Josie helps shape the future of the Olympic park

Josie in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Josie Widger, 17, is studying A-levels (History, Religious Studies  and Psychology) at NewVIc and is a new member of the Legacy Youth Voice. This group channels the energies of young people into finding new ways of using the park to benefit the whole community.

The Legacy Youth Voice (formerly the Legacy Youth Panel) was formed four years prior to the London 2012 Games. The project harnesses young people's interest and enthusiasm, and enables them to make a valuable contribution to the regeneration of east London.

Through the project the panel can:

  • Influence and shape the Park
  • Review and input into design plans and strategy documents
  • Be the voice out to young people about what is happening in the Park
  • Help to develop opportunities for young people to get involved in the Park

Josie at the induction sessionBut it also provides development and personal growth opportunities for the young people involved in the group. Many previous members have developed strong CVs and found part-time work as a result of the programme, whilst others have gone on to study at university, and some have gone on to work or volunteer at the Park.

Josie says: "I’m really excited about the opportunity of being involved in making the park even better. Last weekend I had my induction in which I got to meet lots of other young people from East London who were all passionate about change. I'm really looking forward to being involved in my first project!"

Please contact Sandra Bauer, Head of Marketing on 020 7540 0641, for any media enquiries regarding NewVIc. We can help with enquiries about specific NewVIc stories, find commentators for particular subjects, and help with other requests.