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May 10, 2010

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» Exhibition of artwork by young people from Butetown Youth Pavilion and Parc Prison

Exhibition of artwork by young people from Butetown Youth Pavilion and Parc Prison

The young people produced the artwork during a Wales Gene Park led project which aimed to engage young people with the social and ethical aspects surrounding genetics and to support Cardiff university staff in taking part in public engagement.

The exhibition will be displayed at BayArt on Bute Street, Cardiff, on Wednesday 19 May, 7-9pm.

Entry is free but RSVP is essential.

Please respond by Monday 17 May to Claudine: Email: andersoncn@cf.ac.uk, Tel. 029 2047 5475

Refreshments will be served.

www.engagingwales.org/the-1000-genome

November 6, 2009

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» GPU at the Children and Young People’s Research Network conference

Kim Madden and I attended the Children and Young People’s Research Network conference at the Cardiff Millennium Centre yesterday. We both enjoyed the conference and the opportunity to show our work.

I presented a poster on the Beacon for Wales funded project evaluating the feasibility and effectiveness of using an online method to engage young people in research. Delegates were interested in the strategies we used to engage young people and enhance group dynamics in online focus group discussions.

Kim presented a poster on the Genetics and Merthyr Youth project looking at the influences on young people’s attitudes to genetics and health. Delegates were impressed with their innovative ways of conducting research on genetics with young people.

June 30, 2009

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» Online discussions with young people

‘Engaging young people: views on online storytelling’ is a pilot project funded by the Beacan for Wales, testing the feasibility of using an online method to collect young people’s views on sharing health related stories in the Internet.

A project web site has been developed, with considerable time and effort, to host online discussions. The discussions became alive last Monday. Thirteen enthusiastic young people aged 16-19 years joined the group. One topic was introduced for discussion each day from Monday to Friday last week. The discussions are still open for participants to contribute this week if they missed a discussion last week or would like to make additional comments.

Juping and Kim who moderated the discussions are very excited about young people’s views and the number of postings received. They are also keen to know what young people think about their experience of participation and their engagement with research. A brief online evaluation questionnaire was sent out this week to get some feedback from participants.

October 24, 2008

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» Engaging minority ethnic people in Research

Engaging people from minority ethnic groups in research can be challenging. In her recently published paper, Juping discussed issues arising while undertaking research with Chinese British families on attitudes towards teenage sexual behaviour (http://tcn.sagepub.com/pap.dtl).

Yu J (2008) Qualitative research on the attitudes toward teenage sexual behaviour of Chinese British families. Journal of Transcultural Nursing doi:10.1177/1043659608325842

Have you faced any issues when conducting research with minority ethnic communities? Do you have any experience to share? More dialogue in this area is welcome and greatly needed.

March 10, 2008

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» Do you live or have contacts in Merthyr Tydfil?

Rachel and her team (Niki, Kim and Maria) are now recruiting young people (aged 16-19) from the Merthyr area to their Wellcome Trust funded project (see Jan 28 and Nov 02 2007 blogs). This exciting piece of work is going to last 12 months and the young people involved will get to choose how they want to explore what inherited illness means to them, their families and their community. Opportunities to use multi-media equipment (including photography, film and music) are available and each participant will get a digital camera plus some payment for their time.

If you live or have contacts in Merthyr we’d be delighted if you would distribute the flyer – the broader the better! No knowledge of genetics or science is needed and the team is keen to involve young people both in and outside of education and training. For those interested there is an informal information day taking place on April 4 (10-3pm) at the Castle Hotel (see flyer). For more information, contact Nicki (ntaverne@glam.ac.uk) or Kim (kmadden@glam.ac.uk). Call 01443-483801 or text 07970-872474 or 07979-962013

January 28, 2008

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» Wellcome Trust Family History Grant

Friday saw the first meeting of the advisory group for the Genetic Literacy and Family History project (funded by the Wellcome Trust. Rachel Iredale from the GPU is leading on the project along with Mark Brake (Science Communication), Steven Harris (Science Shops Wales), Martin O’Neill (Merthyr Media) and Maggie Kirk. The two researchers who’ll be working with young people in the Merthyr area are about to start. They will be working with a group of 16-18 year olds on a number of tasks and creative projects (to be decided by the young people themselves) to explore the views they hold about genetics. This looks like it’s going to be a really exciting project so watch this space over the next two years to read updates on how the work progresses.