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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

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

Joshua Singh-Hill

Joshua Singh-HillA new Young Mayor for Barking and Dagenham has been appointed for the fifth year after Joshua Singh-Hill replaced Wesley Oparaugo. Joshua, 15, who attends All Saints Catholic school was a member of the Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum in 2018. He is the second male to become Young Mayor and was one of five candidates who stood to be elected.

Joshua gave a short manifesto speech to the members of the newly elected Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum followed by a democratic vote and was elected as the fifth Young Mayor on Tuesday 26 February at the Vibe Youth Centre.

His term will run from the end of February 2019 until February 2020 and he will work alongside one of the BAD Youth Forum sub-groups to fundraise and raise awareness of their chosen charity. Following a public youth vote, in which 1673 young people voted, the charity SANE was chosen. Joshua and the BAD Youth Forum members are now planning each of their fundraising activities for the year. Joshua will also attend 15 formal events as Young Mayor. He has already attended a visit to the Houses of Parliament with the borough’s Chief Executive and MP Jon Cruddas, the Children in Care Awards Ceremony and the Women’s Empowerment Month launch.

Joshua is delighted to become the second male to hold such a prestigious post and said: “Becoming Young Mayor is an absolute privilege and an amazing opportunity. It will allow me to help the community from the perspective of a young person and have a positive impact. I am looking forward to working with the Barking and Dagenham Youth Forum to choose a charity that we will fundraise for, I am aiming to raise as much money as possible, with an aim to beat last year’s target of £4770! I am over the moon knowing that I have the chance to make a positive difference in our borough.”

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

“I would like to say a huge congratulations to Joshua on his election and I am looking forward to seeing what he has planned for this year.

“I am sure he will do some fantastic work raising money for the chosen charity and the young people of Barking and Dagenham.

“On a final note, I want to say thank you to Wesley Oparaugo, who did a fantastic job in his position as Young Mayor and raised a record amount of money for the New Horizon Youth Centre.”

Request the Young Mayor’s attendance


Sally Allen-Clarke

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

0208 227 3297