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Are you a young adult (18-30) from a BAME background?

October 26th, 2020

The Ubele Initiative is looking for 12 BAME adults (18-30 year olds) to participate in a 4 month project to capture and share young BAME adults’ experiences of COVID-19 and associated lockdown responses.

  • Are you a young adult from a Black, Asian and/or Minority Ethnic (BAME) background?

  • Are you aged 18-30?

  • Are you interested in participating in a 4 month project to gather your experiences and those of your peers, to find out How Covid-19 has affected you and your communities?

  • Do you live in one of the 6 regions in England? South West, North West, West Midlands, Midlands East, South East and Greater London

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What is this project about?

If you have concerns around the current pandemic crisis and its impact on your community; enjoy multi-media approaches, sharing stories (yours included) and uploading digital content (video-conferencing, social media, mobile video uploads) or are eager to learn (training will be provided) - then join Ubele on this unique journey.

Given the relative invisibility of young adults aged 18+ in COVID-19 national discussions and policy initiatives, we would like to capture and shed light on young BAME adults’ experiences of COVID-19 and associated lockdown responses. Also, relatively little is known of the impact of COVID-19, ‘social distancing’ and ‘lockdown’ responses on BAME young adults. We are looking for 12 BAME adults who are people-oriented, good communicators, self-motivated and have existing networks in their local areas to take part in this collaborative, potentially policy changing project which aims to highlight what COVID -19 has meant us to our communities.

This collaborative project between The Ubele Initiative and University College London will allow us to better understand the immediate implications of COVID-19 on BAME communities. As an intergenerational organisation, Ubele creates opportunities to surface the views, experiences, and voices of young adults 18+.

Eligibility criteria

  • 18-30 years

  • Living in one of the following regions: South West,

  • North West, West Midlands, Midlands East, South East and Greater London

  • Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities

  • Able to participate in the project (at least 30 hours over 4 months)

  • See yourself as a social activist, change maker or just curious about COVID-19 stories and willing to capture and share your story and those of other young adults with a wider audience

  • Is willing to use film, photography, spoken word and other creative methods to document your experiences

  • Good communication skills

We would like to encourage applications of disabled people, Black people/ People of Colour/ BAME community members, LGBTIQ* and people from different educational and cultural backgrounds.

Your role includes

  • Attending online “focus group” and workshops: approx. 4 sessions of 1.5 hour each

  • Collecting views of young BAME adults & wider community’s responses to COVID-19

  • Use of multi-media (video, audio, “sound bites”, photography) to convey stories

  • Use of Maptionnaire research/digital tool to gather data (videos, pics, sounds, etc.)

  • Contribution to the production of a short film

  • Identifying and on boarding local peers/contributors

  • Take part in online planning/training / feedback sessions

  • Liaison and effective communication with the Ubele Project Manager.

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Key information

  • 4 months commitment: early Nov 2020 to late Feb 2021 (a minimum of 30 hours across period)

  • 100% online working (whilst lockdown restrictions are still in place)

  • Attend online workshops between November and December 2020

  • Training will be provided for research tool (Maptionnaire) and creative methods

  • You will be expected to gather wider views/opinions/stories from a range of young adults in your region and upload them to our online platform

  • 1 to 1 and group support available throughout the project.

What participation in this project offers?

  • A £300 fee for your contribution to the project (4 months duration) and expenses to cover additional costs/materials

  • Skills/Training in research tools & multi-media applications

  • An opportunity to contribute to a new project that seeks to create real social change in England

  • Flexible working hours and workplace

  • 1 to 1 support

  • Great project to generate work experience and for personal growth

For additional information please contact Junior Mtonga (Project Manager)

Navigating space under lockdown project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund

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