Published: Friday, 13th January 2023

Children and young people across Medway are being encouraged to get creative and help come up with ideas for a new child-friendly mascot.

Our Child-Friendly Medway team is asking young people for their drawings and ideas which will be used as inspiration by local artists to create a shortlist of final designs that young people will be able to vote on. The chosen design will then be made into a costume which will appear with the team at events.

All schools across Medway as well as local youth and creative groups will be sent a copy of the design sheet and young people can also take part in special creative workshops, led by local artists.

A workshop for children aged eight and over is being held in partnership with Medway Youth Service on Tuesday, 17 January from 6.30pm until 8pm at St Luke’s Church Hall in City Way, Rochester and workshops for young people aged 11 to 18 will take place at Chatham Library between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, 28 January and Saturday, 4, 11 and 18 February. To book your space, email childfriendly@medway.gov.uk.

More workshops will be announced, for children of all ages, on Child-Friendly Medway’s social media pages and on our website.

The mascot design project is being sponsored by Countryside Partnerships and Hyde through the Rochester Riverside Community Board, which was set up to spread the benefits of the Rochester Riverside regeneration scheme across Medway by supporting worthwhile community-led projects. The Community Board has awarded a £5,000 grant to support the mascot project.

Children are at the heart of everything we do

Leader of Medway Council, Cllr Alan Jarrett, said: “Children are at the heart of everything we do in Medway and I would encourage children and young people to take part in the free artist workshops and share their ideas and designs. I would also like to thank Countryside and Hyde for supporting this exciting project. I look forward to seeing our youngest residents’ ideas.”

Hotbed of talent and creativity 

Tom Morrissey, Development Director at Countryside Partnerships, added: “Through the Rochester Riverside Community Board we are committed to ensuring that the benefits of Rochester Riverside go far beyond the new homes and amenities that we are building, and so we are delighted to support this valuable project. Medway is a hotbed of talent and creativity and so we are excited to see the designs emerge, which will help to make Medway an even better place to live.”  

Our Child-Friendly Medway team was launched in April 2021 to create a platform for children and young people to share their views and have their say on what they would like to see in the local area they are growing up in.

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