Ilex, the urban regeneration company today announced they have received a commendation from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young people (NICCY) for the Participation Awards 2011. The awards have been designed to recognise work in the civil service and public sector to involve children and young people in policy development and decision-making. NICCY received 24 applications from a range of government departments and public bodies.
Aideen McGinley, Ilex’s Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to receive this commendation which recognises our extensive consultation with children and young people throughout the regeneration planning process. Children and young people are the focus of the One Plan and it is vital that it reflects their views and priorities. Congratulations also to the Western Health and Social Care Trust on receiving a commendation for their 16+ Pathway Team project”.
Clionagh Boyle, Early Years added: “We were delighted with the level of engagement from our youngest citizens in shaping the One Plan. Children and young people responded in greater numbers than any other citizen group, contributing creative, intelligent and practical ideas to the process. Our obligation now is to honour our commitments to children and young people and to ensure that a high level of communication, engagement and accountability is sustained”.
The Verbal Arts Centre, Derry, was commissioned to design versions of the Plan for age ranges 5-11 and 12-18, which were piloted with groups of children and young people. Based on feedback, the final versions of both booklets were sent to all 75 schools in the Derry City Council area, resulting in almost 3,000 responses. A selection of the artwork is currently on display at Ebrington.