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Marsh & Micklefield Young People’s Survey

Marsh and Micklefield Big Local, is one of 150 projects across England to be given at least £1m from the Big Lottery fund to make a lasting and positive difference to the community. The project is focused on bringing together local talent, ambitions, skills and energy from individuals, groups and organisations who want to make their area a better place to live.

During the summer of 2016 The Marsh & Micklefield created a Young People's Survey in order to better understand the needs of young people living locally, developing projects that would support their current requirements and enhance their future experiences.

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Together with local artist Dan Wilson, dust’s long term collaborator Lisa Meaney developed a workshop with young people to help shape the design of the paper survey. Meany and Wilson introduced workshop participants to the design process, gathering their input and ideas throughout.

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The resulting survey employed a visual language devised by the young people. Bespoke emojis were created and emoji stickers were then used to answer questions, enabling answers to communicate choice, preference and opinion rather than the simple yes or no of standard survey tick boxes. The input of the young people created a survey that was interactive, playful and engaging – a survey that would get honest answers and realistic feedback. Answers that would be vital for the success of the long term development of The Marsh & Micklefield Big Local

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