The £11 million National Lottery Community Fund programme has involved recruiting 11,000 young people in Blackpool in what is being called a revolutionary approach to building resilience.
The programme runs to 2021, and, if successful, could become a blueprint for other towns and cities looking for innovative place based approaches to building resilience.
Young people are at the heart of the programme and are involved at every level including strategic development, training, commissioning, promotion, provision of support, and researching. You can listen to young people’s experiences in the Revolution Researchers’ team on YouTube.
The programme is based on research and practice development by colleagues at the University of Brighton’s Centre of Resilience for Social Justice (CRSJ) and Boingboing, a social enterprise working closely with the Centre.
Their work has already brought practical, sustainable solutions to health and well-being challenges throughout Europe, South East Asia, Australia and Africa.