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Youth consultation

To ensure that Find Your Talent Tower Hamlets is driven by the needs of the local community, the first few months of the project were spent in consultation with young people and their families about what their priorities should be.

1st September 2008 - 31st January 2009

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets commissioned Bold Creative to conduct a consultation project with young people and their families across the borough. The aim was to introduce the initiative to residents and investigate the best way to deliver the Find Your Talent initiative in the future.

The consultation was high profile, innovative and fun, drawing together young people and their families from all eight Local Area Partnerships across the borough. Activities were designed to give participants the opportunity to share their thoughts on how they would like to engage with future arts and cultural activities.

  • A Festival of Talent, with 40 arts and cultural organisations, offering arts and cultural exhibits, performances and workshops, was the centre piece of the consultation, allowing almost 3,000 young people and parents the opportunity to experience arts and cultural activities and take part in the consultation.

    The consultation also included a mobile exhbition that visited supermarkets, libraries and youth clubs 'and a Tagwagon', a 1963 campervan which works as an offline engagement tool in the community. Designed to grab young people’s imagination, through workshops it captures either their scrawled or filmed opinions via a blackboard exterior and an interior kitted out with video cameras to collect the views of the people consulted.

    Find Your Talent Tower Hamlets found that young people and their families had a broad structured engagement outside of school. While there are many opportunities to improve the ways that young people and their families experience art and culture in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, it was also hugely encouraging to find that over half of those that took part in the consultation felt that there was nothing stopping them at the moment.

    This consultation forms the basis of a broad understanding of young people and their families' attitudes towards arts and culture, whilst providing a framework for future, more in depth investigation.