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Developing a new investment in young people

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Thu, 19/01/2012

The Big Lottery Fund are committed to developing a new investment for young people in 2012. Please see below a new opportunity from BIG for young people:

We want to do something different. We are going to try something new. Something, we think is very exciting. And we want you to be a part of it.

We want young people to co-design this investment.

To achieve this we would like to recruit up to 15 young people to co-design this investment. The closing date for applications is 1 February 2012. There will be a number of areas of work for young people to get involved in:

Design - Young people will work with us to shape the focus of our next investment. The group will meet a number of times from February to May to talk through the evidence presented to them and establish funding priorities. Their recommendations will go to a Big Lottery Fund decision-making committee in May for approval.

Critical Friends - When the investment priorities start to emerge during discussions, young people will act as a critical friend to the process, making sure that the chosen priorities make sense.

Social Media/Communications – We want young people to help us canvas views via social media/communications. You will be involved in producing and reviewing content and sharing views online.

Learning - We want young people to help us learn about the impact of the investment. The learning will be shared widely for the benefit of other young people and those working with young people.


We want you to help us recruit these young people

We know that you have young people within your networks/memberships that have the voices that we want to hear. It is from these young minds that we want our investment to be shaped.

We would appreciate it if you could spread the word that BIG is looking to recruit to the roles listed above and help us recruit young people between the ages of 16-25 that are keen to help us co-design a new investment.

Importantly, we would like your organisation to provide support for the young people put forward from your organisation, to ensure they have access to help and support (above that provided by us) throughout the process. We want these young people to be comfortable throughout the process and have all the support that they need from those who are expert at providing it.

We have provided the following to help make this happen:

If you would like to discuss this or have any further questions please feel free to get in touch with

Developing a new investment in young people on the Big Lottery Fund website.