A guest blog by Wigan Youth Voice
‘I really enjoyed seeing the stuff about equality as well as getting an insight into the past,’ says Terri-Leigh Smith, 15, from Wigan.
Terri-Leigh is part of Wigan youth group, Wigan Youth Voice, one of several youth groups run by Wigan Council to encourage and enable young people to have their views heard, campaign for change, improve their communities and influence decisions that are made about things that affect young people.
The group chose to visit the People’s History Museum as a reward for their work over the past year and so that they could find out more about the history of democracy.
Youth worker Scott Williams explains,
‘The museum was brilliant because as youth workers we talk to young people about democracy and politics and how valuable it is to have the opportunity to have your say and make a difference. But it was great to be able to show them real life examples of the struggles some people have been through in the past to create change.’
‘The visit inspired a really interesting discussion afterwards about how much some things have changed and how some things still aren’t equal and need to change.’
Some of the group particularly appreciated how interactive the exhibitions were.
Lenin Ireme, 14, says,
‘I really liked the models of the old houses. You could go in and look inside them. I didn’t realise some people used to have bathrooms in their kitchens. I wouldn’t have liked that, it’s not good hygiene. You could also dress up in different hats and become different people.’
Whilst others learned some new things.
Adam Green, 17, says,
‘It was all about how things were in the past, how people lived and what has changed. I learned more about equal rights, especially for women, and the suffragettes.’
The group will now be recommending the visit to the other Youth Voice groups in Wigan Borough. To find out more about how young people can get involved and have their say in Wigan, email firstname.lastname@example.org