Award for young Sheffield inspectors

Fantastic: Hassan Ahmed, aged 13, Emily Flynn, 15, and Jordan Sheppard, 12, who rate facilities for young people in Sheffield.
Fantastic: Hassan Ahmed, aged 13, Emily Flynn, 15, and Jordan Sheppard, 12, who rate facilities for young people in Sheffield.
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A TEAM of youngsters who go undercover to rate facilities in Sheffield have been given five stars themselves and presented with an award at the Houses of Parliament.

The Young Inspectors are a group of children and young people from different backgrounds and cultures, both disabled and able-bodied, who assess activities and places to go all over the city.

The inspectors see if they give a warm welcome to all young people and make sure they are safe to enjoy and accessible for all.

Now the project – which involves about 50 children and teenagers aged between eight and 19 – has won an ‘Inspiring Project’ award from the British Youth Council.

Three Young Inspectors – Jordan Sheppard, aged 12, Hassan Ahmed, 13, and 15-year-old Emily Flynn – travelled to the Houses of Parliament to receive the award from Ed Timpson, children and families minister.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “This is a fantastic project which fully deserves national recognition.

“The idea was to bring children and young people from different backgrounds, cultures and abilities together to help improve the services they get when they take part in different activities.

“They’ve all made new friends, acquired new skills, and broadened their experience. The Young Inspectors do a brilliant job and this award is well deserved.”

The Young Inspectors receive full training and support from the council.

They usually go undercover to take part in an activity and then award between one and five stars for the help they’ve had from staff, safety and surroundings, accessibility and the fun factor. They award an overall star score and give feedback to the venue.

* What do you rate facilities for young people in Sheffield? Email: letters@thestar.co.uk.