The myplace programme aims to help young people make the most of their free time by delivering world-class youth facilities around the UK, in partnership with the young people who will use them. Myplace responds to the Department of Children, Schools and Families’ (DCSF) Aiming High for Young People strategy and will see investment of £272m over the next three years, through grants of between £1m and £5m administered via the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
The Sorrell Foundation was asked by the DCSF to work on 15 myplace projects, supporting engagement with the young people involved, and ensuring that the design of each centre fulfils the needs of the local community. Young people were given the role of clients on each of the projects, and some of the UK’s top architects, designers and creative advisers were appointed to work for them. Supported by Sorrell Foundation project managers, the client teams decided what was important for the architecture and branding of their centres over a series of workshops, inspirational visits and meetings with their creative teams, before presenting the final concepts to their bid teams and stakeholders.
The Sorrell Foundation programme has involved 155 meeting between young people and professionals across the country. The client and creative teams celebrated the outcomes of the programme at a special event at Central Hall Westminster in October. After a screening of a short film about their project, the clients were presented with certificate recognising the importance of their involvement and their contribution to the programme, along with a copy of their project report.
The results of the programme were published in March 2010. To download a copy, please visit our publications page.
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