HEAR US Project - The arts supporting youth voices through the 'power of clay'
'Hear Us' is a unique research collaboration working in partnership with the CHAMPIONS team established to identify how arts-based approaches can facilitate safe conversations and shape the health and wellbeing of children and young people.
Through the delivery of a dedicated 12-week knowledge exchange, with young people at the centre, Hear Us generated mutual learnings around inequalities, marginalised identities, and sensitive topics such as mental health and bereavement; for transformative research practice, youth support, and children and young people empowerment. The project focussed on how building trusted relationships through the power of ceramics can improve positive outcomes for young people.
The Hear Us project brought together the expert interdisciplinary CHAMPIONS team led by Professor Monica Lakhanpaul, in partnership with Dr Nadia Svirydzenka, Associate Professor of Culture, Identity and Mental Health at De Montfort University, Leicester, the Community Engagement Panel, UCL Professor of Pediatric ENT and trialist Professor Anne Schilder, Professor of Engineering for International Development Professor Priti Parikh, Hannah Sender, Research Fellow and PhD candidate at UCL, Independent charity 'Inspire' Chorley Youth Zone and children and young People participants. This project was funded by Research England's Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) administered by UCL Innovation & Enterprise.
You can find out more about the project by reading the final report here.
Watch the HEAR US project impacts film:
How has the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Peer Relations in Young People Living in Temporary Accommodation?
Dr Rosemary Roberts from University College London is working with the CHAMPIONS team on her dissertation project. Its aim is to understand how peer relations have been affected by the pandemic for young people living in temporary accommodation. Through the use of participatory methods such as photography and filmmaking, it will enable young people to express how the pandemic has affected them.