SY-NC project seeks eight Community Researchers for Sheffield Area Hubs

Written by Voluntary Action Sheffield

SY-NC (Sheffield Youth – Communities & Neighbourhoods) is an exciting new project looking at how we can reduce exploitation and build our youth service to respond to this. Dr Martin Glynn will be working with the project delivery team training to,

  • assist our Community Researchers
  • support them in identifying what their communities’ needs are
  • explore what research processes and practices are effective in community based participatory research (CBPR).

Dr Glynn will also be supporting our Community Researchers throughout the project which is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in exploring exploitation in their community and making a difference.For more information about SY-NC please see the Overview.  SY-NC Area Hubs are based in the following areas and organisations:

  • Darnall & Tinsley – Darnall Wellbeing & partners
  • Manor & Arbourthorne – Manor & Castle Development Trust
  • Burngreave & Firth Park – Reach Up Youth

Your role as a community researcher
You will help us to shape, guide, and develop this research to ensure the community are involved and the impact as big as possible.  This role would ideally suit anyone who knows the area and,

  • has links to the community
  • is a good listener
  • uses creativity
  • enjoys meeting and talking to people.

The work will be 52 hours spread over the next 18 months and, so we can talk to as many people as possible, will include attending some events and activities during evenings, weekends, and school holidays.
Main activities

  •  You must want to complete training for this post which will be 2-hour sessions online spread over 12 weeks.  This will be paid.
  • Your job will be to attend the above training and any other workshops offered by Dr Martin Glynn around research skills and community engagement and we can offer you training in other areas as and if needed. 
  • As a team of Community Researchers, you will decide how you conduct your research along with the SY-NC teams.  You will work closely with your fellow Community Researchers, the local Area Hub Co-ordinator and Youth Workers and the Core SY-NC Team based at VAS. 

You will:

  • Receive training to develop in research skills
  • Design research methods as part of the project team
  • Be fully supported and get a great experience of working on a community project
  • Attend events and support the organisation with events if needed.

For this role you will have to:

  • Live in one of the above areas and have a close connection to the area
  • Care about the local area and want to make a positive difference
  • Enjoy speaking with people of all ages and be able to put them at ease
  • Be able to work as a part of a team, be reliable and motivated
  • Want to learn new skills and be part of a community project
  • Be willing to work flexibly, including some evening and weekend work

Hours of work

  • Part-time sessional hours, flexible to suit project needs, 2 hours per week over 18 months.
  • Hours will be discussed and agreed in advance of each activity, and you are not obliged to take the hours offered to you.
  • Pay: £15.00 per hour.  You must pay your own tax and NI contributions.
  • This role could fit nicely around other part-time jobs and commitments.

How to apply
Please contact us if you have any questions about this role or the application process, and please send the completed application form to Lois Miller: / 07897 795505. The closing date for applications is Thursday 4th May 2023. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9 May.  

We are an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity

Dr Martin Glynn is a criminologist and Winston Churchill Fellow with over 40 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings.  As a writer Dr Martin Glynn has written for theatre, television, radio drama, children’s writing, and data storytelling, and is the founder of Algorhythm data storytelling lab.  Dr Glynn is currently a lecturer in criminology at Birmingham City University and has recently received a lifetime achievement award from the Multicultural Business and Community Champions (MBCC) awards in Nov 2022 (Birmingham).

Download the application form here.

Read more about the SYNC project here.