Authoring Our Own Stories


Do you live in Bolton, Burnley, Liverpool, Manchester (Metropolitan borough), Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, St Helens or Warrington and are between the ages of 16-21?

  • Are you interested in how young people engage with politics and society and think you can get other young people to talk about their own experiences?
  • Would you like to develop a creative research project with four other young people and be supported to develop leadership and research skills that you can use in your future life and work?

Then join us as a Young Leader on the ‘Authoring our own stories’ project - explore how you and other young people form civic identity and engage with the wider world, contribute to a national research project and ultimately, have your say on how youth services work for you.

Click here for more information or contact if you have any questions.

APPLY HERE before 29 May 2022.

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1. What are the levelling up areas?

The levelling up areas refer to the areas the government is investing in, across the country, to tackle inequality of services and opportunity. We are interested in how young people understand and engage with the idea their area ‘needs’ levelling up, and are specifically using areas outlined for targeted youth funding by the Youth Investment Fund, as part of the levelling up agenda.

We would like to work with young people from the following areas of the north west in this project: Bolton, Burnley, Liverpool, Manchester (Metropolitan borough), Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, St Helens or Warrington

2. How old do I need to be?

We are looking to work with young people between the ages of 16-21 on this project.

3. How much time do I need to commit?

Young Leaders will be asked to commit around 40 hours of their time over the course of the project – roughly 2-4 hours per week, on average.

4. When will I be needed?

We expect that most of the youth-led research will take place over the summer, from June to September 2022.

5. Will I be paid?

You will receive vouchers for your involvement in the project.

6. Will I need to travel?

We would like the Young Leaders to be able to some come to in-person sessions if possible, likely held in Manchester or Liverpool. There may also be some opportunity to attend events as part of the project and your research. Travel costs will be covered by Youth Focus North West (YFNW).

7. Do I need a laptop and will I be expected to attend some online sessions?

We will have some online sessions and so having a laptop or smartphone will be useful to access these sessions. Please do let us know if you would like to be involved but access to technology may be a problem for you.

8. Do I need experience taking part in research projects?

Not at all! Just the enthusiasm and desire to get involved and contribute to the research team.

9. If I’m not selected, can I still get involved?

Yes! Please let us know via the application form should you wish to be considered for future cohorts or if you would like to be contacted as one of our 100 research participants.

10. If I don’t get selected, have I done something wrong?

No! With only five Young Leader places available, it will be a very tough process to choose young people and we expect to receive many fantastic applications. In the selection process, we will focus on having a diverse and inclusive team of Young Leaders that represents young people from across the North West levelling up areas and sadly we won’t be able to accept everyone. However, there will be other opportunities to get involved as a participant or in future years.

APPLY HERE before 29 May 2022.

11. How can I find out more about the project?

You can find out more here or APPLY HERE before 29 May 2022.

More Information

For more information about the programme please contact your regional leads or the project lead:

Partnership for Young London

National Lead for Authoring Our Own Stories: A Youth Recovery Initiative Exploring Young People’s Regional Identities

Sandra Vacciana

Youth Focus North West

Nick Baily i

Youth Focus South West

Juliette Morgan

Yorkshire and Humber Regional Youth Work Unit

Charlee Bewsher

This work is generously funded by the National Lottery Community Fund