Why I volunteered from property firm Lend Lease to engage young people with community development

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Every year in September, Lend Lease employees are encouraged to volunteer a day of their time to local community projects as part of our Community Day programme.

This year, I was delighted to arrange a Community Day with the Citizenship Foundation and The Glass-House Community Led Design, as part of their Make it our Neighbourhood project.

This project aims to engage young people in the process of place-making so we arranged a day with students at a local school in Elephant & Castle – where we are currently delivering a £1.5bn regeneration project – to engage them in public realm design.

It was a fantastic day with the students and we found it valuable to hear their opinions of Elephant & Castle. Their innovative and thought provoking ideas of what we could potentially do with the designs for public realm were hugely beneficial and the students’ positive attitude towards regeneration and localism was great to see.

Too often, young people are under-represented when it comes to formal consultation processes even though they are arguably the group who are set to benefit most from regeneration projects.

Lend Lease is therefore really keen to engage with this age group during the lifetime of our project in Elephant & Castle and opportunities like the Make it our Neighbourhood project are a great way to do so.

Sophie Thacker works for property developer Lend Lease and is a volunteer for Make it our Neighbourhood.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

2 thoughts on “Why I volunteered from property firm Lend Lease to engage young people with community development

  1. Great stuff Sophie. We think we may have another worthwhile project in Wandsworth this year too.

  2. Thanks Bruce. It was a great project to be involved with. Good luck with the next community day in Wandsworth!

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