By Jackie Belcher, Community Mission Manager

Last week we were thrilled to launch the Peer Action Collective (PAC). Rooted in our Vision and Co-op values, the PAC provides 10-25 year-olds with a voice and the chance to make their own communities safer and fairer places. 

The £5.2m million youth-led programme – which is funded by our members through their contribution to the Community Partnerships Fund – will reach nearly 6,500 young people (aged from 10-25).

The programme may involve young people designing and carrying out research as a peer researcher, leading campaigns in their communities as a changemaker or sharing their views on their community as a research participant. By doing activities like this, young people participating will be able to shape the solutions they want to see in their communities. 

Breaking it down

120 peer researchers (aged 16-25) will design their own research questions. They’ll then work with around 5,000 other young people (aged 10-20) to find out about young people’s experiences of violence and their views on how they can help make their communities better places to live and work. 

These findings will then be used by a group of changemakers, made up of 1,500 10-20-years-olds, who’ll take what the researchers learn and turn it into action. 

The young people will use our online community centre Co-operate to get to know their community and add on their own projects.  Our Member Pioneers will also have a role to play by being part of the young peoples’ networks, connecting them to local community groups and helping amplify their projects.

From campaigning to improve local mental health services, setting up a youth centre or supporting young people into employment – the PAC will create new opportunities for young people to make their communities safer and fairer. 

Find out more

You can read more about the project here.

You can also find out more about how our Co-op are working with young people through this link.