We had Future Foundry down on the 30th of March as part of our Community Economic Development plan of having a market at the Luton Road Shoppers car park to speak to people locally about what it takes to run Market.
Future Foundry’s projects bring young people together with people in their communities that can help them progress – creating connections and highlighting pathways. They promote the creative industries and encourage people to be inspired by, and access creative training and cultural events. By bringing together the very different approaches of the creative, environmental and business sectors, Future Foundry acts to resolve the real economic, spatial and social problems faced by our communities.
We were kindly hosted in the morning at Victory Academy where the Future Foundry team including some student market makers spoke to pupils studying business studies about ideas around what could you make or sell at a market and how to make it happen.
Sixth Form students also took part in discussions talking about and sharing their ideas on the Market.
The pupils were asked to note down their ideas with some interesting themes and ideas arising from the earlier discussions.
Later on in the day, we were back down at the Magpie Community Centre running a workshop discussion with the local community.
We have other visits planned to further developed the idea of the market in line with the local community needs and aspirations, with in the near future holding a test market in the area for people to attend and take part with.