November and December have been full of more focus groups with local young people to hear their ideas and visions for Reading Young People’s Hub. We have held sessions with some interns from Pepsico, young people at ReadiPop and the youth forum at Special United. Each of these focus groups bought new ideas for us to consider in the design of the building, what activities are on offer and how the space is used such as a co-working space, sensory garden, . They also shared other key ideas, themes and activities we have been hearing from all the groups of young people we have engaged with.
Dan Smith Design, who we are working with on the development of the Hub, has been collating what we have heard from young people and building these into a vision document. You can see some of the work Dan has done here!
Alongside our focus groups for the physical Hub, we have held some focus groups with young people at Reading FC Community Trust around the build and design of our digital Hub – more about this will be shared in January so keep your eyes peeled!
Our Op’s team have also been busy visiting some more open access Hubs across the country in the last month. These visits are a great source of inspiration but also a time for us to talk to other professionals about what works well and things to consider we may not have yet thought of. It was great to see and hear the support these Hubs offer to their local young people, how they use the space they have and what we may want to replicate in the Hub in Reading.
We would like to thank LandAid for their fantastic initiative of matching charities with corporate pro bono support, we are delighted to be working with the local business Hicks Baker on all things premises as we work on the development of #ReadingYoungPeoplesHub!