Youth employment in the ‘gig’ economy, isolation and youth loneliness research project



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Apologies I’ve only just found our about this project and the first workshop is on Wednesday, May 3 in Manchester. Looks an excellent initiative and co-facilitated by our friends at 42nd Street. A pertinent piece of research to be shared on May Day.

As part of the @YouthLoneliness project, we are interested to find out more about young people’s working lives, their casual employment, their experience of self-employment and their involvement in the ‘gig’ economy.
Across 3 workshops we will explore, research and discuss the gig economy and youth loneliness. The workshops will be held at the People’s History Museum on May 3rd, May 17th and May 24th, between 1.00 pm to 3 pm.
Workshop One: Starting a documentary process. In this session we will learn about doing research using a smartphone. Then we plan and begin our research on young people in the ‘gig’ economy. This will involve interviewing young people in the ‘gig’ economy around Manchester.
Workshop Two: Exploring the data. This session will explore the data we’ve collected and ideas we have. We’ll use this material to produce a multi-media mixed art form (e.g. a collage or mosaic).
Workshop Three: Discussion. We will invite a panel of guest speakers to discuss the research and debate isolation, loneliness and young people in the ‘gig’ economy.
Priority booking will be given to people aged between 16 and 25 but the events are open to all. You do not have to work in the ‘gig’ economy to participate. You do not have to have previous experience of doing research.
The event is based at based at the People’s History Museum. We will be looking at archive material in the museum to inspire printmaking, documentary work and photography and ideas for today. We are looking to historical movements like the Co-op Movement and the Trades Union movement that brought people facing harsh conditions together in search of ways of improving lives. We are wondering what networks of connection can we imagine for today?

For more info/to book a place, go to Youth Loneliness Tickets


Welcome to the first yresearch – journal of social research and evaluation


Late last year we publicised news of a forthcoming event, YRESEARCH? : THE CONFERENCE AT THE YMCA COLLEGE, FEBRUARY 2015. The organisers informed us that “a new e-journal publication will be launched next year. Those presenting papers at the conference will be invited  to submit an article based on the presentation (3,000-5,000 words in length) for the first edition due to be launched in the autumn of 2015.”

We are very pleased to say that the proposal has come to fruition and below you will find the pdf of the first volume. The contents are as follows:

Editorial -Tina Salter

“These papers are a snapshot of some research being carried out in the field of youth and community work, at a particularly difficult time when many youth services have significantly diminished or simply do not exist. Whilst the landscape has shrunk, those left are showing a determination to capture and evidence the work which represents a long history of creative and meaningful engagements with young people. yresearch hopes to continue providing evidence of youth and community work.”

A Critical Case for Participant Action Research in Youth Work – William Mason

Youth Work Methodology as Social Research – Ken Harland and Sam McCready

Challenging Myths about Young People and Organised Crime through Collaborative Research – Naomi Stanton

Apprenticeships. New Opportunities for Young People or Another Great Training Robbery – Martin Allen and Patrick Ainley

Rethinking Personal and Professional Boundaries between Young People and Youth Work Practitioners as Manifested through Connections on Online Social Networking Sites – Liesl Conradie

yresearch- journal of social research and evaluation, Volume 1, September 2015 [full pdf version]