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4) Consulting the community

Discuss with children why they should consult other people when suggesting changes to the park or creating new facilities within it.

Who

Decide whom they should consult, for example:

  • current users of the park?
  • local residents?
  • residents who don't visit the park much?
  • local groups and clubs?
  • workers who use the park at lunchtime?

At what point should they consult the council?

What to ask?

Discuss what questions children want to ask and how do they want to receive responses.

How to ask people

Look at different ways of consulting the local community.

  • Poster in shop windows or public spaces;
  • Letter in local newspaper article inviting people to submit ideas;
  • Telephone interviews;
  • Radio broadcast;
  • Questionnaires posted to homes nearby;
  • Interviews with park visitors.

Invite local people into school and interview them about what they like, don't like and what they'd like to see in the park. Adults working in the school and school governors could also be canvassed for their opinions.