We know we can’t work alone and there are  like-minded organisations out there who want to make a difference to people’s lives and communities. We know we all have a part to play whether you’re a public, private or voluntary organisation.

Join us in being part of the change.

Peer Researcher and Social Action Lead Roles

We are looking for 9 Peer Researchers and 3 Social Action Leads. We’re recruiting people who are motivated to make change and have unique perspectives on youth violence informed by their own lived experience. You don’t need any qualifications or previous experience, just an open mind, a willingness to learn and a passion for the topic.

We require 3 Peer Researchers and 1 Social Action Lead in each of our key areas:

Blackburn and surrounding areas                 Preston and surrounding areas                 Burnley/Pendle and surrounding areas

Pay: £10 per hour (Peer Researchers x9) – £10 per hour (Social Action Leads x3)
Hours: 7 hours per week
Contract: 22 months fixed term (November 2023 – August 2025)

The Peer Action Collective (PAC) is a network of young people across England and Wales, working hard to make their communities safer, fairer places. We are the North West Delivery Partner in Lancashire in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Healthy Living and Child Action North West, working with young people to conduct further research and social action on education, a topic which PAC has identified as crucial to making their communities better places.

Peer Researchers: If you are interested in the role of a Peer Researcher, you will be trained and employed to talk to other young people about experiences with school and youth violence. You will develop research questions, choose a way of engaging with young people and use the conversations you have to create recommendations for change. You will also have the option to be supported to gain a Level 2 NCFE qualification in Peer Research.

Social Action Leads: If you are interested in the role of a Social Action Lead, you will be supported to co-ordinate a team of young people in your local area to create and sustain social action aimed at improving your local community and preventing youth violence.
The social action you choose will be informed by evidence generated with the Peer Researchers working as part of your team. Social action can include campaigning with policy makers, changing or creating something in your local area, engaging with local authorities and more.

Guidance Notes Online Application Form