Hackney Quest spoke to over 400 young people about their experiences growing up in Hackney. Published in the Hackney Wick Through Young Eyes report, young people said: - They don’t have enough say over how their area is changing - They were often negatively stereotyped as young people - They weren’t always informed about changes that affected them Build Up will work with Hackney Quest to put local young people in control of a prominent public space at Flanders Way. Working with architects, designers and construction specialists, young people will decide what should happen in this unused piece of public land and then build it themselves.
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Why it's a great idea:
As the 'Hackney Wick Through Young Eyes' report highlighted, young people too often feel excluded from decisions made about their local area. Together we can start changing this; by putting young people in control of a prominent public space in their community and equipping them with the practical skills to make their ideas happen. We will build something for the benefit of everyone, and involve a range of volunteers, young people of different ages, parents, older people, and other local residents. In the words of Mateenah, a Hackney Wick resident aged 14: ‘This project can bring everyone together; as a community we will all own this space, we will be involved and we will have a sense of belonging’.
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