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Listening Projects: Creating Cultural Communities for Young Londoners

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During Covid-19, Londoners’ lives have become simultaneously hyper-local and more geographically removed. How we use our space at home; the activities we undertake in our local areas and how we move around the city, have all changed quickly. The experience has also uncovered structural inequalities in who has access to regional, local and digital services. It has also illustrated the compassion of communities to respond quickly to develop solutions.  

The impact of these inequalities on young people have been particularly severe. Emerging evidence on the economic and social impact of the coronavirus shows that young people aged 12–24 years are one of the worst-affected groups, particularly in terms of the labour market and mental health outcomes. 

What practice is emerging that celebrates community-led and hyper-local approaches in London? What does it mean to build a creative place now? What does successful local join-up and collective action look like? What does the process and outcome of galvanising community assets and local social infrastructure do to improve outcomes for our young people?

The Listening Projects are a mix of virtual conversations–including group conversations and individual interviews–which build on learning and evidence exploring the current context for young Londoners. This Listening Project – focussing on creating cultural communities – is one of five commissioned by A New Direction.  

About the Listening Projects  

A New Direction is a London-based non-profit, generating opportunities for children and young people to unlock their creativity.   

In January 2021, in a rapidly changing context, A New Direction commissioned five partner organisations to work with us in order to listen to the concerns and experience of young Londoners, as well as organisations within the rich ecology that supports young people, creativity and culture in the city. We’ve called this work the Listening Projects, and outcomes will feed into our future planning and activity.    

The Listening Projects will cover five themes:

  • the experience of young Londoners
  • supporting organisations leading practice
  • the earth emergency
  • enabling cultural communities
  • and employment and work.