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Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum

Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum (BADYF) was set up in 2001 by young people to have a say in issues affecting their lives and communities.

Today, the forum, comprising of 13 to 19 year olds elected by peers in schools and youth groups, continues to have a say and influence on policy makers.

Some of the issues we care about:

  • crime
  • health
  • education
  • building a positive image of young people
  • what to do and where to go

How to get involved

To be part of BADYF you must live, work or be in education or training in Barking and Dagenham.

Elections are held every January in all Barking and Dagenham secondary schools and Trinity School. Ask your teachers about the BADYF elections in your school.

If you don’t go to a school or youth group in Barking and Dagenham, or if there is an issue you want the forum to investigate, get in touch.


If you have nominated yourself in your school, it is a really good idea to write a manifesto that you can display in school. The manifesto lets people know why they should vote for you and there are some useful tips of how to write a good manifesto.

If you need any help to write your manifesto, get in touch.

How the forum works (PDF, 68.59 KB)

Who supports the forum (PDF, 70.69 KB)

Terms of reference (PDF, 163.68 KB)

BAD Youth Forum manifesto (DOCX, 252.58 KB)

Tips for writing a good manifesto (DOCX, 253.16 KB)

The Young Mayor Toggle accordion

Labella AnumThe Young Mayor is elected by Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum which itself is elected by young people through their secondary schools and youth organisations.

Labella Anum

Labella, 15, was recently voted into the role by her peers. She will replace Jessica Soares Paim and will be the Young Mayor until February 2022.

Labella has been part of the Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum for the last three years and felt now was the right time to stand to be Young Mayor.

On being named the Young Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Labella said: “I felt so humbled to know that the young people of the BAD Youth Forum trusted me to lead and push our agenda forward. I was honestly ecstatic! That day I promised we would make our mark, and I plan on keeping that promise”

Labella’s term will run from March 2021 until February 2022 and she will work alongside one of the BAD Youth Forum sub-groups to fundraise for their chosen charity which, for the second year running, will be Refuge, a charity supporting victims of domestic abuse.

Fundraising will once again be challenging this year due to the current situation, but the group are hoping with the easing of lockdown that they may be able to include more varied fundraising activities to their schedule. All virtual activities will be downloaded to the Just Giving page so keep a look out for those and for future fundraisers. The aim is to raise as much money as possible for a charity that is under ever increasing pressure to provide services and support for those that need it most during this current crisis. If you can donate or share the link below the Young Mayor and her team would be very grateful.

If you are able to donate or share the link the Young Mayor and her team would be very grateful.

Make a donation on Just Giving

As Young Mayor Labella would normally attend 15 formal events during her term but unfortunately the Coronavirus lockdown will mean this may no longer be possible. Labella hopes to attend as many events as she can virtually and in these uncertain times will continue to represent young people in the borough.

Councillor Evelyn Carpenter, Cabinet Member for Educational Attainment and School Improvement said:

“I’m so pleased to hear that our Young Mayor and the Youth Forum have voted to continue fundraising for Refuge.

“As a council, we’re committed to reducing domestic violence in the borough, and it’s refreshing to see that our young people want to do everything they can to support the cause.

“Jessica did a fantastic job of raising money for Refuge during her term as Young Mayor and I’d like to thank her for her hard work.

“I wish Labella and her team all the best for the year ahead, and I look forward to seeing what they can achieve.

“I sent the International Women’s Day video to some of my friends and they were madly impressed with Labella.”

Request the Young Mayor’s attendance


Sally Allen-Clarke

The Vibe, 195-211 Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 2UT

0208 227 3297