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News Release Takeover Day[1]

News Release Takeover Day[1]

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Registered company: 11 MILLION, 1 London Bridge, London SE1 9BG
led by the
Children’s Commissioner for England
3 July 2009
Building on the growing success of 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY, the Children’s Commissioner today set achallenge for 11 MILLION and decision-makers in England to support 30,000 children and young people tohave their voices heard on
Friday 6 November 2009
 – this year’s official date for 11 MILLION TAKEOVERDAY 2009.Sir Al Aynsley-Green called on adults to support 11 MILLION in highlighting the great contribution to societythat children and young people make, by signing-up to 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY 2009.
Sir Al Aynsley-Green, the Children’s Commissioner for England, said:
“We are delighted that every year more and more children and young people are taking part in 11 MILLIONTAKEOVER DAY. Therefore, 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY will be an annual event.“Our sincere thanks are due to the 700 organisations across England who supported 17,000 children andyoung people in England last year – an increase of 7,000 children compared with 2007.“For 2009, I have laid down the challenge to 11 MILLION to almost double our success by asking England tosupport 30,000 children on 6 November 2009.
“The day benefits adults, children and young people. Those who have taken part all tell me they learn a greatdeal from working alongside each other and they look forward to taking part again. Anyone can get involved in11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY because there is no one size fits all formula.“I hope that this year’s 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY will give even more children and young people a chanceto have their say and that it is used as a platform to demonstrate the positive contributions that they make toour society. I urge all adults to sign up via our website now.”11 MILLION TAKEOVER OVER DAY is a national event offering children and young people across thecountry opportunities to work alongside adults and to get involved in decision-making in a diverse range oforganisations.Last year saw 17,000 children and young people ‘takeover’ jobs at nearly 700 organisations including schools,police and fire services, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, media, BT, charities, youthgroups, local authorities, councils and many more.11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY 2009 takes place at the end of a week of activities during National Youth WorkWeek, which is run by the National Youth Agency (NYA) from 1 to 7 November 2009.
As the first sign-up to 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY 2009, Children’s Minister, Baroness Delyth Morgansaid:
“I am delighted to support 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY, it was a great success last year and the Secretary ofState and I are looking forward to welcoming children and young people into the Department in November. 11MILLION TAKEOVER DAY provides organisations across the country with a unique opportunity to givethousands of young people the chance to get involved with decision-making processes and for organisationsto give back to the people they are directly affecting and influencing. I look forward to working with theChildren’s Commissioner to make this year’s TAKEOVER DAY even more successful than the last.”
 Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of The NYA:
“11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY is an excellent opportunity for young people to take an active part in learningabout and shaping the services they use and to participate in their community life. Their participation in localorganisations can help to bring about change through improving policy and services, ensuring they are more
successful and leading to better outcomes all round. The things that young people show they can do as part ofTAKEOVER DAY help change public attitudes and reverse negative perceptions. Of course they won’t changethe world in one day, but they can start the process of influencing those in power and putting forward a youthperspective. We’re delighted to be part of it and would urge all young people and organisations with an interestin young people to get involved too.”
 Kim Bromley-Derry, President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services:
“Takeover Day is a great opportunity to give children and young people the chance to show what they can do,to express their views and make a positive contribution to the places that they live. We should do everythingwe can to make the most of our young people and all that they have to give.”The Diana Award will again work in partnership with 11 MILLION to link young people with organisationswishing to take part in 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY.
Maggie Turner, Director of the Diana Award:
“Diana Award Holders are positive young role models that are passionate about the work they do to make adifference in their communities. Our network of over 27,000 Award Holders, from across the UK, would be anasset to any workforce and we hope to build on our involvement with 11 MILLION TAKEOVER DAY last year.”
ENDSNotes to Editors:
1. Further information and guidance to assist children and young people and adults to plan their TAKEOVERDAY will be available on the 11 MILLION website:www.11MILLION.org.uk(in the TAKEOVER DAY room)2. 11 MILLION, formerly the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, supports the 11 million children andyoung people in England to have their voices heard. The Children’s Commissioner for England wasestablished under The Children Act 2004 to be the independent voice of children and young people and tochampion their interests and bring their concerns and views to the national arena.3. Youth Work Week is from 1-7 November 2009 and supports a focused period of themed activities for youthworkers, while also raising the profile of the youth service as a whole. Being resilient and resourceful arethe themes for this year.www.nya.org.uk 4. The Diana Award gives recognition to outstanding young people who make selfless contributions to theircommunities and invest a huge amount of energy and compassion to improve the lives of others. Thereare three main categories; The Diana Award for individuals who make a sustained, selfless contribution totheir community, and who demonstrate exceptional personal qualities; The Diana Certificate of Excellence

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