The Aawaaz project set out to explore the provision of leisure services for young people from South East Asian communities in Bradford. Commissioned by Mencap, the research was carried out by Raghu Raghavan and Nicole Pawson from the School of Health Studies at Bradford University. Some of the young people who were involved in the project were also trained as co-researchers to assist in delivering the report.
The project aimed to highlight the barriers that young people in Bradford face when accessing leisure facilities. The young people played an important part in establishing a dialogue with other young people, parents, service providers and commissioners. This dialogue forms the main body of the report which focuses on:
- the importance of involvement, participation and consultation of the people who use services in Bradford
- the need for Bradford to engage with local communities
- the need for inclusive services
- the need for fully accessible information and communication with South East Asian Communities.
The group interviewed young people and their parents to gather their experiences of leisure provision in Bradford, and met with local service providers to explore these issues and to find ways of improving services to meet the needs of young people in South East Asian Communities.
Central to the project was a robust consultative mechanism that ensured people's voices were heard, and that they were able to have a real influence over the services they received. The co-researchers were supported in their work to empower them to take their issues forward with service providers.
Aawaaz project reports
The Aawaaz project report is available to download in the following versions:
Summary reports are available in:
A DVD is also available that outlines how the research was undertaken and provides interviews with people who use services, their parents and carers, and service providers.
For further information about the project or to order a DVD, please contact:
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