Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

National Citizens Service event

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Anneliese joined other community leaders for a ‘Dragons Den’ style event for young people taking part in a National Citizens Service programme.

Anneliese and the other ‘Dragons’ heard presentations made by groups of young people about projects they had come up with and judged how to assign prize money. Each group had been working with a different local charity throughout the week leading up to their presentation, and their task was to come up with a proposal for a 'campaign' to raise awareness of a local issue or help a disadvantaged group in society. All groups had a funding cap of £20 and Anneliese and the other ‘Dragons’ had to decide whether their plans for how to spend their money were sensible, and also which group, if any, should be awarded a further £10 - or even £30- to boost their plans.

Anneliese said “I was impressed by the work that each of the teams had done, and I and my fellow ‘Dragons’ had a very difficult job in deciding which group should get the most money. Each of the schemes were innovative and imaginative in different ways, and I am sure that all projects went on to be great successes. I hope the young people on the programme enjoyed the day as much as I did!”

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