Beyond age - an essay by Antony Mason, for the Intergenerational Foundation
One of a series of essays written by independent thinkers exploring how people and places are changing through Big Local
Antony Mason considers how four Big Local areas – Wick Award, Church Hill, Stoke North and Coastal Community Challenge – are each choosing to prioritise the welfare of young people. Mason recognises the life-changing potential of youth provision and suggests the Big Local approach to filling this gap in services could inspire a national re-think on youth policy and funding.
“Young people are not heard... Adults speak on behalf of children as if they know what we are thinking. We've lost hope for votes at 16. We're set up with the future that is set up for us - we don't have an opportunity to change it...”
Kelsey Howard-Matthews, 17-year-old student, Hackney
Other essays in the series
Local Trust podcast - Beyond age
This episode explores how four Big Local communities are choosing to prioritise the welfare of young people. Touching on issues such as the housing crisis, debt and unemployment, the conversation discusses how these are affecting young people in these areas, and how Big Locals are investing in youth provision to improve their lives and well-being.
Participants: Antony Mason, author of ‘Beyond age: Why communities are investing in young people’s futures’. Liz Emerson, Intergenerational Foundation. Jessica Wenban-Smith, Local Trust. Polly Mann, Wick Award. Iona Lawrence, Cares Family. Daniel Rose, Spotlight. Chaired by: Matt Leach, Local Trust.