Harry recently attended De Montfort University to work on a new research project in his role as an Associate Research Assistant in the Centre for Social Action. During his day in Leicester, there were presentations from a new De Montfort initiative ‘The Square Mile’. This programme aims to re-generate an area of Leicester with the use of both University expertise, and valued community involvement.
The square mile scheme will look at what activities should be set in place for young people, how best to get the community feeling like they have a sense of ownership over where they live, and what steps should be taken to better integrate the community authorities and the local residents.
As well as this new initiative Harry is seeking to undertake more projects with the University in the near future. One will involve contributing a chapter about the role of young people in research, in a book being edited by Centre for Social Action staff. In the issue of child care, Harry will be completing an evaluation of a social work education programme co-ordinated by the Childcare Workforce Development Council.
Harry commented “There has always been an argument that universities are dis-engaged with their communities. That the work of academics in the university is removed from the needs of the local people. What De Montfort is proving, and what it has consistently displayed over the past few years, is a passion for community involvement and social entrepeunership. It is a University leader in taking social action and carrying out research for the direct benefit of others”