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This half day event held earlier this year, invited local young people from Barking & Dagenham to come and talk about some of the issues that matter to them. We wanted to know what young people thought about their future prospects, could they see a positive future for themselves? Or did they perceive any barriers to achieving their life goals?

We invited council officers and voluntary sector groups to the event, including groups working with hard to reach young people. We wanted to bring statutory sector and voluntary sector workers together to listen to the views of local young people, particularly those who are not engaged with schools or council run youth services.

Various local organisations were invited to have stalls at the event: Barking & Dagenham College, The Business Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, Women of Substance among others. On their stall, Women of Substance worked with some young people to show them how to make their own Vision Board, which is a positive affirmation tool for planning into the future.

The voluntary sector youth organisation, Bright Steppings, recorded the afternoon’s proceedings on video, which included having a young person interviewing some of the attendees throughout the afternoon.

Visit the link to view the video

Recommendations for future action from our evaluation

• Deliver training opportunities to develop young people through NVQ, Apprenticeships and Volunteering

• LBBD Youth & Democratic services to arrange further forum discussions with our young people

• Youth Services and Future M.O.L.D.S to work more closely together for the benefit of hard to reach young people

• Maintain links with Future M.O.L.D.S to explore what the barriers are for young people who need advice