RY has grown from our London base. We have an office in Leeds, and run events, workshops, research projects, and day and residential trips across the UK.
One of the most rewarding projects we’ve been involved in was the Leeds Carnival Project in 2015. As part of RefugeeYouth North, young refugees now living in Leeds, Hull and Middlesborough, joined local artists to develop a unique street-theatre/musical performance.
In 2015, RefugeeYouth also took part in an important project to explore the issues communities face when working with academics. As part of the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) Connected Communities Programme, we used participatory action research (PAR) to create a sustained connection between different groups of young people with refugee backgrounds in different parts of the UK.
PAR is research conducted by and for the people it directly affects, rather than on their behalf by academics. It aims to produce action and change, for themselves and others, rather than reports.
“It was very scary with all these people from academic backgrounds. I can’t believe I did a workshop for academics and PhD students. It’s not just about having a qualification; all knowledge and experience is important.” Nazir, PAR participant
RefugeeYouth has used PAR across our network since our inception and many of our projects have grown out of this process. Young people have used creative presentations, forum theatre, training, reports, books, films, drama, theatre and art, to spread the word among other young people and community members, and to challenge professionals and policy makers, who impact upon their lives.
As part of the AHRC Connected Community Programme, young people from London, Hull and Leeds were invited to Durham University to run an interactive and challenging workshop on PAR with academics and PhD students.
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