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We are BMBF

BMBF members sit chatting on steps at Ropner Park

Don't just take our word that BMBF is full of great opportunities for young people - read what current members have to say about the group and how they've benefited from joining.

 

Lilly

Hello there! My name is Lilly Crisp, I’m 16 years old and I live in Billingham.

I first got involved with BMBF in July 2018 before Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) rolled into town. To begin with, I was an SBC Correspondent and SIRF was the first event I was asked to cover and it was really exciting! I met a lot of people who are now some of my closest friends and I gained a lot of skills by using social media to report from the festival.

BMBF has given me many opportunities and has allowed me to do things I never would’ve dreamed of doing this time last year. It has allowed me to grow as an individual and has given me so much more confidence. I got asked to join the Big Committee in December 2018 - it was an absolute honour to be asked to join, I was overjoyed! The committee is a place for young people who have joined BMBF and get asked to join after showing their commitment and willingness to work hard through being a correspondent and helping out with social action projects.

I now have a bigger role on the committee where I am Head of Community Safety. I have done numerous other things with BMBF over the last year, such as spectating at a Cabinet meeting where we showed off our Big Plan to the elected members (which was very successful!)

One of my favourite events I have ever corresponded from was a mini music festival called Secret Sound which was a fundraiser for BMBF and everything we do for the young people in Stockton-on-Tees. I helped to organise the event and, considering I met some members of BMBF before I joined last year, I loved every minute of putting it together with friends old and new!

 

Jamie

Hi, I’m Jamie, a college student living in Stockton-on-Tees. I’m very pleased to be able to tell you more about Bright Minds Big Futures (BMBF).

I joined BMBF in 2019 because I wanted to share my opinion on our local area, but also meet and spend time with some amazing people. My first role was as a Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council Correspondent for SIRF 2019. The festival is our highlight of the year: spending three days together, watching some outstanding acts, all whilst being able to showcase it on social media. My highlight was having a role in Les Gloriables! It really broke the ice with everyone.

I then heard about the Big Committee, a group of 12 young people that represent different areas and gives them a chance to create change. The elections were my chance to be involved even further with BMBF and I was voted as the Head of Business and Regeneration. As a relatively new member, I was extremely proud to be able to get this role.

I have now had the chance to start assessing businesses for our BMBF Approved scheme. This allows us to showcase which companies are young people friendly so that they can feel safe when they are within the Borough. My favourite has to be The Georgian Theatre in Stockton.

I hope to continue developing new and exciting schemes to make Stockton-on-Tees the best it can be. BMBF is also giving me the opportunity to plan our fundraiser concert Secret Sound. I can’t wait!

 

Jess

Hi, my name’s Jess and I’m the Head of Children and Young People for Bright Minds Big Futures.

I first heard of BMBF when I attended their music event Secret Sound. I really enjoyed it and thought it would be a great opportunity to get involved.

My first big event was helping at SIRF (Stockton International Riverside Festival) in August 2019, which was an amazing experience and a great opportunity for me to meet like-minded young people. When I first joined BMBF I was very shy but everyone made me feel welcome and I soon settled in.

My confidence grew and I decided I wanted to join the Big Committee as Head of Children and Young People. I have a real passion to make young people services better so that the children in Stockton have better opportunities. I was over the moon when I was told I was elected to the position.

I’ve really enjoyed attending the BMBF meetings and have found myself challenged to step outside of my usual comfort zone, which has been amazing. I would encourage any young person in the borough to join.

If you are a young person aged 11-19, or below the age of 25 with disabilities, you can join BMBF by contacting us. Just email [email protected] - we have so many great opportunities just waiting for you to get stuck into!