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RECLAIM Salford Girls holds enterprise challenge on campus

Jan 09, 2019

The Reclaim Salford Girls 2018 Manifesto
The Reclaim Salford Girls 2018 Manifesto

A local youth leadership charity “RECLAIM Salford Girls” will be holding an enterprise challenge for 25 secondary school children in Peel Building on Tuesday and Wednesday next week. During the two-day event, the Year 8 girls will be taking part in a social enterprise business competition. This will see them work in teams to develop ideas for a social enterprise before pitching it to a panel of judges, including University colleagues.

We already work with the three schools involved in the RECLAIM Salford Girls’ project – Buile Hill Visual Arts College, All Hallows RC High School and Oasis MediaCity Academy – with Professor Tony Long from the School of Health and Society invited to their manifesto ‘reveal’ last October. The cohort drew up their manifesto after an intense period of leadership, enterprise, activism and community development training which they undertook over half term at Salford Lad’s Club.

The manifesto for change outlines four areas where RECLAIM Salford Girls really want to make a difference for local young women.

·         Access to Sports

·         Action on Homelessness

·         Feeling safe in public

·         Action on pollution and the cleanliness of the environment.

Watch the girls speak with passion to BBC reporters about their manifesto and why it’s important by clicking here.

Addressing these challenges will have knock-on benefits for the wider community and colleagues in the School of Health and Society are exploring how they can use their expertise and existing community links to help the charity achieve its ambitions.

Discussions are ongoing with academics in our Directorate of Social Work, ICZ Sport-focused engagement and the Sustainable Housing and Urban Studies Unit (SHUSU) as to how we can best support the charity’s aims. Interdisciplinary work between our Directorate of Adult Nursing and the School of the Built Environment has also been suggested in relation to the environmental challenges. This outreach project will also be a key component of the School’s path to attain Silver Athena Swan accreditation.

If you would like to get involved at a later stage with the project or find out more, please contact Associate Dean Academic, Neil Withnell on ext 52731