Community Matters is an exciting new programme  currenlty working with  charitable voluntary organisations that are based in Bath and North East Somerset. It is a partnership project between the University of Bath and South West Foundation.


What does the project offer?

The programme is offering the opportunity for  Voluntary Organisations in Bath and North East Somerset to undertake a Community Based Research project of their choice using the Community Based Participatory Research modle(CBPR). Community Based Participatory Research  involves University researchers and members of a specific community working together in the development, implementation, and dissemination of small-scale research that is relevant to the community. CBPR focuses on real-world problems. As such, it is not about interpreting the world rather, changing it.


Five Voluntary and Community Sector organisations in the Bath and North East Somerset area have been selected to take part in this new and exciting programme. Programme participants are.

  • Creativity Works
  • Wansdyke Play Association
  • Tranisition Larkhall
  • Triumph Over Phobia(TOPS)
  • Black Familes Education Support Group.


The Community Matters programme is being delivered in conjunction by the University of Bath’s Public Engagement Unit ( and South West Foundation (, an exempt charity with over a decade’s experience of facilitating and supporting research in local communities. Above are some images of the most recent workshop which took place at the University of Bath.. Organisations are currently collecting their research data and will be presenting their findings and reports at an exciting event in October in Bath.


Helpful media, documents and links

A video to help groups discover and understand Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR)

Other useful documents and links

social geography participatory research.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [236.5 KB]
History of community research.ppt
Microsoft Power Point presentation [2.8 MB]
Everyday ethics in community based parti[...]
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A common Language for CBPR.pdf
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Training Materials

Getting to Grips with the Terminology.pd[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [466.1 KB]
Primary and secondary sources of data ha[...]
Microsoft Word document [42.5 KB]
Stages of research handout 2.doc
Microsoft Word document [48.0 KB]
How to choose your research method basic[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [107.8 KB]
Check List for Community Based Participa[...]
Microsoft Word document [20.6 KB]
Qualitative and quantitative data handou[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [73.8 KB]

Working With Universities

getting_started (002).pdf
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Community Based Participatory Research is delivered by

South West Foundation


Contact Details:

South West Foundation

Manor Farm

Skinners Hill





Tel: 01761471104



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