Students from a Beccles school have been officially presented with their prizes for winning a National Youth Takeover Day challenge.
Four students from Beccles Free School; Grace Hall, Rory Jackson, Connor Prettyman and Kai Spackman, were declared the overall winners of the National Youth Takeover Day challenge held at Waveney District Council’s Riverside offices in Lowestoft on 18 November.
The event, organised by the Council’s Active Communities Team and the Waveney Youth Council, saw students from the Benjamin Britten Music Academy, Ormiston Denes Academy, Pakefield High School, Beccles Free School and Sir John Leman High School learn more about the challenges involved in delivering local health services.
Joined by representatives from East Coast Community Healthcare, the Council and NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG (HealthEast), the students learnt about the delivery and funding of local health services and were then tasked with deciding how to spend the CCG’s £360million budget over the next five years. Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, joined the students during the event.
Cllr Frank Mortimer, Waveney’s cabinet member for Customers and Communities said:
“The students from Beccles Free School gave an excellent presentation to the panel and showed great teamwork throughout the day. It is always a pleasure to support Youth Takeover Day which gives our young people the opportunity to learn more about how local services are delivered.”
During the day, the students were faced with a series of hypothetical challenges including a need to invest more in mental health services and reorganisation in social care. This meant reallocating their budget across a wide range of services to meet the needs of the public, whilst justifying their decisions to an expert panel.