Here are some highlights from the conversations that we had.
We explored how young people define ‘community’ and how they interact with the city, both pre- and post-Covid.
“I SEE COMMUNITY AS A GROUP OF PEOPLE – NO MATTER WHAT BOROUGH YOU ARE IN – ALL WORKING TOGETHER TO DO THE SAME THING. LONDON IS STILL LONDON AND WE SHOULD WANT TO CREATE CHANGE FOR EVERY BOROUGH NOT JUST INDIVIDUAL BOROUGHS.”
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REPRESENTS HUMAN CONNECTION. A THEME COMING OUT OF THE CONVERSATIONS WITH LEAP GRADUATES
We learnt that prior to Covid-19, young people would travel to neighbouring boroughs and across the city for both work and leisure. However, there are instances where the stigma associated with certain boroughs would make young people reconsider travelling to that area, due to fear for their own safety.
“BECAUSE OF WHAT I’VE HEARD ABOUT IT, I AVOID NEWHAM LIKE MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT. I WILL TAKE A BUS OR A CAB IF I NEED TO TRAVEL THROUGH NEWHAM, AS LONG AS I DON’T HAVE TO WALK IN THE AREA.”
We discussed to what extent young people feel connected to their community. Interestingly, there was a split between young people wanting to stay in their home boroughs, those who would like to move to more affluent areas in the city, and others who do not see themselves living in London in the future.
“I FEEL LIKE I’M CONNECTED WITH MY COMMUNITY TO SOME EXTENT. I HELP THE ELDERLY, AND THEY ALL KNOW ME BECAUSE I’M CARRYING BOXES TO THEIR DOORS AND ALWAYS TRYING TO HELP OLDER PEOPLE WITH THEIR SHOPPING. BUT I FEEL THAT THERE IS A LOT MORE THAT I CAN DO FOR MY COMMUNITY.”
ILLUSTRATION AND ANIMATION CREDIT: ELEANOR NGAI