The National Lottery Community Fund are really excited to be undertaking, with The Young Foundation, youth led peer research across England hearing directly from young people their funding priorities for their regions. This project will allow young people to highlight their funding priorities for their region going forward. This will inform funders, delivery organisations and youth organisations about priorities to focus funding on in their region. It will also shape the development of the #iwill Fund and wider funding by the Fund.
Up to 60 young people across England are set to lead and conduct research into the experiences and priorities of their peers. The new Youth-Led Peer Research Network is now open to applicants across England, and will bring young people with diverse backgrounds and experiences together. The researchers will speak to 300 16- to 20-year-olds, documenting their ideas and experiences, sharing them across the youth sector, and enabling funders to better understand youth priorities.
The Young Foundation will co-ordinate and run the project, training Network members and working will them to co-design research.
CEO, Helen Goulden, says: “The Young Foundation has a long history of working towards building a fairer future for young people, and this is an opportunity to help centre youth voice at the heart of future thinking and strategy. We’re excited to be a part of it and further expand on the work we do with our Peer Research Network.”
The new Youth-Led Network is driven by a £150,000 investment from The National Lottery Community Fund.
Goulden concludes: “Peer research is an integral part of understanding lived experience and we can’t wait to see the impact this work will have.”
10 young people will be recruited in each region, reflecting a range of backgrounds and experiences reflective of young people living in the region. This recruited team of young people will be supported with tailored training and support to lead and conduct research into the experiences and priorities of young people across their region to highlight their funding priorities for young people for their region going forward. Once the research is completed, the young people will facilitate a co-design process in which the team of young people are supported to identify the best way to, and then to, deliver the presentation of their research findings so that funders, delivery organisations and youth organisations across the region can embed this thinking in their work and future decisions.
Applications to become a member of the Youth-Led Peer Research Network are open until 24 October.