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Beyond4Walls: Participatory Youth Research Project (2014-2015)

The award-winning Beyond4Walls project was commissioned by the Wheatley Group in 2014 and delivered by Children in Scotland and The Poverty Alliance. The project took a participatory approach to understanding the needs of young people living in social housing in Glasgow and West Central Scotland.

One of the practical applications of Beyond4Walls was to develop Wheatley's strategy. It also, however, highlighted the benefit of  engaging with young people more widely.

The project worked with 12 young people aged 14-21 who had experience of social housing to conduct peer research. The research projects were to consider two key themes:

  • Access to housing
  • Tenancy sustainment

The project was split into two groups to conduct research. The older cluster carried out ethnographic research of a Wheatley tenancy. The approach recored the sights, sounds, feeling and emotions of the group through social media.

The younger cluster used a mixed method approach. They designed two surveys; one for young people and another for front line housing staff. They also used semi structured interviews, carried out focus groups with young people and recorded personal reflections of a community walkabout.

The report presents the findings of the peer research and makes a series recommendations to support young people transition into independent tenancies. In 2016 the project won a Housing Excellence Award for Youth Engagement.

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Beyond4Walls report

Have a look at the final report from the project.

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Beyond4Walls young person-friendly report

Have a look at the final report from the project.

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Children in Scotland

Children in Scotland were a key delivery partner in the project.

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The Poverty Alliance

The Poverty Alliance were a key delivery partner in the project.

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The Wheatley Group

The Wheatley Group commissioned the research and set some of the research parameters.

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