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Description

Aim: To find out about the scope and location of amenities/facilities in their locality. To find out if there are sufficient amenities in the locality. To produce a promotional leaflet for their locality. Taken from the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community Local and National E1

Resources

Activity 1
• Separate pieces of card
• Pens
• Maps of own locality

Activity 2
• None specific, but access to paper/pens etc. useful

Activity 3
• Examples of brochures, leaflets taken from a local Tourist Information Bureau
• Artistic materials
• If possible, access to IT resources and the internet

Instructions

Activity 1 - Amenities Research

Aim: To find out about the scope and location of amenities/facilities in their locality.

Instructions:
• Give a definition of an amenity.
• Get young people to list different amenities a town might have (library, swimming pool, post office, leisure centre etc.).
• Discuss whether all communities should have all of these amenities? Does it depend on size? How far should someone have to travel?
• On a street plan of community, locate the amenities listed.
• Discuss where they are sited. Do young people think this is the best place?

Tips / Advice:
If you are part of a large town or city, restrict the discussion to your neighbourhood.

Activity 2 - Amenities Wanted

Aim: To find out if there are sufficient amenities in the locality.

Instructions:
• Remind young people of the previous session on amenities.
• Are the amenities sufficient for their locality?
• What other things would they like to see?
• Are the things they listed young person specific?
• How could they find out what different age groups want.
• Devise a survey/questionnaire to be distributed (in other groups, church, through parents, etc.).
• Think about how the results could be used (writing to the Council / newspaper etc.).

Tips / Advice:
Would it be possible to invite a local Councillor to your group to be questioned or to inform the young people how to get their ideas across.

Activity 3 - Visit My Town

Aim: To produce a promotional leaflet for their locality.

Instructions:
• Show tourist leaflets for a town (these may not be your area).
• Is it aimed at a particular age group?
• Get the young people to produce a leaflet aimed at young people of their age.
• Allow access to IT sources and the internet if possible.
• Remind your young people of the amenities research and what young people wanted.

Tips / Advice:
Split the group into pairs or threes to produce the leaflet.

For full details see the BB Company Section Discoverer Pro Pack, Community Local and National E1

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