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Stars shine in Moston (and Harpurhey)

Spent an inspiring few hours at Contact Theatre as a member of what was described as a Dragon's Den type panel, although as I've never seen said TV show can't be too sure. My first involvement but the second year of an initiative by the Agency, a partnership between Contact with Battersea Arts Centre in association with People's Palace Projects, working in the Clapham Junction Area of South London and in Harpurhey and Moston.

 The Agency is "an ideas incubator to equip young people aged 15-25 with the skills, confidence and networks to become agents of social change in their communities". On Saturday, eleven young people, all living in Harpurhey or Moston and mainly in their mid to late teens, nine projects in total, pitched to the panel their ideas for making their community a better place to be. Three of the projects will get £2,000 to realise their plans but altogether what a wonderful set of young people.

Thoughtful, articulate, confident, passionate and caring. A lot of nerves but the conviction to overcome them. Some brilliant proposals some of which we should see in action before too long. All with something to offer, and all with a bright future, and all with the ability not only to make a good life for themselves, but also a better life for the city.


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