The South West Foundation believes that investing in local people in local communties is the way to bring about lasting positive change both to communties and to the individuals who live and work in those communties.
Over the last 4 years the Foundation has delivered our training programme to over 400 people across the South West, many living in communities that are faced with some of the greatest challenges.
Through the Community Researcher courses, hundreds of people have realised their own skills, knowledge and understanding of how, by engaging and leading, they can bring about improvements to their communties.
The Foundation has had the chance to revisit those communties and hear about the changes that have been achieved by the community researchers. The training has been delivered in a vareity of settings and with a variety individuals, enabling them to see how they can each make a marked contribution, engage and facilitate community action.
This website is a place where people's stories can be shared, where people can learn about the amazing things that are being achieved by people in communties and a place where you can find out how to bring this to your area!
The Foundation is now providing the Community Researcher training programme under the asupices of our Centre for Community Research. This allows us to provide a space that specialises in the Community Researcher approach, raise the awareness of the way in which this programme can assist communties and to provide a place where people who are active in their community to network with others - all to bring about positive change.