Since the outbreak of the Covid19-pandemic, our lives and the way we perceive social interactions have changed drastically. Youth organisations have had to reinvent themselves, find new ways of working and interacting to ensure that those in the most vulnerable situations would still be supported. These adaptations call for innovative and creative practices. That is why with the VOICE project, we want to engage youth organisations, formal education institutions as well as creative actors to work together towards professional youth work in Europe.
The VOICE focuses on using the innovative and creative approach of Photovoice to empower youth workers, future youth workers and young people around Europe. It builds on our successful implemented project YourEP and its follow up Europe3E, which we want to adapt to the international youth work context.
Photovoice is a participatory research method combining a creative and accessible tool, photography, with a ready-to-use step-by-step process backed by robust theory.
Originally born in social sciences, the Photovoice method has since then spread to different areas thanks to its many benefits. This tool especially helps social workers involving local communities in exploring issues they experience in their daily life and raising their voice about them.
Photovoice is indeed an extremely powerful tool in youth & social work. Through the use of photography, it helps empowering participants regardless of their skills or expertise in:
- Recording and reflecting upon their community’s strengths and concerns;
- Promoting critical dialogue and knowledge about social issues;
- Advocating for their rights by better reaching policy makers through attractive, visual material.