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Author Topic: ‘Wacky’ ideas sought as deadline extended for Challenge Prize  (Read 1095 times)
RBWM Press Release
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« on: August 20, 2014, 03:40:04 PM »

The Royal Borough has extended the deadline for entries to its popular Bright Idea Challenge Prize competition to 12midnight, Monday 15 September, to ensure residents who may have been away during the summer still have the opportunity to send in their ideas. The deadline for the young people’s prize has been extended to Monday 22 September – to encourage young people’s entries through borough schools.

The £20,000 competition rewards people for bright ideas that will make life better for people who live or work in the borough – with prizes for the best ideas and help to the winners to make their ideas happen. There is an £800 first prize and £100 for the best idea from a young person under 18.

Winning solutions should relate to one or more of the following areas:

supporting children and young people
encouraging healthy people and lifestyles
improving the environment, economy and transport
working for safer and stronger communities.
Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet for policy and performance, said: “This is a great chance for residents to think of a problem that really bugs them and come up with an idea to make it better.

“We are hoping that, by encouraging more ideas from young people, they will help us to come up with something really original and inventive. We have already received a good number of entries but as we are in the school holidays we are aware that many residents, particularly under-18s, might not have had the chance to enter yet, so we are extending the deadline.

“It could be something wacky like the giant waterslide that brought 65,000 people into the centre of Bristol or something far more practical like a way of encouraging people to take exercise or tackling litter problems. With the Challenge Prize, all ideas are good ideas. So get your thinking caps on and enter your idea to make a difference and you could win a prize!”

Cllr Natasha Airey, deputy lead member for youth provision and community budgets, said: “We are really keen to capture young people’s imaginations and I would encourage them to send in their ideas.

“When I was Member for Youth Parliament I was very keen for young people to have a voice and to make a positive impact for all residents. The Challenge Prize is an excellent example of this. As one of the judges, I am particularly looking forward to seeing what our younger residents suggest.”

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