Peabody youngsters take part in political debate
Three young Peabody estate residents join politicians and policy makers, at an event to debate Britain’s future in Europe.
The boys were special guests at the event organised by campaign group British Influence, where they met the Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames MP, former Labour MP Baroness Oona King, and best-selling author Frances Edmonds.
The residents are aged between 12 and 13
They attended the event as part of a Peabody project known as Relationship Status: It’s Complicated, which is co-funded by the EU through the Erasmus+ programme. The project will give young people a chance to better understand the EU political system, take part in master classes, organise events, and influence decision-makers on the issues that are most important to them.
‘The event was very interesting and we learnt lots about the UK’s role in Europe," says Jack,13. "With Peabody’s support, we can use this experience to hold a similar event for our project."
Isabel Chapman, Peabody Assistant Youth Coordinator and the project's leader, adds: "Everyone was so welcoming and pleased to meet the boys. Hopefully this will encourage them to attend more events, and as part of the project, host their own debates exploring political issues that matter to young people."