News release – 13 April 2012
Young people help CityWest Homes kick off its 10th birthday celebrations
Young people from three Westminster estates were treated to an afternoon of pizza as they helped CityWest Homes to officially launch its 10th birthday celebrations.
The young people from Westbourne Park, Bayswater and Queen’s Park, ranging in age from 10 to 16 years, spent the afternoon munching on free pizza and chatting with Lord Mayor of Westminster, Susie Burbridge.
To a captive audience, the Lord Mayor described how she became a politician and mayor, explaining that education and qualifications were important but so are hard work, commitment and dedication. She also asked their thoughts about the youth clubs, estates, what they liked as well as what could be improved.
The group also took part in a thought-shower, giving the teams from CityWest Homes lots of ideas for activities at the youth clubs. Ideas included a trip to a Westminster Warriors basketball game, a uniform for their estate football team, camping trips, table tennis games, more afternoon activities and summer trips.
Henning Riedel, youth club manager for CityWest Homes, said: “The young people were really impressed that the Lord Mayor spent so much time talking to them. They felt very much listened to and thought that she was easy to talk to.
“After the party, two of the young people went to speak to the village manager at Westbourne Park asking him whether some improvements could be made to the youth club. They’re now working together to find an affordable solution to best use the space available - they’re very excited. And they really liked the pizzas!”
CityWest Homes celebrates ten years as an arms length management organisation after being set up in April 2002 by Westminster City Council to manage the city’s housing estates. Throughout the year, the company will host a number of ten year anniversary themed community events across Westminster. The pinnacle of which will be the annual Great Communities Day to be held in Little Venice in July.
Mark Hoyland, CityWest Homes’ chief executive, said: “The party was an excellent way to begin our tenth birthday celebrations. We run many youth clubs on our estates and it was great to get an insight into what young people want from the facilities we provide.
“I’d like to thank the Lord Mayor and all the young people who joined us for making this a special occasion.”
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Photo: Simeon Akinjiola (14) tries on the Lord Mayor's chains
Photograph taken by Rodney Pedroza, CityWest Homes.