The Ipswich Society is keen to engage with young people and as a new
member of the Executive Committee I have been asked to assist in that
initiative. The project is in its early stages and a strategy has yet to
be proposed and agreed.
However to make a start I made contact with Suffolk New College and
found myself presenting the work of the Society to a group of students
undertaking their studies on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Business.
Following the presentation the course tutor, Ian Howlett, kindly agreed
to link one of the study units with an area of interest to the Society -
the future promotion of the town of Ipswich. The students have identified
a number of projects ranging from a new shopping centre to improvements
to the night-time venues.
An opportunity presented itself for two students, Amy Carpenter and P J
Banjo (photo below), to join me at a workshop with the Ipswich Central
Town Centre Forum exploring future initiatives for the Ipswich Central
team to adopt and take forward. Both students took a full and active
part in the workshop making valuable contributions on behalf of young
people. Carole Jones, an Ipswich Borough Councillor on our table at the
workshop, said, "Having the students on our table was a real asset,
Graham," and I entirely endorse that comment. They were a credit to
themselves and Suffolk New College.
I am hoping this success will lead to a long term relationship between
the Society and Suffolk New College. Certainly I have found that there
is a wealth of knowledge and experience within the Society that can be of
value to young people interested in the past, present and future of Ipswich.
I would be pleased to hear from any school, college or other organisation
that would like to discuss opportunities for the Society to engage with