Two Reading University interns working with Whitley For Real to research youth aspirations and increase participation
Sally Lloyd Evans selected us to work on this project over the summer and complete research and interviews with key stakeholders, policy makers and partners to find out their opinion on Whitley for Real, the project so far and how people can make a difference.
This placement scheme run by the University is in it’s forth year and has made its stamp on the community.
We will be interviewing to develop new strategies to tackle social exclusion and boost youth aspiration in South Reading. All our topics in the interview have covered and discussed 4 broad subjects:
- Identifying key issues facing the community in Whitley and how they can be overcome
- What do you want to gain from this and how you can use this research
- What can you bring to the project
- How to increase involvement with the project
This is so we can develop the project further and make any amendments now, as we go, to strengthen the project. The interviews will last around 30 minutes and questions can be accessed in the below link.
We composed a list of key stakeholders with help from the council, namely Jill Marston and Chris Bloomfield and contacted them regarding the possibility of an interview.
We’ve completed interviews with:
- Steve Musson, Aspire 2
- Sue Brackley, Reading UK CIC
- Barry Wren, New Directions
- Julie Kennedy, Reading College
Planned interviews with:
- Shelia Tibbenham, WEC
- Matthew Breadman, Whitley Library
- Jo Hawthorne, RBC
We’re hoping to have completed the interviews by the end of August when we will then write our report with the findings. Thank you to everyone involved!