What do community researchers (CRs) do, and how do they impact change? Community researchers are aged 18+ and come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds from urban locales across England. CRs work within traditionally underrepresented communities to highlight the issues they face. They understand the hidden nuances that underpin the wider issues.
CRs have a unique position within the urban locale to engage with individuals who are distrustful of the social sector and traditional research. You conduct research to bridge the gap between the community and large institutions in the social sector to better direct the resources being invested in the locale. You use your lived experience and urban intelligentsia to interpret data in a nuanced and unique fashion.
The social sector is full of large institutions that want to understand the problems these communities face, but they have lost the trust required to create a fruitful and mutually beneficial working relationship with these communities. CRs are from within these very same communities with the drive and desire to make an impactful change and a wealth of lived experience to inform every aspect of the work you’ll do.
You understand the issues because you have faced them personally, you understand how to communicate effectively in these spaces and bridge the gap between communities and established institutions. Community Researchers are people who want to make a positive impact on your community. You want to change the way your community is perceived and involve them in finding solutions to the hardship they face.
The world has undergone substantial economic and social change over the pandemic. It’s time to make this change in the place we live.
Community Researchers will be provided with a wealth of avenues to develop and build your skills through the work being done and specific training will be provided. Plus, we also provide incubation support for young entrepreneurs to help you grow and operate your own businesses.