Big Ideas Challenge

Congratulations to our two finalist groups who have been selected to put their BIG Ideas into action and will receive £250 to make their ideas a reality.  


Judges: Councillor Peter Finney, Antony Littlechild, Thereas Stewart Sykes, and Rebecca King were very impressed by the applications.  Rebecca, who leads environmental education at Magdalen Farm - said: "It's so exciting, this is why I love working with young people, they are full of good ideas and enthusiasm"!

Congratulations to Lyme Youth Theatre and Gillingham Youth Club who were selected as finalists.


Gillingham are planning to demonstrate sustaianble beauty products and a prototype to charge mobile phones by walking, at two sustainability events where attendees will be asked ot take up more enviornmentally friendly behaviour.

Lyme are planning to make their upcoming production of Bedbug in March as sustaianable as possible, and to inspire the cast and audience to become more environmentally friendly. 

The teams will be neck and neck to win an Amazing Outdoor adventure from Foreadventure

It's happening! Young people across Dorset are adding their BIG Ideas to tackle climate change locally.

To coincide with the Paris Climate Negotiations, the BIG Ideas Challenge supports youth-led missions to reduce carbon emissions in their local communities by offering help and resources from local experts. 


Thank you for coming! It added a really interesting dimension to the class, and  cemented ideas about sustainability. In fact, after you left we were all heatedly discussing climate change, energy, fossil fuels etc during our break ! So it clearly had an effect on them! I learnt a lot too! 

Youth Worker, Lyme Regis

What's involved?

  • Plan a project that will make your community more environmentally friendly. You can chose to work on clothes, energy, water, waste, food, or travel.

We will support you with excellent resources:

Briefing Sheets:

Watch the BIG Ideas Film

The first 20 teams to register will recieve the following FREE support!

  • •  Workshop and ongoing support with a Project Mentor: introducing the Challenge, helping you explore the issues, and begin to plan.

  • •  Workshop and ongoing support with an Expert: ​exploring challenges and solutions in your chosen area: Clothes, Energy, Food, Travel, Waste, Water

Don't just take our word for it!

‘The Challenge has given us the perfect motivation, resources and support to kick start a project with our youth members that will enrich their community engagement’.
Youth worker, North Dorset

‘We all agreed that the material made available is wonderful, super helpful, easy to understand and a pleasure to read!
Youth worker, North Dorset


  • 10 finalists will receive £250 funding to make their project happen: 

  • FIRST PRIZE   - An amazing outdoor adventure with Foreadventure

  • SECOND PRIZE - £250 voucher for your group

How do I get started? -

Refer to the HOW-TO GUIDE it really will guide you through the whole Challenge. 

1) Register your interest today!

2) Book Your Project Mentor Workshop

  • The first 20 groups to register will be offered a Project Mentor workshop.  This will be a 45 minute session to explain the Challenge, explore the issues, think about why change is difficult and begin to come up with solutions. 

  • The Project Mentor will also provide support throughout the project 

  • Request your Project Mentor Workshop

3) Book Your  Expert Workshop

  • The BIG Ideas Challenge asks you to choose one of six Issues to work on.  These are: Clothes, Energy, Food, Travel, Waste and Water.   

  • The first 20 groups to register will be offered a Expert Workshop in their chosen issue (we will endeavour to meet your first choice).  

  • The Expert will help you to explore the Issue and understand the challenges and develop solutions. 

  • Request your Issue Workshop

4) Make a Plan

Refer to your HOW-TO GUIDE

5) Judging will take place at 1pm on Monday 21st December 2015, entries must be received by email or post  by NOON on 21st December or will not be considered.  

Download the Entry Form.

Return your form:

- By email to

- By post to Emily Bullock, Dorset Community Action, The Coach House, Acland Road, Dorchester DT1 1EF. 


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