Young Londoners Research Programme


Partnership for Young London, Rocket Science and Young Harrow Foundation have been funded by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to deliver a Young Londoners Research Programme. This will consist of providing small grants and training to young people supported by youth groups to develop youth-led Participatory Action Research (PAR). This work is also being supported by peer researchers from Young Hammersmith and Fulham Foundation and Young Westminster Foundation. 


Please download the briefing here for more information.

Programme of work

A New Deal for Young People

The London Recovery Board, which is co-chaired by the Mayor of London and the Chair of London Councils, is committed to developing a ‘new deal’ for this generation of young people. The mission is that by 2024, all young people in need will be entitled to a personal mentor and all young Londoners will have access to quality local youth activities. More about the New Deal for Young People can be viewed here.


Young Londoners Research and Engagement Programme

As part of the work underway for the New Deal for Young People, the Greater London Authority commissioned a new programme that will fund and support young people, their youth or support workers and their youth organisations to research young people’s views on the following:

  • Access to youth services

  • Barriers to attending youth services

  • Young people’s specific needs and the type of activities young people want


And from this research, to design, develop and trial innovative youth-led approaches based on the areas identified by the young people. The research findings and evaluations of the pilot projects be shared with policy makers working on the New Deal for Young People and more broadly, with the aim of shaping what provision is funded and how it is promoted to young people in need of support.




We will deliver a grant-giving, training and support programme that enables small groups of young people (a minimum of two young researchers), supported by a youth worker and youth organisation. The programme will provide the training and support, guidance and tools young people need to carry out Participatory Action Research projects. Young people are not expected to have existing research skills to take part. There will be 8-10 grants of up to 8,000 available.


Youth-Led Research


Young people taking part in this work as young researchers will be:

  • Young people living in London aged 14-25

  • from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences


The programme will support the young researchers to take action within their community, for example by:

  • identifying young people in need that could benefit from youth activities and are not currently accessing them

  • researching how these young people can best be supported to engage with youth activities, and what kind of activities they are interested in

  • trying out activities that engage young people who are not accessing mentoring, personalised support or other youth activities

  • reflecting and analysing how effective the approach was and how it could be adapted or developed

  • making recommendations about future approaches and activities that could be used


We welcome applications from projects who are conducting research related to young people from the some, but not all, of the following groups:


Young people

  • from lower income families

  • with SEND

  • with poor mental health

  • who have been excluded from school or socially

  • who are homeless young people

  • who are young refugees and / or asylum seekers

  • experiencing or affected by domestic violence and abuse

  • from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community

  • with no recourse to public funds

We are particularly interested in supporting young researchers from youth organisations that carry out personalised support or mentoring.

How to apply

Please make sure that you have read the grants information, the link to the detailed prospectus is here.


Complete the eligibility checklist here

Attend a briefing session on Monday 7 March at 17.15 pm. Please book a place here, if you cannot attend, we will record the session and produce a Q and A.  

If you have any questions on the grants process, please email if you have any questions about the research approach please email

A decision-making panel with young people will review the shortlisted applications and make a final decision on the grants.


Delivery Groups (we will upload details on each group as they are announced)

“Preliminary Peer Research Training Days”:

  • Peer research Training 1: Introduction to Peer Research

Saturday 18 June, 10:00 – 16:00 at Guildhall, City of London

  • Peer Research Training 2: Mapping stakeholders, research aims and research methodologies

Saturday 9 July, 10:00 – 16:00 at Guildhall, City of London

  • Peer Research Training 3: Designing methodologies, safeguarding and fieldwork

Saturday 30 July, 10:00 – 16:00 at Guildhall, City of London

  • Peer Research Training 4: Data analysis

tbd (in the fall)

  • Peer Research Training 5: Report write up/Implementing findings

tbd (in the fall/winter)

Supporting Resources 

Please see supporting resources in the section below

Case Studies


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Sharon Long



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Iris Bos

Policy & Research Officer