About this event
Many Big Local partnerships have identified issues around youth exploitation and violence in their areas, sometimes related to crime, sex and trafficking, and gang and group violence.
This learning cluster will bring together residents and partners to develop community-based solutions, drawing on their skills and experience of working with young people and in their communities. You will also develop their networks and support structures, strengthen their practice and build confidence to address these issues in Big Local areas and beyond. The learning cluster may choose to focus on:
- Young people who are exploited, recruited and groomed to participate either willingly or unwillingly in sexual, criminal, gang or group related activity
- Exploitation of young people, many of whom are vulnerable and from strong family backgrounds
- The methods of recruitment and operation by organised groups
- Young people who are exploited into criminal activity including young refugees
- How and whether grooming is something happening in and affecting the Big local community
What are learning clusters?
Big Locals are tackling big issues, and that means making the most of the opportunities and assets in your area and overcoming significant challenges. With the new Big Local Learning Clusters, you don’t have to face them alone.
By joining a cluster, you will connect with a supportive group of other Big Locals and learn about how to put your ideas into practice or take a project you're involved in to the next level.
We’ve designed four Learning Clusters initially, covering topics that Big Locals have prioritised in their plans but can sometimes feel ‘too big’ to tackle alone.
As part of the Learning Cluster you’ll meet up four times over a year. At the first meet-up, you’ll discuss how you want to learn and what you’re interested in. We’ll then work with you to share inspiring stories, learning and experiences, motivate one another, build skills and engage with people that have had success. In between the meetings you can also use the new Big Local social network, Workplace, to keep the conversation going.
After a year, we hope you’ll have been supported to achieve something great and will take the opportunity to share what you’ve learnt with other Big Locals.
More about this event
How do I join?
If you’re interested in joining any of the clusters, or have suggestions for another cluster, email Programmes.
Does it cost anything to join?
The programme is free to join and costs associated with attending sessions (e.g. travel, accommodation, childcare) will be covered by Local Trust.
What is the time commitment?
Each group will meet four times a year. Ideally, the same person would attend each event, but if you don’t think you can commit to all of them, you can nominate someone to attend in your place.
Who can join?
Anyone that lives or works in a Big Local can attend, but it’s expected that the cluster topic has been raised as an issue in your community.