St Raphael’s youth urged to have their say on estate’s future
6 February 2020
Young people living on St Raphael's Estate have been invited to have their say on the future of the estate, while celebrating the best up-and-coming music talent from the area.
A special event, organised by local young people working alongside Beyond The Box Consultants, a youth engagement agency, will take place in The Drum at Wembley from 6.30pm on Saturday 15 February.
Titled L.O.U.D. (which stands for Light on Unheard Dreams), the evening of performances from hand-picked aspiring local artists will be headlined by award-winning spoken word artist George The Poet, who grew up on St Raph's.
The event is part of a series of engagements currently underway with residents, which, later this year, will see the community decide their preferred way to improve facilities and create more new, affordable homes for local people in the borough.
Councillor Eleanor Southwood, Brent's Cabinet Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, said: "For the last year we've been working closely with residents and community groups on St Raph's to create plans for how homes on the estate could look and feel in the future. Young people have to be in the driving seat and it is vital that their voices are heard loud and clear. I'm really proud to see the remarkable job our young people have done putting together this very special event and I encourage the community to come out on the night and support them."
The event has been designed, coordinated and promoted by Idil Hassan, 22, Delaney Dawkins, 17, Vivian Nakintu, 20, and Zahra Mudhir, 16, who all grew up and live on the estate.
Each youth event planner had to apply for their paid part-time role, taking part in an interview process. During the last six months, they have worked together to design, coordinate and promote the event. They have also been supported by Toni Dyer-Miller, 22, and Milena Laura Zywica, 16, who also live locally on the estate.
Youth event planner Delaney Dawkins said: "What's happening on the estate is a big question for residents. We thought; let's hear young people's views while at the same time elevating up-and-coming artists. We've put a lot of love, and a lot of thought, into the event, so I hope people will turn up and learn more about what's going on."