Cambridge student showcase looks to the future
Cambridge student showcase looks to the future
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On 16th June, students from the Shirley Community Primary School and North Cambridge Academy came together as part of a showcase of a six-month project with Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI), which looked at what the Core Site could deliver for young people in Cambridge. An exhibition of the student drawings and creations was held at the Primary School, with a screening of a short film created by CC&I documenting the process, and canapes supplied by Cambridge Sustainable Food.

At the start of the project, the young people worked with artists Sally Todd, Helen Stratford and Hilary Cox Condron to think together about what they might need from a new development such as the Core Site in North East Cambridge. Several themes emerged throughout. They included the role of nature within the development, and the need for public open spaces to cater to young people. The safety of girls and women was also raised, with several participants stating thought needed to be given to measures that meant it was safe to walk around the development, no matter what the time of day.

The filmed that was shown at the event can be viewed by clicking here.

Frances Wright, Head of Community Partnering at TOWN, who commissioned the project with CCI said:

“The work undertaken by Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination has been fantastic, as was the contribution of the young people who got involved in the project.

It was fascinating to hear the perspective of the young people from both schools. The ideas that the groups raised will be fed directly into our design team who are in the process of evolving our masterplan for the Core Site.

We are committed to reaching out to people of all ages and this is the start of our engagement with young people in North East Cambridge.

Ruth Sapsed, Director of CCI, commented:

‘Enabling children and young people to develop and express their own ideas is a crucial part of our mission as a charity. They are the future guardians of our world. We are always moved at the care and understanding children and young people show both for each other and the natural world in our projects and the 118 young people who we worked with here were no different. Their powerful reflections on the importance of nature and the sorts of spaces where it and they can thrive are articulated clearly here.’

The Core Site project team will continue to engage with the young people at the two schools, and with CC&I who will be participating in the People, City, Planet Festival being held on 17th / 18th September 2022.

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