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High Streets for All

High street research and co-design of an urban youth room

Location: Notting Hill, London

Client: Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Year: 2020-2023

This project stage focused on evidence-based research, delving into the experiences of local school children and young people on their high street. We aimed to amplify their voices, guiding them to articulate their thoughts and feelings about the area.

notting hill youth engagement
notting hill youth engagement

Working with two student groups – 13 from Fox Primary School (years 5 and 6) and 12 from Holland Park Secondary School (year 8) – our approach was tailored to each, employing various methods. We combined qualitative and quantitative data gathering, using focus groups and surveys. Our findings emerged from open conversations and specific data collection.

The engagement findings sparked ideas for a youth hub, highlighted civic issues affecting young people, and pioneered a process to analyae other child-friendly high streets and town centres. The project has culminated in the production of two short films which give the children and young people clear and strong voices.

notting hill youth engagement
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