What is the Mayor’s Challenge?
Every year, the elected Mayor has the opportunity to engage with young people via the Mayor’s Challenge. The Challenge is different every year and decided on by the Mayor. The Challenge is designed to encourage young people to engage with the community and make lasting improvements to the Town.
The Mayor’s Challenge 2018
Councillor Derrick Griffin is on a mission to help Sutton Coldfield pupils become more active. He has written to all Primary schools in the town inviting them to apply for a grant of £650 to encourage young people to get up and moving.
Grants could be spent on new equipment to introduce a new sport to the school, or play equipment to help children with specific needs to take part in a range of activities. It can also be spent on external coaching, to help pupils learn new skills or try a selection of different sports.
The Mayor will follow up on projects in March/ April 2019 and further grants will be awarded to those schools who have been the most creative in encouraging children to become more active.
The Mayor’s Challenge 2017
Councillor David Pears wanted to discover the Junior Eco Champions of Sutton Coldfield. He therefore invited local schools to develop a range of environmental projects. To support their efforts, each school that applied has been provided with funding of £650 specifically for projects that will enable them to become even greener and cleaner whilst also encouraging children to spend more time outside being active.
The final part of the challenge took place in March 2018 where a panel including the Mayor, selected the top four schools who had made the greatest impact using their initial funding.
The winners were Banners Gate Primary, Langley Special School, Mere Green Primary and Moor Hall Primary. These schools were awarded a further grant of £500 to continue to make enhancements to their project, the environment, sustainability and wildlife in their school.
Congratulations to the 23 schools that applied.
The Mayor’s Challenge 2016
The Mayor’s Challenge in 2016 was called the ‘Pick up and pass it on’ challenge. 30 infant and junior schools in Sutton Coldfield took part and made a difference to their community every day by agreeing to pick up one piece of litter or debris and carrying out one good deed a day to help their teachers, peers or families.
18 primary schools took the challenge even further and participated in the Junior Council Session with the Mayor Charlotte Hodivala and other council members. Between them they agreed on ideas to improve the health and happiness of children and benefit others in the community.
The three final recommendations that the young delegates decided upon were:
- Trim Trail – a nature and exercise trail that would get the whole family activities be free to use and encourage residents to learn about their wonderful parks and exercises to keep them fit and healthy.
- Benches, Plants and Living Walls – more benches, plants or living walls throughout parks or shopping centers to brighten up the town.
- Helping the Homeless – a fact sheet for local organisations and schools containing information about homelessness and how you can help the homeless, for example places to donate old blankets and clothes.
School children that took part received a pin badge from the Mayor.
The trim trail was installed in New Hall Valley Park in early 2018 as a result of the Mayor’s Challenge and the children’s ideas.