‘Help us to move on’ addresses the problems facing young people in Hampshire and makes recommendations for practical policy solutions.
It was commissioned by the Blagrave Trust and carried out by the Southern Policy Centre team, working with a group of local young people as peer researchers with direct and recent experience of the issues their contemporaries face.
The research team went to homeless hostels, mentoring centres, care leavers’ groups, colleges, housing estates and community centres across Hampshire, from Southampton to Aldershot, interviewing young people. The two interview questions were, very simply: What problems have you already faced? What problems do you expect to face as you try to get to where you want to be in the next five years?
It emerged almost instantly that there were two themes that young people felt overwhelmingly strongly about: education, training and employment (ETE); and housing. Hear them in their own words here.