My Place Finsbury Park

“They should have taken into consideration the people that already lived here because they built this community. They knocked it down and there’s no community now.”

So said a young person living on the Woodberry Down Estate. My Place was inspired by young people’s experiences of regeneration, powerfully communicated in a series of films funded by Footwork and produced in 2019 as part of the London Festival of Architecture. It was the heartfelt accounts of young people, like the one above, discussing the impact regeneration has had on their community, that sparked the idea for My Place.

Incubated by Footwork and delivered in partnership with community development specialists London Development Trust, My Place is an initiative committed to creating sustainable communities in which local people are meaningfully engaged in the development of their area. My Place will recruit and train local young people to be researchers and advocates for their wider commutities and support them to co-create the future of their area with those in power.

Piloting in Finsbury Park and working with Finsbury Park Trust, My Place is operating out of a community space in Seven Sisters Road that will be co-designed and co-managed by young people. They are currently in the process of recruiting a cohort of 13-18-year-olds living and studying in Finsbury Park to be My Place Pioneers. Within this paid role, young people will receive training from built environment professionals, researchers, and community leaders, equipping them with the tools to be able to go out into their community and conduct research into what their neighbours want and need from the people who serve them.

My Place is an essential tool in ensuring local people, who have a wealth of knowledge and experience, have a proper say in decision-making. It gives young people a platform to work alongside Neighbourhood Forums and local decision-makers to co-design solutions to community issues and influence local development plans. We are so excited that this pilot is now up and running. We firmly believe in its potential to build bridges and embed a culture of mutual respect in this and any other community.

Applications are now open for young people to become My Place Pioneers and will close on Monday, June 27th at 6pm. If you live or work in FInsbury Park, spread the word!

Have a look at the brand new My Place website to keep up to date with all its amazing work.

A big thanks to our terrific collaborators: London Development Trust, Finsbury Park Trust, Finsbury Park + Stroud Green Neighborhood Forum, Quality of Life Foundation, Common Place, University of Westminster.