Embassy for Reimagining Rotherham:

If you were in charge of Rotherham, what would you do?

The Embassy for Reimagining Rotherham (ERR) asked a group of local children and young people just that. Over three weeks of intensive workshops in summer 2017, a group of thirty young ambassadors created their own manifesto for the town’s future. With the help of our design directors Side by Side, they created a pop-up embassy in the town centre.  They talked to Rotherham residents about their ideas. The young ambassadors then presented the final results to an audience of local change makers.  Their manifesto went on to shape Rotherham’s cultural strategy.

The Embassy has continued to meet after this, designing a ‘Big Conversation’ event that empowered young people from across the borough to share their thoughts about the town.  In addition, our young ambassadors consulted with families at several events in Rotherham, including at Rotherham Show in September 2018.  This short documentary shows you all about our ambassadors’ ideas for reimagining Rotherham!

We are continuing to do creative consultation with young people to help shape the direction of the borough. If you’d like to see more about what we do in our out of school activities, click here!

Filmed and edited by Brett Chapman. A big thanks to Rosie H and Emily H, who helped devise and deliver this project, and to everyone else who helped bring our Embassy to life.

Grimm & Co gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England, Julie Kenny DBE DL, the University of Sheffield, IVE,  Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, and Big Lottery for this project.

Child explaining the Embassy for Reimagining RotherhamChild explaining the Embassy for Reimagining Rotherham