Peer Action Collective

The Peer Action Collective (P.A.C) was an exciting research project which engaged, inspired and motivated young people into discussions about society and the communities in which they live, to address topical issues, particularly relating to youth violence and the youth justice system, as well as other issues and challenges important to young people. The research was  presented and championed to find solutions to make the necessary changes within the communities. Twelve peer researchers (aged 16 to 25) and a project coordinator were hired from across Wales, in a joint partnership between Children and Young People, Media Academy Cymru, YMCA Swansea, the Co-op and the Youth Endowment Fund.  This project was part of a wider £5.2 million programme taking place across England and Wales.

A peer researcher is someone who has had similar experiences of something to the people they are ‘researching’- this could be based on the place they live or the services they have used/are using.  Skilled peer researchers are able to build trust with their respondents based on shared experiences. Peer research aims to reveal authentic insights into people’s lives and experiences, which non-peer ‘academic’ researchers would struggle to gain. It is about research being done with people rather than to them. As part of the project, the peer researchers received training to help them become the best type of peer researchers they can be!

Holiday Programmes

YMCA Swansea provides fun activities for young people across Swansea during school holidays. Throughout 2021, we ran a fantastic Summer Activities Programme consisting of music activities and our Y-Youth Theatre Summer School, as well as our Y-Fun Programme during October half term.

Our 2022 Summer Activities Programme saw our Young Carers, Y-HUB and GoodVibes services enjoy various trips and activities, including bowling, cinema trips and graffiti workshops!

Summer Film School

Our YMCA Swansea Summer Film School took place throughout the 2022 summer holidays, giving young people an opportunity to learn about filming and editing from industry professionals, learn new skills and play a part in our Y-Legacy series.

Check out some of the documentaries that were filmed, directed and edited by young people on the project below!