Tackling overcrowding and housing problems
BBC Young Reporter, and alumni of Notre Dame RC Girls’ School, Angelica led a fantastic piece on BBC London News last week surrounding overcrowding and poor repairs in Southwark council homes.
Angelica reported on her own housing situation and interviewed Cllr Helen Dennis, Southwark's cabinet member for new homes and sustainable development, on what they are doing to solve the issue. Angelica also returned to Notre Dame to speak to Head Girl Grace and Deputy Head Girls Chioma and Sarah – all members of the school’s Citizens group led by Southwark Citizens for Citizens UK.
Albinia Stanley, Community Organiser working with Southwark Citizens, worked with our Citizens group last year and commented:
Through working alongside other schools, faith organisations and universities in the borough, the students led a successful campaign which has achieved significant improvements to the service being formalised in the new Southwark Repairs Improvement Plan. While the change we can achieve in the world is a key part of why we work to develop young people as community leaders at Citizens UK, the effect on the young people themselves is even more important.
Read the BBC News report here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/articles/cndp0wglr8zo
Watch a clip of Angelica, Grace, Chioma and Sarah on published on the SE1 website courtesy of the BBC's Local News Partnerships: https://www.se1.news/bbc-young-reporter-southwark-housing/
We are so proud of the maturity and courageousness of our girls here at Notre Dame, and watching them flourish into leaders of the future.