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What BMBF do

Two members of BMBF, Norton Green Project and a charity worker smile at the camera crouched in front of Norton duck pond

Since 2017 BMBF have been involved in organising, hosting and being part of some great projects and events. By joining BMBF you can get involved as little or as much as you want!

 

The SBC Correspondents

Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)

Every year, we take on the challenge of giving our online audience an overview of dozens of events, in multiple locations, at the Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF), one of the biggest events of its kind in the world.

The SBC Correspondents are an army of young people who attend the events of SIRF, capture awesome photographs, video footage and interviews of everything that goes on, and share it on social media. We always have an amazing time equipped with hoodies, iPads and access-all-area passes.

And SBC Correspondents don't just cover SIRF - there are loads of events to get involved in including fireworks, displays, car rallies, Christmas markets and more!

Join the team to learn new skills and interview the people behind the Borough’s biggest events.

 

Events

Secret Sound Music Events

Organising and hosting their very own music night for young people at the Georgian Theatre, BMBF are involved in every aspect from recruiting artists, selling tickets, advertising and promotion, and hosting. Secret Sound is always an amazing night, and all funds raised are invested back into young people projects and events.

Takeover Day

If you've ever fancied taking over the Council for the day, then this is for you! Every year as part of the National Takeover Day, the Council opens its doors to members of BMBF to take over departments and services for a unique opportunity to find out more about what your local Council does.

Question Time

Organised and hosted by BMBF, Question Time events give young people from all over the Borough the opportunity to ask those in power questions on a range of topics. Panel members include local MPs, Police Chief Constables and Local Ward Councillors. If you or your school are interested in hosting a Question Time event please do not hesitate to get in touch.

 

Social Action

BMBF are always looking at ways that young people can get involved in activities or projects that give back to the community. Here are just a few examples:

Allotments

BMBF have their own allotment and work with local organisations to grow produce to give to local food banks.

The group work closely with Cultivate Tees Valley to develop growing and environmental spaces for young people. This brilliant initiative was even recognised by Blue Peter who visited Cultivate and BMBF to find out more as part of their Comic Relief coverage in March 2021!

Norton Green Project

Developing their aims for a greener Borough, BMBF has joined forces with Cultivate Tees Valley, The Forge and St Michael and All Angels Church to form a very special eco partnership, The Norton Green Project. The project is committed to help children, young people and the rest of the community in Norton protect the environment.

So far the project has launched many green initiatives including giving schools 'eco boxes' filled with environmental activities, resources and information, and awarding badges to those doing green work across Norton.

 

BMBF Approved

Developed by young people, BMBF Approved rates local businesses and venues on how accessible and welcoming they are for young people. BMBF Approved is also awarded to businesses that are eco-friendly, like being committed to improving the environment or effectively recycling. All inspections are carried out by young people, with businesses receiving a certificate and sticker to be displayed in their window.

 

Social media and campaigns

BMBF run all their own social media and there are loads of ways to get involved, from taking insta-worthy photos to making videos for TikTok. We post about the latest issues for young people as well as tips on how to navigate them - in the past we've posted about mental health, Coronavirus, tips for exams and more. If it's important to young people, we'll cover it! BMBF can give you the opportunity to help run a social media account, reach our audience of young people and make a difference.

Using information from the Make You Mark scheme and listening to what is important to young people, BMBF also campaign and raise awareness of key issues with Local Ward Councillors, Members of Parliament and Heads of Service at the Council.