A BIG new investment in young people





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Published on Apr 3, 2012

Dharmendra Kanani, England Director and some of the team helping us design our new investment in young people talk about how the process is going.

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Title: A true collaboration -- why young people are helping us design our new investment

Dharmendra Kanani, England Director, Big Lottery Fund: Working with young people to define what we fund and how we fund is probably one of the most important things we can do at the Big Lottery Fund.

Topes, 20, London: It is a great chance that I have been given to put forward the main issues that most young people from my age and background, and outside of that age and background, are going through.

What has it been like working with BIG England Committee Members Albert Tucker and Nalini Varma?

Jenna, 22, Liverpool: I think working with Nalini and Albert is really good -- the fact that they are from the England Committee and have such an important role, and that they are really interested in us.

Kelsey, 24, London: Albert has been to quite a few of our meetings and he is always willing to play devil's advocate, which helps us young people reflect on our own biases and think outside the box into things that are more social innovation as opposed to reinventing the wheel.

This is a BIG responsibility... how does it feel?

George, 17, Cornwall: I've always seen and applied for these grants, and now I am behind something, making something happen and allowing other young people to see the work that is going on.

Daniel, 18, Essex: It makes me feel important, it makes me feel included. It just shows that the Big Lottery Fund cares about young people and wants to put a lot of money and effort into recruiting us young people to try and benefit the wider community.

Kelsey: It is a little bit overwhelming and a little bit scary to have so much responsibility over a massive investment, but I think it helps motivate us to do it right, to do it well and to also make sure that it is something that every young person can be proud of.

Jashmin, 23, London: It is daunting and it is quite scary but it's worth it I think.

Micah, 16, London: All of us are very privileged to be in such an important process - in making a change and a difference in other young people's lives.

Dharmendra: For me, it is absolutely critical that young people are involved at the heart of this process.

George: We've got this ladder where young people are at the bottom, yet they are the service users. I think it is time we turned that ladder around and get the young people at the top, get the decision makers there on an equal playing field and get everyone playing the ball game together, because if we don't, it's not going to work.


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