Wednesday, 29 January 2014

L4G Youth: 1st Event Review & Moving Forward

Tuesday 28th January saw the 1st event for L4GYouth. This will just be the first of many happening in Watford in 2014 and beyond and I thought it appropriate to let everyone know what is happening with L4G younger sibling since the last blog post.

Whilst I have to admit the turn out for the event was low (just myself and Chris Ogle to honest), the quality of guests was very high. Thanks to the work of Chris and his Buy Local campaign, Richard Harrington (Watford MP) popped by for the 1st hour and this gave me another opportunity to discuss with him what L4GYouth plans to do and evolve. He was curious to know if L4GYouth has be tested and had success anywhere else and he was surprised to know that it was launched in Watford. He portrayed a tone of cautious optimism and wished me luck with the project. Richard himself is also working on getting youth employment down in the Watford area and I’m sure it won’t be the last time we speak about L4GYouth.

The next few hours of the event were dedicated to drawing up an action plan to see how we can progress L4GYouth and bring new people into events. Luckily, Chris has a wealth of contacts in schools and other organisations that he said he would be willing to contact in the hope of getting me a chance to speak to young people to tell them about what we are doing. I to, have spoken to my secondary school about this and look forward to hearing back from them. The plans also included creating a PDF and an AudioBoo for L4GYouth and using that to explain what L4GYouth is about. I’m sure once completed the concept of L4GYouth will be much clear and I hope you spread the word about it and how young people can benefit.

Outside of our own events, L4GYouth has been mentioned at a number of L4G Events including a coffee morning in Barnet where I has the pleasure to meet a lady called Gail who as well as working on websites focused on Barnet shops/traders, she has contacts at Barnet College and she said we will be willing to pass on my details and what L4GYouth is about in the hope that I can speak to the students at the college. Thanks to Gail in advance and I will inform you with any further developments.

February is shaping up to a busy month for L4GYouth. As well as the 2nd L4GYouth event, I will be taking L4GYouth on the road to discuss it with a wide variety of people. With 6-7 events already booked into, I should have a busy month planned and I look forward to seeing what develops from it and how L4GYouth can grow.

I think that’s enough from me this time. I hope you all have great events and if possible spread the message of L4GYouth and help us change the lives of young people throughout the country. Until next time...

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