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Young people at the heart of Big Local

Listening and responding to young people and supporting their participation

Tuesday 24 October 10:30am - 3:45pm

St Martin’s Community Hall, Flint Street, Allenton, Derby DE249BH

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Book now by contacting Bill Badham on 07540 138967 or email

About this event

The aim of the event is to share and build knowledge and skills in involving and engaging young people through Big Local.

There are three related aspects to this:

  1. Young people being listened and responded to and supported by high quality youth work where they live;
  2. Young people taking part in doing things through Big Local, taking a lead on activities and projects;
  3. Young people contributing to the direction and the running of Big Local.

Who is this for?

It is for people in Big Local areas who want to:

  • Come as a small group of adults and young people to share your experiences
  • Gain from others experiences of listening and responding to young people’s needs
  • See how young people’s participation can build toward taking part in running things
  • Take an active part in reporting live on an event and sharing and celebrating success
  • See how a Big Local big project has given a massive boost to a local community centre.

Further information

The event is taking place in St Martin’s Church community hall. This is a new community hub facility funded through Allenton Big Local and partners and offers a fantastic location to show how Big Local groups can fund sizeable community facility development.

We will also run a roving reporter team of a few young people to record and report on the day. Guided by Jane Bettany, the team will interview, write short stories, create printed and social media news on the day itself.

After the main part of the day has ended, there are a few spaces for people to stay on for an early evening session with youth workers and young people from the Enthusiasm Trust. 

(NB: There is also a chance to stay on for a couple of hours to talk about youth work and join a session with young people and Enthusiasm staff)

Agenda Tuesday 24 October

Time Description

Arrivals, refreshments and Participation Bingo

Using a Bingo card to find out how young people are involved in other areas


Welcome and introductions

Edith Lang, Chair Allenton Big Local (ABL)

Matthew Betesta, partnership member and youth club volunteer, Kirk Hallam


Mapping young people’s participation

Drawing on participants’ experiences to map the range and extent of young people’s participation in Big Local areas

(Bill Badham, Big Local Rep)


Listening and responding to young people’s needs

Our DNA: a short summary of recent learning from the Enthusiasm Trust

(Joe Russo, Founder)

Our story: young people tell of their involvement in local youth activities


Guided conversation at round tables

  • How do we know what young people’s most pressing issues are locally?
  • How do we respond effectively to young people and involve them in our decision making?
  • What makes good youth work in our neighbourhoods and communities?


Guided tour around St Martin’s community hall funded by ABL


Welcome back

Young people dance troupe 


Supporting young people in taking action in their Big Local area

Our story: young people describe how they have taken part and initiated projects and activities in their Big Local area.


Guided conversation at round tables

  • What is the range of activities young people can take on to contribute to their Big Local?
  • How can young people be supported in taking on such activity and projects?
  • How does the Big Local area make sure such involvement is sustained and not a once off?

Gaining young people’s participation in running Big Local

Our story: taking our seat at the high table!


Guided conversation at round tables

  • In what sorts of ways can young people help to run their Big Local?
  • What if any additional considerations and support need to be in place?
  • How can Big Local be an example of best participative practice locally?


Drawing out some key messages


Thank you, farewell and close

A break and light refreshments for those staying on 


Reconvening for those staying on to meet with young people and see Enthusiasm Youth Club in action

(limited numbers)


All leave

More about this event

The event is free for anyone who lives or works in a Big Local area and we will provide lunch. We also provide financial support for travel, childcare and other care costs to residents in Big Local areas. We can also book and pay for travel in advance. For information on expenses and support, please email or phone 020 3588 0578.

If you are attending a Big Local event as part of your paid work/employment then we ask that your employer cover your expenses. However, we can pay or contribute towards worker’s expenses in exceptional circumstances.  Please ask when booking for further information.

Interested in participating? Want more information?

This event is being organised for Local Trust by Bill Badham and Allenton Big Local. There are a maximum of 40 places available. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to three per area. To book a place or if you have any questions please contact Bill Badham on 07540 138967 or email

Make sure to confirm whether you also want to take part in the early evening youth work session after the main event, running from 16.00 to 18.00. This will give you a chance to talk with youth workers about some of the challenges and opportunity of developing and sustaining youth work in your areas and of talking with young people about their experiences in the Allenton area of Derby

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