Community Participatory Research and Action is a project of South West Foundation. The Foundation has been supporting small groups and individuals in communities since 2007 to undertake their own research into communities
Alongside this, for the last four years, we have also run a series of successful training programmes, aimed at helping individuals in their communities to use their own skills and resources to identifty community needs and bring about postive changes in those Communities.All of our trainers have strong backgrounds and experience in community research and community development.
Among the areas that courses have been delivered in are North Somerset x3, Weston Super Marex5, Exeter, Cornwall, Gloucester, Wiltshire x3, Torbay x4, Devon x2, Somerset and Bristol. The course has been delivered to groups of residents, service users, survivors of Domestic Abuse, people recoverying from mental health issues and carers. Most of the areas that we work in are viewed as areas that have great challenges.
The South West Foundation is an independent charitable organisation that helps small community groups and those who support them. Since it started in 2002 it has invested £5 million in more than one thousand organisations, through providing grants on behalf of other funders, research, networking, supporting and promoting community development and developing training - including the Community Researcher training.
Jan Crawley, the Foundation's Chief Executive, says:
“The tiny groups we work with reported that they were having trouble presenting issues in their communties and didn't have the concrete evidence to back up their findings. They were also unsure who they should be tackling and often found themselves banging their heads against a brick wall."
Our training program aims to upskill members of the community with the necessary knowledge and confidence to present valid empirical evidence to decision makers, in order to create change.
Centre for Community Research and Action,
c/o South West Foundation,
Tel: 01761 471 104
You are also welcome to visit us in our office at the address above to discuss any of the programmes on this website. Please give us a ring to make an appointment, we would be pleased to see you.
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Community Based Participatory Research is delivered by
South West Foundation
South West Foundation