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Youth charity moves to Barking to work with 'best talent'

PUBLISHED: 07:40 23 August 2016

Victoria Oladele, outside Insyde's new headquarters at Starting Point. Picture: Sandra Rowse

Victoria Oladele, outside Insyde's new headquarters at Starting Point. Picture: Sandra Rowse

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A team of social workers are hoping to expand a unique youth forum as they celebrate moving into their first permanent office.

The pair behind The Insyde Talk Show were working out of their bedrooms for a year until they moved to Starting Point in Pickering Road, Barking, earlier this month.

Victoria Oladele, who now lives with co-founder Lola Olysayo in Loxford Road, Barking, said the new space gave them “consistency” and allowed them to work with volunteers from the borough.

“We have the opportunity to work with the best talent,” she said.

“Working in an open space office like Starting Point just allows us to stay in touch with what’s happening around us on the ground.”

The 26-year-old now heads the charity, while Lola, 27, remains a full-time social worker and a trustee.

“We founded it because we didn’t see a space for young people, for forums which talk about other matters,” explained Victoria.

“A lot of things discussed on social media don’t necessarily impact young people’s lives in a positive way.

“It was trying to bring together young people who care about other stuff.”

After a year of planning debates for 16 to 25-year-olds all over London, they now host regular monthly forums at the University of East London (UEL) – with themes including everything from men’s health to new beginnings.

“What is really important for me is to get the issues aired and have regular debates.

“We’d love to open that up in Barking and Dagenham but we need partners first.”

Everyone is welcome to attended the free talks. Go to insydetalk.com for more.

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