Children took over The Mall Blackburn!

Year six children from Roe Lee Park Primary school joined The Mall management team as part of its Takeover Day on Wednesday 10th October.

The unique initiative, which is supported by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, gave the youngsters the chance to see the exciting world of retail first hand and share their opinions and ideas.

The class worked alongside General Manager Loraine Jones, Operations Manager Andrew Smith, Soft Services Manager Ronnie O’Keeffe, Marketing Manager Laura Diffey and other staff members and gained first-hand insight into how the different roles contribute to the daily running of a busy shopping centre.

Following behind the scenes tours of the service area, control room, recycling facilities and management offices the children were tasked with presenting ideas that could further improve operations before being given certificates and goody bags.

Roe Lee Park Primary School Deputy Headteacher, Miss Butterworth, said the class were very much looking forward to the day.



“This is a fabulous opportunity to see The Mall from a totally different perspective.

“I am sure they all visit with their parents, but what they see is only a small part of a huge operation.

“It also fits perfectly with our Personal, Social and Health Education curriculum by making children more aware of the world around them and getting them to start thinking about what career path they want to follow.”

Loraine Jones, General Manager at The Mall Blackburn, said: “The Mall’s Takeover Day is a fabulous initiative that we all really look forward. Last year we welcomed St Paul’s RC Primary School and they had a fantastic day.

“The pupils always immerse themselves in the day and their enthusiasm knows no bounds!"

“I am a firm believer that children should get the chance to learn outside the classroom and see, first hand, the world of work whenever possible.