‘If the research sector is to truly reflect our diverse communities, we need new forms of partnerships’ 

20 July 2022 | Authors: Emily Morrison,

Tom Saunders and Emily Morrison stress the need for more equitable and sustainable models of community engagement in research

Here comes the community!

13 June 2022

Today, local leaders from around the UK descend on Parliament to call for a Community Power Act. Our CEO Helen Goulden welcomes engagement with communities that increases both equality and equity. 

The rise and rise of participatory research

24 May 2022

Our CEO reflects on the knowledge shared at our recent Hive conference – and makes the case for peer research as an approach that is ripe for these times…

‘Fat people face discrimination that affects them for the rest of their lives’ 

15 May 2022

New research from Kickstart peer research trainees uncovers prejudice and discrimination and explores its impact.

‘Putting young people in the driving seat of research can steer better youth support’

28 March 2022 | Authors: Helen Goulden,

Helen Goulden shares a new report, and celebrates greater participation of young people in the research sector.

‘Greater diversity among councillors matters. Here’s why.’

22 March 2022 | Authors: Victoria Boelman,

Victoria Boelman asks what we can all do to increase the diversity of people putting themselves forward for local elections.

‘More must be done to confront online racism’

18 February 2022

Research led and directed by peer researchers on the Kickstart scheme explores the role social media plays in amplifying discrimination, hate and abuse.

‘Empowering young people will drive better mental health support’

25 January 2022

Having struggled with her own mental health, 16-year-old Eva Woods is currently working as a peer researcher in secondary schools, talking to other young people seeking support.

‘We need to address how we educate young people about money’

21 January 2022

We offer a platform to our Kickstart team, who have been employed by The Young Foundation to develop peer research skills. Here, they explore financial literacy. 

‘A time to recharge, renew – and participate in your future’

19 January 2022 | Authors: Helen Goulden,

The Young Foundation starts 2022 with a focus on collective energy. Helen Goulden reflects on the challenges and opportunities ahead.

‘I never thought a research career was for someone like me’

8 December 2021

Elly McDade had big dreams and bags of ambition, but struggled at school and found herself on Universal Credit – until finding the Kickstart peer researcher programme. 

‘To make lasting change, we need more than slogans’

7 December 2021 | Authors: Lydia Ragoonanan,

Partnership and community-driven action are key to reducing inequalities, building stronger local economies, and addressing our national and global challenges, says Lydia Ragoonanan.

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