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East London has a thriving, diverse and young population. Young people played a vital role in staging the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and we want to ensure that they keep having a say in the future of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area.

Working together with local organisations, we’re running several projects that enable young people to play a key part in the regeneration of their local area, whilst also providing them with valuable skills, experience and routes to employment.

legacy youth panel

The Legacy Youth Panel is a panel of young east Londoners working alongside the team delivering Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Formed four years prior to the London 2012 Games, the project harnesses young people’s interest and enthusiasm, and enables them to make a valuable contribution to the regeneration of east London.

Every year since 2008, we recruit 30 new members aged between 14 and 18 from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest to add to our panel – to date we have 150 members. As part of the programme, panellists are actively involved in:

  • Submitting formal responses to planning documents
  • Reviewing design plans and strategy documents
  • Meeting with senior staff within the London Legacy Development Corporation
  • Writing manifestos to share visions for the development of the Park and its local communities
  • Working as ambassadors for the Park; appearing in local newspapers, conducting radio interviews and presenting at press conferences as well as spreading the word with their peers.

The Legacy Youth Panel has already had a significant impact on the development of the Park and the surrounding area, including the revolutionary designs of the Timber Lodge community centre and the Podium.

Members of the panel also gain valuable practical skills and experience in a range of areas, including: group and team work; communication and presenting; event planning; and urban design and planning. Many of our panellists have developed strong CVs and found part-time work as a result of the programme, whilst others have gone on to study at university. Some have gone on to work or volunteer at the Park.

Legacy Youth Panel members volunteer one Saturday a month to attend workshops, events and meetings to build their understanding of regeneration. If you’re interested in becoming a member of the Legacy Youth Panel or to find out more, please contact us.

The Legacy Youth Panel is currently managed by Fundamental Architectural Inclusion – an architecture firm based in Tower Hamlets– on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation. 

voice of east london

Since 2012, we’ve been partnering with community youth radio station Reprezent 107.3 FM to offer young people the exciting opportunity to learn radio broadcast skills and gain a voice in their community. Participants between the ages of 16 and 25 from Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest are invited to become a part of the Voice of East London radio production team and benefit from the opportunity to gain:

  • Intensive radio skills training
  • AQA Qualifications
  • Arts Awards
  • Experience in producing panel and feature shows
  • Experience in developing content for the Legacy Youth Radio website

The project has already provided young east Londoners with a platform to voice their thoughts and feelings on issues important to them, including the London 2012 Games and the legacy plans for the Park. This has included interviews with London Legacy Development Corporation staff, local MPs and members of the public, as well as a number of artists and sport stars, such as Trevor Nelson, Tessa Sanderson and Kelly La Rock.

The Voice of East London team have their very own state-of-the-art radio studio at 3 Mills Studios where training and production takes place. To become a member of the Voice of East London team, please click here.

For more information, please visit the Reprezent 107.3 FM website.