Making a song and dance about Take Part project in Stevenage

THE success of a special project was marked by song and dance.

A celebration event was held at North Hertfordshire College at the end of the two-year Take Part project in Stevenage.

This aims to give people the skills and knowledge that will help them to take part in decision making in their communities.

Stevenage Borough Council has been working closely with the World Forum for Ethnic Communities and Hertfordshire County Council to focus on black and minority ethnic groups in the borough. There has been a particular focus on:

• Highlighting the opportunities available to influence decisions

• Providing training to help access opportunities to get involved

• Enabling shadowing of front-line services to understand how agencies work together.

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Many of the 100-plus people who have participated in Take Part attended the event, which included performances by choirs, dancers and poets.

Cllr Sharon Taylor, leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “Take Part in Stevenage has meant offering people the opportunity to learn about decision making and how to get involved.

“It has been a two-way process, the participants have built their skills and confidence while the decision makers have learned about the sometimes invisible barriers which prevent people from getting involved.

“The event was all about celebrating success and recognising achievement, as well as making a commitment to continue Take Part in whatever way we can. So much hard work has gone into the programme and I hope that the enthusiasm and commitment will not be lost.”

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