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Young people make a difference

Saturday 23 September 11:00am - 5:00pm

Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning, Manor Road

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Book now by contacting Vicky Tedder on 07932 730477 or email

About this event

This networking day will build on the experiences of young people within Big Local areas and discuss ways to involve young people; keep them involved and transfer control to them. We will discuss how we can address the barriers to youth involvement and share good practice from Big Local areas including youth forums, panels and community researcher programmes.

Who is this for?

It is for people in Big Local areas who are 12 years old and over who want to:

  • Share experiences and information about getting and keeping young people involved
  • Discuss how we can remove barriers to young people getting involved in Big Local
  • Have a fun day building connections between young people and adults from your Big Local

Further information

This networking event will be a chance to meet members of other Big Local partnerships, explore examples and share great ideas on how to keep young people having a say in Big Local areas.

We want to build on previous events with young people and ways that Big Local areas are engaging young people to share good practice and learning around youth participation including young people as decision makers. We will explore the different methods areas have been using through real examples where young people are shaping and influencing delivery of Big Local plans and consider the steps that areas can take to engage more young people.

This day is being held at Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning so that the young people and adults who attend will have the opportunity to take part in fun activities to help them develop as a team as well as provide greater opportunities to meet each other. 

Agenda Saturday 23 September

Time Description

Registration & treasure hunt



Introductions to each other and an icebreaker

Feedback from last year’s youth event, aims and purpose of this year’s event



What is going well in areas around young people’s involvement, engagement and delivery?

What are the challenges? 


Case studies from two Big Local areas

Hackney Wick

North Brixton

Followed by discussion and time for questions


BBQ Lunch

And an opportunity for networking


Open space topics – topics to be suggested by participants

Discussion in groups followed by brief feedback on key points



In small groups choosing between archery, rope courses, fencing, raft building


Top tips, workshop reflection and evaluation



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 0565

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 Big Local reps Sian Penner and Wendy Sugarman. There are a maximum of 48 places available including accompanying adults. To ensure as many areas can take part as possible we are initially limiting places to eight per area. We ask each area to have enough adults to supervise and be responsible for that area’s young people and to send a mix of adults and young people but if possible more young people than adults. To book a place or if you have any questions please email Vicky Tedder –  or call Wendy 07932 730477 or Sian 07973 530240.

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