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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

Photo of Zubin BurleyThe votes are in and Barking and Dagenham has a new Young Mayor, Zubin Burley.

Zubin, 14, was recently voted into the role by his peers.  He will replace Labella Anum and will be the Young Mayor until February 2023.

Zubin has been part of the Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum for the past year and felt now was the right time to stand to be Young Mayor.

On being named the Young Mayor of Barking and Dagenham, Zubin said:  

"As Young Mayor, I see it an honour to represent the young people of Barking and Dagenham. This year, we will build a brighter future for our generation and all to come. Together, we will be today's change. "

His term will run from March 2022 until February 2023, and he will work alongside one of the BAD Youth Forum sub-groups to fundraise for a charity to be chosen by young people.

Fundraising will once again be challenging this year as rising costs may mean that people have less disposable income to contribute to charity. Zubin is hoping to include more new and varied fundraising activities to the schedule and aims to match/beat last year’s total. He will endeavor to raise as much money as possible for the chosen charity.

As Young Mayor Zubin will attend 15 formal events during his term and in these uncertain times will represent young people in the borough.

Request the Young Mayor’s attendance


Sally Allen-Clarke

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

0208 227 3297