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Our Future City

Community Ambassador Programme
Hangleton and East Brighton
Funded by #iwill
Our Future City case study

Our Future City has joined the #iwill campaign and is working in partnership with the Housing Association Youth Network (HAYN) in the delivery of a 12 month Community Ambassador Programme.

Our Future City (OFC) is a city-wide collaborative programme that aims to transform the lives of all children and young people, no matter what social and economic challenges they are facing, by helping them recognise and develop their creative talents through high-quality, youth-led cultural activities.

This project focuses on two areas of strategic development for the city:

  • Cities of Learning (CofL) is a bold new approach for empowering places to put lifelong learning at the heart of their civic and cultural identities. CofL embraces the potential of open digital badges to driver greater participation in informal learning and to close opportunity gaps in cities. The RSA and Digitalme are testing and developing a place-based model for UK cities.
  • Our Future Music – Your Music Spaces: Prototypes for community-based music spaces, developed ‘for, by, with’ disadvantaged young people within their own communities, with locations based on need, for example economic deprivation. A multi-genre team of music leaders will lead and develop inclusive music activity with young people.

To involve young people in the development of culture and creativity in their communities, OFC are collaborating with the Hangleton and Knoll Project in Hangleton, and Trust for Developing Communities in East Brighton.   These two areas are identified in the Brighton & Hove City Council Cultural Framework as areas of deprivation, with lower than average engagement in the arts.

Our young people are researching the impact of the arts in their communities, and how they might influence the way that local programming and opportunities develop.  They are also discovering events, genres and art forms that are new to them, on their doorstep, where young people are able to create, perform and produce their own work.  Two of our CAP members are off to see a performance of Midsummer Nights Dream as part of the festival – the first time they’ve been to see a Shakespeare play.  The performance is at Brighton Open Air Theatre, an innovative local venue that regularly programmes work by your producers and performers alongside well established artists.

Our Young Leader in Hangleton is taking the question of impact to a wider audience, in collaboration with BBC Radio Sussex.  With one of our 13 year old CAP members and his mum, she’ll be conducting an interview about the impact of Our Place, a community programming initiative in Brighton Festival.  This community led radio initiative in Hangleton is new for BBC Radio Sussex, and they will be providing interview techniques and radio training to get our CAP members up to speed!  While she is busy doing that, our CAP members have been contributing to the programme at the Our Place event, with a singing group performing as part of the festival programme.  Then the group are off to Hove Park Arts Festival to try their hand and delivering a workshop activity, and conducting some research with visitors to the event.

One of the best volunteering experiences I've ever done!!

Kelsey Osullivan- Hangleton CAP

This research will inform how their social action project develops, but there is already an interest in the power of local radio to communicate about the arts.  With the Music Spaces at their disposal and expertise on hand, they have the potential to create their own community radio station… WATCH THIS SPACE!

Our Future City (OFC) is a city-wide collaborative programme that aims to transform the lives of all children and young people, no matter what social and economic challenges they are facing, by helping them recognise and develop their creative talents through high-quality, youth-led cultural activities.