Photovoice: Community Building among Young People who are Unemployed

What is Photovoice? Photovoice is an innovative qualitative research technique which uses photos to discuss issues within a community. Community members, who are experts within their locality, are helped to research and critically evaluate strengths and weaknesses within their local environment. Discussion of identified issues and the development of avenues for action foster an empowering environment benefitting participants, community and parties with a vested interest and responsibility in the community. This project is focussed on developing a deeper understanding of what it means to be a young unemployed person living in Community 2168

What happens in a Photovoice project? The Photovoice project consists of a series of sessions where the following is addressed: understanding of the method and aims of Photovoice; introduction to techniques and skills of photography; discussion and analysis of key themes and issues; and awareness-raising of Photovoice results among community members, service providers and policy-makers concluding the project.

Who should participate? Young people aged 17-24 who are currently unemployed. No experience in photography or photography equipment is necessary.

When and where? Dates for the project are yet to be finalised. It is anticipated that the first session shall be held in early August at The HUB Community Health Centre, 16 Woodward Crescent Miller

Who are the project co-ordinators? The Miller Photovoice project is co-ordinated by Rebecca Ainsworth, a 3rd year medical student currently studying at the University of NSW, and Dr Vanessa Rose

Author: Community STaR

Community STaR is the Service for Training and Research. We are a community-based training and outreach activity of the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE), part of UNSW Australia and South Western Sydney Local Health District.

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