Following national recognition of Aspire & Succeed’s live response to the riots in Birmingham during August 2011, which contributed to no related recorded incidents in Lozells, we attracted a lot of interest. The experience of our local area in 2011 was different to that of past periodic tensions of unrest in 2005 and beyond in the 1980s.

The ‘Reclaim our streets’ programme commissioned us to undertake a research project led by young people to understand the events of the riots across the city in 2011 as felt by them.

The research team carried out peer-to-peer interviews and surveys with other young people along with gathering data from statutory agencies such as the Police, Courts and Probation service. The result of the project wasn’t an academic report but the finding were presented in an engaging special edition community newsletter distributed widely.