A Safer Place to Live, A Better Place to Rent
Community Researchers share their findings and create a strategy for action
On Friday 6th March, Community Researchers from two Participatory Action Research (PAR) projects shared their findings on how Tower Hamlets can become a safer and more connected place, and how renting can be made better for young people in East London. This was followed by an open discussion into what the strategy for action and next steps should be for the forthcoming year.
Since March 2019, we have worked with 50 community researchers, 80 organisations and 300 community members to understand the issues and to explore possible solutions.
These subjects were chosen as areas to research as they were what many people told us they were concerned with. Community safety first came up as an issue in Toynbee Hall’s first PAR project which looked into the needs of older people in Tower Hamlets. Young renters emerged as an area of concern when we began to notice the numbers of people under 30 accessing our debt advice service began to increase.
At the event in our Lecture Hall, the researchers shared their personal experiences and motivation for taking part in the project before revealing what their research had uncovered. We were also joined by Rachel Blake, Mayor for Planning, Tackling Poverty and Air Quality at Tower Hamlets Council. She emphasised the importance on this method of research and how the council are looking at how they offer more spaces in town centres where they can provide information and advice.
You can see the findings from both research projects in these slides: