Come along to find out about Community Matters: a pioneering programme which fosters and funds research collaborations between University academics and local community groups to investigate and tackle local challenges.
You will have the opportunity to talk to project representatives, hear engaging presentations, and learn more about the benefits (and challenges!) of universities and communities researching together. It’s free -just email the organisers at the address above for your booking form.
Community Matters has been developed by the University of Bath’s Public Engagement Unit and the South West Foundation. Over the past year, five community organisations from the local region have received training and support to enable them to take part in the research process. Working with University of Bath researchers, they have passed on their knowledge and expertise and helped to develop innovative projects.
Community Matters projects featured:
The Black Families Education Support Group has explored the contribution Black and Minority Ethnic young people have made to the local community through their Supplementary School Programme;
Creativity Works has explored the impacts of creative interventions on running peer-led mental health projects;
Transition Larkhall has investigated why local parents drive their children to school in the Larkhall area;
Triumph Over Phobia has explored why individuals with anxiety take so long to seek help for their anxiety problems; and
Wansdyke Play Association has investigated the impact of their outreach play services in a deprived area of Somer Valley.
We hope to see you there! Refreshments will be provided.