Welcome to the Future Search Blog for Bolton, UK. We are a team of students from a school in the town who attended the 3 day event on September 2005 (21st-23rd). Our role was to report and comment on the vision for Bolton as the people present, including us, shared views and opinions. You need to be heard too so this blog is yours to speak through. Our work goes on right up to this moment...

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Naeem's Notions
Welcome to the first installment of Naeem's Notions...I'll be typing away at the end of everyday to to tell you what I think.
We left school at 10'o'clock(we had to do lesson 1;physics!!!) and made our way over to the Reebok. We had a great journey over with Amy providing refreshments in the form of Jelly Babies,(#Kids and grown ups love it so....#) We arrived and met Sandra who was really enthusuiastic and we had a great meeting at the beginning of the day. Then came the important business...LUNCH! We wined (on mineral water) and dined and met all the young people and then kicked off the show. The four of us opened the conference and then got underway with the tasks. It was brilliant working in such mixed groups and hearing how adults and children said maybe the same thing but in a totally different way.

Watch out for the next installment of Naeem's Notions and remember...it wouldn't work without me, it wouldn't work without you, but it has the potential to be great if we work together.




Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really amazing to have been part of the origns of Bolton's Future Search and now were are on the second day.

This is a very long journey but hopefully we have started to work in such an inspirational way that we can value our diversity as we move towards a united future. (sorry about the "united" bit as we look out over Bolton Wanderers football ground!)

Yesterday was.... AMAZING! you'd think we were all working on the same agenda; there was a positive feeling in the air as we acknowledged our differences but created an overview of priorities.

The music - "It's not easy but that's okay, 'cos I'm hopeful!" captures our marker in time.... thanks students for finding this theme tune.

The mantra is becoming really important as we start to plan what the future might look like 2020 Every child in Bolton matters...

"It's for children. It's got a history. It's happening. You can shape it."

Looking forward to next session when we hear from stakeholders what they are doing about the current identified trends and then the afternoon session where we see 2020 for ourselves. Not sure about who will use the glittery stuff!

It's an honour to be part of Bolton's future search.... I wonder what other people are contributing to this blogging?

10:26 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations on participating in the Bolton future search for children.By doing so,you are suporting the children of your city and, by extension, all the children of the world. Thank you for that gift.

2:20 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have enjoyed comeing to the reebok because i have lurnt a lot of things like drugs and the lokel aria.

we had a time line from 1970-now and we had to put the things that has happend in are life like when we was born when when we went to nursury ex.

I have also enjoyed makeing puppets.

2:32 PM

Blogger alan said...

Hi Naeem,

Really looking forward to reading your posts and finding out more about the event. Over here in the Boston, Mass, we don't have anything like Bolton's Future Search so I am very interested in learning more!

3:08 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope you have a fantastic conference - with your involvement as a young person from Bolton you make it real, challenging and inspiring.

Well done to the planning team and for everyone that has given their 3 days and no doubt passion and time for what comes after too.

Lots of good wishes and hopes for a shared vision.

Tara in Belfast and from the Future Search Network

5:30 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another day of Bolton's future search is over - it's exhilarating but exhausting! I'm a school governor and it is inspiring to see how all the different groups representing different sectors in Bolton have come together and have identified very similar agendas for the future. Roll on tomorrow and let's hope this is the beginning of something really big in Bolton! I also hope that we can inspire more people outside Bolton to take up the challenge and take part in planning their future this way.

8:05 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello all,

I'm the editor of "FutureSearching," the Future Search Network's newsletter. I'm emailing you from San Diego, California, where I live.

I'm very interested in the remarks you're posting on your blog, and I look forward to publishing some of them in the next issue of "FutureSearching."

I hope your future search experience continues to be a positive one for all of you and that the outcomes make a significant difference in your lives. Given its wonderful theme, "Making Every Child Matter in Bolton," I'm sure it will be of great value to you all.

Be open, work hard, have fun!!

10:18 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't it great to see names appearing from across the world. Welcome to Bolton (well virtually) and make sure you tell all your friends about the site so they too can contribute.

6:08 PM

Blogger Jayne said...

The conference finished last week and this is the first chance I've had to look at blog site...talk about hitting the ground running after 3 days away from the office!
Just want to say that the 3 days were great, inspirational and motivating....I think we have managed to persuade some of the powers that be to think differently and be radical, well I hope so. The young people came up with the best ideas and really lightenend the conference....we need to listen to young people more, they will tell us all we need to know about getting it right for them. I miss the friendly open atmosphere now I am back in the real world, we need to replicate that in our ordinary meetings and work, I'm sure we would all be a lot happier if we did.
PS didn't like the mantra, as in the chanting... too American corporation for me but the ethos of it was fine.

7:41 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


Having been very involved with young people in Bolton for over 20 years now within the Youth Service and elsewhere in the council it was good to be a part of the future search and in what at last seems a do-able task in delivering a future for Bolton’s young people.

At some point however it did seem to be putting the clocks back especially when we talked about youth councils. I was lucky enough to have been part of some excellent participation work which had a real cutting edge in the late 1980's, early 90's and again in 1999 until 2001-2002’s.

In the eighties young people were supported by larger numbers of youth workers who helped them prepare and understand the political agenda and who met regularly in a joint forum with staff, senior officers and lead councillors in the council chambers it was called the youth sub committee.

These guys also went on residential weekends together to examine changes in young people’s services and generally the young people contributed in an excellent fashion to the town’s development.

We did some good work around participation after this in the early 90’s on young peoples rights and had some good conferences and shows led largely though by agencies.

In a very different way with a mixed enthusiastic bunch of qualified professional youth workers, artists, qualified and experienced newspaper reporters, photographers and producers we helped young people take over the entire Bolton evening news desk on their 4th floor and produced externally and with some autonomy from any individual service or school a newspaper with a 30,000 circulation. This was closely linked to politicians, young people’s issues, sport, the arts, drugs advice sex advice and frock and roll and with a full team of recruited and selected young reporters producers and graphic staff.

In all the activities above were very successful based on the fact that they all included, residential experiences, solid multi agency support, a creative artistic process, strong links with schools, a strategy and practice that took into account the age differences in young people and children, enough funding to make it happen, and a great degree of trust in the ability, judgement and creativity of young people. And finally by taking young peoples participation seriously enough to interview those for their places and by providing leadership skills training for older young people and enfranchisement skills for the lot the committees and projects had real direction and purpose.

Rob Miller
Adult Services.

2:40 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Rob, lovely to see you at the Future Search and thanks for the extensive comments showing that we need to remember our history as well as focus on moving forward. What I want to know is how do we build on your fantastic work and bring it to 2005?

3:36 PM


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