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Young people take charge

Posted on 25 November 2016

On Friday 18 November 2016, we invited five young people to our head office in central London to ‘take control of the business’ for the day. These activities were organised as part of the Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge 2016.

The young residents, aged between 16 and 21, were paired with directors from across the business, stepping into their shoes. During the morning, the young people participated in meetings, interviewed staff, wrote blogs and social media updates, attended a staff Q&A session and filmed in our ‘news centre’.

Shyanne Wright, 16, from North London, said: ‘I liked being in a working environment around people who were once my age and in my position. It made me feel like I could one day be as successful as them.’

South London resident, Darren Owusu, 21, said: ‘I was excited to be paired with Hyde’s Chief Executive, Elaine Bailey. As someone who is still searching for a suitable career, to be given the opportunity to speak face-to-face with a CEO of a large company was an unforgettable experience, and I learned a great deal from the time I spent with her. At the end of the event Elaine offered to mentor me, which is an amazing honour. It was an overwhelming day from start to finish!’

Elaine said: 'At Hyde we know that young people are 25 per cent of the population, but 100 per cent of the future. We see them as assets and future leaders. Participating in Takeover Challenge has been a great experience and has given us the opportunity to find out what the next generation’s priorities are in housing – something Hyde will benefit enormously from.’

Takeover Challenge is a national event led by the Children’s Commissioner for England which puts children and young people into decision-making roles. Organisations and businesses benefit as they gain a fresh insight into their work by listening to children’s ideas and experience.