Exploring the benefit of Community Engagement Forums with Older People
In collaboration with the Older People’s Engagement Network, I’m currently working on a project investigating the benefit of community engagement forums for older people across Stoke-on-Trent. Here is a photo of me and the data collection team (Emma Vosper, Bryony Nicholas, Richard Seymour and Chloe Waterman). We collected data at two community engagement forums in May 2017 through the world cafe method.
Intergenerational Practice and Social Change
Supported by Keele University, the Beth Johnson Foundation and Stoke-on-Trent Public Health, my PhD research (supervised by Prof Michael Murray and Dr Alex Lamont) sought to critically examine the nature of intergenerational practice (IP). Much research in this area had been overly descriptive and heavily reliant on the concept of contact with few other theoretical frameworks being explored. Through a study of IP texts and toolkits, IP facilitators working with communities and the development of an IP project, I highlighted a number of contradictions and issues with IP. This work demonstrated both the value and limits of IP as a means of effecting positive social change.
How young adults manage their mental wellbeing
In 2011, in collaboration with Changes Young People, I led a participatory action research project to investigate recovery and positive mental wellbeing. Young people took photographs of those aspects of their day-to-day that supported their mental wellbeing. The photos were displayed in an exhibit at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery attended by over one hundred health professionals and other stakeholders.