This project evolved in response to an idea put forward by a group of young people, involved in UCan (the young researcher group working with the Centre for Children and Young People’s Participation) who wanted to create opportunities to utilise participatory research as a means to share other children’s and young people’s stories of resilience and transformation within the wider community. We seek to do this by working with Barnardo’s young people who are members of a range of participatory groups who will become part of the project team as co-researchers. As the project evolves, we hope to support a core group of young people who will collect stories about children and young people’s lives that might not otherwise be heard. The next phase of the project will engage with two famous children’s authors, Adele Geras and Melvyn Burgess, and digital designers from Lancaster University in order to share these stories as ‘phygital’ objects that will offer an exciting hybrid of physical and digital forms.
This project is supported by the children’s charity Barnardo’s and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of the Connected Communities Programme.