13th December 1999

 

YOUNG PEOPLE’S NEEDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

 

A research project into the needs of young people in Immingham has been funded to the tune of almost £6,000.

 

The Department of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside, which received the money through the government’s Single Regeneration Budget, will pass on the findings of its survey to local decision-makers.

 

Up to 400 youngsters will be questioned on how they would improve their town for the new millennium in a project commissioned by local organisations with an interest in improving young people’s aspirations.

 

Researcher John Reagan is leading the project which is being overseen by head of Social Work Don Blackburn. The department is based in Hull and the research will also involve ULH students.

 

“The department has a serious interest in projects which assist young people and this project fits in well with our other work, including the new Child and Youth Studies degree programme,” said Mr Blackburn.

 

Questionnaires will be issued to young people and adults between 10 and 25 years of age with focus groups involving the 16 to 25-year-olds to examine the town’s issues as they see them.

 

“We did a similar survey in Hull and found that the young people are very passionate about what they would like to see improved. They take a real interest in their own education,” said Mr Blackburn.

 

The information gathered by John Reagan’s team will be passed on and will be used by local agencies as the basis for National Lottery grant applications and other bids for funding.

 

“We are becoming regarded as a resource for other organisations in the region,” added Mr Blackburn.

 

It is predicted that the biggest single issue in Immingham is likely to be free or reduced cost access to leisure facilities for young people to use in their leisure time.

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Sam Hendley, Press Officer. Tel: 01522 886042