Call for a Citizen Enquiry: Youth Work and Young People Now
Fellow youth work professionals are hosting a Citizen Enquiry through the community-based youth work sector concerning what is happening for young people, youth work and youth workers now and over the coming months in respect to Covid-19. We are creating a network of correspondents in all parts of the United Kingdom and a network of citizen enquirers willing to join in discussing and analysing what is emerging.
The main purpose is to find out What is happening here? And what is happening for young people? We do not only want to document youth work but get a snapshot into the lives of both youth workers and young people during this time and the coming months. So this can include the weather, the atmosphere, the food, the music, the emotions…whatever you want to include you can. We will be making a contribution to the wider picture of what is happening via Mass Observation (www.massobs.org.uk)
We will ask for diary entries each month for at least one day on the first week of the month (starting in May) from youth workers and if possible also with young people they are working with. We will also join the Mass Observation diary project on 12th May. In addition, we invite short reports (memos) on the following themes:
- Vulnerabilities and Precarious lives
- Who is missing? How is outreach work happening?
- Crisis points and meeting basic needs
- What is happening online?
- Improvisation? Emotions?
- Community networks?
- Fears and hopes for the future of your organisation/youth project ?
A group of citizen researchers from the youth work sector will meet monthly to consider what has been submitted in their area, join a national meeting to see what is emerging and, after 6 months, decide on what to enquire into further. This will be an independent citizen led research project.
Those involved will be invited to submit their diaries via this enquiry to the Mass Observation archive at the University of Sussex who are undertaking a record of everyday experiences of the pandemic. They will be invited to use the ethical processes associated with Mass Observation and guidance of this will be given when people join the project.
To join in the project, contact Janet Batsleer, Manchester J.Batsleer@mmu.ac.uk
Christine Smith - Hull, Tania de St Croix - London, Kevin Jones - Manchester