Examples Of Our Work

  • Currently working with the community close to Grenfell Tower using Participatory Action Research techniques to empower local residents and increase community cohesion and resilience.
  • A Participatory Action Research (PAR) project to gather their experiences of, and priorities in re-shaping, maternity services in North Central London as part of the Better Births patient and public involvement plan in North Central London working in partnership with http://www.shortwork.org.uk in 2018/19.

  • Family Matters (Newcastle) staff training in PAR to combat deprivation in the local neighbourhood in 2018.
  • Training students in PAR with York University Student’s Union (YUSU) as part of a project to support students from working class backgrounds in 2018/19. (Forum Magazine Article page 24/25)
  • Worked with the Joseph Rowntree Foundation to train residents in PAR in 4 neighbourhoods as part of their Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness Programme.
  • Assisting Joseph Rowntree Foundation to consult local communities on ‘making ends meet’ to feed into a local anti-poverty strategy in York in 2014/15.
  • Training local residents in Tower Hamlets in Participatory Action Research to improve services for local people.
  • Training young people to carry out a participatory evaluation of a Youth Café in Bingley in 2014/15.
  • Community participation projects using PAR techniques to create and implement neighbourhood action plans in 4 neighbourhood areas in South Tyneside.
  • Trained local residents in Woodlands (near Doncaster), Selby and Chatham Big Local areas using community research techniques to create a vision and local action plans.
  • Facilitation and community participation for the Regional Development Agency (Yorkshire Forward) Renaissance Initiative including PLA training in Skipton involving the Town Team and Youth Council/Connexions and planning and design ‘Place check’ consultations involving young people and the Town Team in Selby.
  • Developing local strategies to promote community cohesion and combat anti-social behaviour as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government ‘Connecting Communities’ programme.
  • Patient consultation for Harrow Link to improve health services locally.
  • Participatory research and video in partnership with Kent University and the St Giles Trust with young ex-offenders in South London exploring issues for young people and ways out of gang culture.
  • Development and delivery of introductory and more advanced PLA training courses at Huddersfield and Northumbria University.
  • Participatory Video training.

Lecture in Community Based Participatory Research at Leeds Beckett University and Northumbria University.