Details of first Youth Integration Forum sessions announced


Young people who take part in new sessions to highlight their big local issues.

The Youth Integration Forum aims to get 11 to 19 year-olds talking about the hot topics they care about most, and put them in control of shaping the forum’s activities. 

Part of the Our Community, Our Future social integration programme, the forum will bring together young people from different parts of Blackburn with Darwen. 

Sessions will take place in different locations in both Blackburn and Darwen, and will engage young people in constructive activities to help them guide the forum’s scope to make it relevant and meaningful to them.

The first Youth Integration Forum sessions will take place on:

• Young People’s Service base, Daisyfield, Blackburn – Mondays 3 & 10 February 
• Blackburn Sports & Leisure Centre – Mondays 17 & 24 February 
• Darwen Youth Centre – Mondays 2 & 9 March

All sessions will take place between 6pm and 8pm, with pizza and drinks provided free to everyone who takes part.

The Youth Integration Forum will then join up groups from different parts of the borough for bigger sessions to hear from speakers on topics the young people have said they are interested in.

Councillor Mohammed Khan, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Chair of the Our Community, Our Future Board, said, “Young people are a vital part of our plans to encourage better mixing between people from different backgrounds. 

“The Youth Integration Forum will build on the great work that’s being done through other Our Community, Our Future youth projects to help this age group get to know others from outside their school social circles or their immediate neighbourhoods. 

“Our young people are facing issues that transcend their culture or religion. The Youth Integration Forum will give them a place to come together and talk about them, and perhaps identify some local solutions they can work on collaboratively.”

The Youth Integration Forum will be run by Engagement and Integration Officers Kelvin Sole and Mariyam Emam from the Our Community, Our Future team. 

To find out more about the new Youth Integration Forum you can get in touch with Kelvin and Mariyam on text 07971 779801 or call 01254 304597. 

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