What’s the aim of the game?

  • To encourage the group to be creative and use their design skills.
  • To help young people to express what’s important to them in their local area.
  • To encourage the group to think about what they might like to campaign about.

What equipment do we need?

A big piece of cardboard with a road drawn on.

Small boxes (different shapes and sizes), clean food cartons, cans and other items of ’junk’ that you don’t need anymore.

Some pictures or something to represent landmarks/ important buildings in your local area.

Sellotape or glue.

How do we play it?

1. Set up an area of the room with junk modelling items.

2. Encourage the group to use the materials to make a junk model town. They should include services that people need to have in their town e.g a school, post office, fire station, hospital, as well as fun things like parks and swimming pools.

3. After making the town, ask the group whether there is anything missing in their junk town and what they would improve if they could make it again. Then ask the group if there is anything missing in their local town and what improvements they would like to make.

How much time will it take?

This activity should last about an hour at the minimum.

How can the activity be adapted and extended?

  • This activity can be used to start a discussion about what the group would like to campaign on.
  • The group enjoy the activity they could spend more time on making their ideal junk town!

What roles can staff and volunteers play?

Collect items for junk modelling.

Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure everyone’s voice is listened to.

If needed, HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas, help the young people to move around the room and generally support young people to actively take part.
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