3 Sep 2009

TIME is running out for young people across Northern Ireland to snap what is good and bad about where they live to be in with a chance of winning an 8GB iPod Touch.

As part of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY), Patricia Lewsley’s, ‘Play, Leisure and Things to do’ priority the ‘Here we are… nowhere’ campaign asks young people to tell the Commissioner about their experience of play and leisure.

Play Campaign 1.jpg

Young people aged between 11-18 years can simply send in photos or make a short video about what they like to do in their spare time, where they like to do it and if anything can be done to make it better.

The best photo and video entry will each win an 8GB iPod Touch.

“Over the last three years children and young people told me that play, leisure and things to do should be one of my top priorities,” said Ms Lewsley.

“Now through this campaign young people have the opportunity to show me what is good and bad about leisure activities where they live and why areas are safe or unsafe for them to spend time in.

“Since launching the campaign at the start of summer young people have told me about their parks, where they live and even demonstrated some of their hobbies and interests such as free-running, playing music and doing sports. You can view these at www.niccy.org or www.youtube.com/niccyplay.

“Young people can use their mobile phone, camcorder or camera to take pictures and videos of activities they do, where they live. The images will be presented to Government officials later this year where it is hoped the information gathered will help influence government’s play and leisure strategy and ultimately improve play and leisure for children and young people across Northern Ireland.”

MEDIA ENQUIRIES For more information please contact Andrew McGall, Communication Officer at NICCY on 028 9031 1616 or   communications@niccy.org