People of all ages have been telling me there’s nothing for youngsters to do in our city. That surprised me. Since becoming Leader in May, I’ve seen first-hand a huge amount of good work going on. But I’ve also learnt it’s really hard for children, young people and parents to find out about it, easily, in one place.
That’s why we’ve launched Summer Squad – a new what’s-on-in-the-city guide for young people online and in print. It’s also why the council has announced new investment this summer in activities for our young people.
We haven’t done this alone. The thinking behind the Summer Squad name, this website, the booklet and activities were developed with young people. I’d especially like to thank the students at St Matthias and Colton Hills Community School, the pupils of St Jude’s Primary School (I got a grilling there far tougher and far more enjoyable than any council meeting I’ve ever attended), the city’s Youth Council and the many fantastic schools they represent.
I hope you’ll see, there’s a lot going on. Over 300 events in total, organised by a host of fantastic organisations, over the next six weeks. Please, please support Summer Squad. Young people are our future. We need to support them to give them the best possible start in life and the opportunities they deserve.
Councillor Ian Brookfield
Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council