Current and recent projects in our community.
Since 2014 CCER has been collaborating with Pepys Community Forum in Deptford (south-east London) in supporting local residents and community organisations to develop a voice concerning a major riverside housing and commercial development in their locality at Convoys Wharf.
Using an ethnographic approach to the research, we are adapting and using a variety of methods appropriate to accumulating local knowledge and understanding the context. Methods have included street surveys; participant observation; community sounding board events; discussions at community ‘bumping spaces’; group discussions at community hubs/centres; house/flat interviews; and community mapping. The project has been supported by Awards for All Funding and Goldsmiths Enterprise funding
Social mapping of LGBT+ spaces in Deptford
Researcher Emma Mullin met with 20 participants and worked with them on large maps of the Deptford area. Participants were asked to pin point and annotate the areas in which they felt safe/unsafe. Over the course of the project, conversations became about more than just safe spaces but about personal experiences as an LGBT+ person in general. For working annotated google map where information has been collected and stored, and for the final report click here.
Amplifying youth voice
Dr Kalbir Shukra and Dr. Sireita Mullings are working with Shane Carey and Youngeun Koo of Reprezent, on a London Creative and Digital Fusion Creative Voucher Scheme project.
The creative voucher awards support creative and cultural companies to develop collaborative research projects with an academic partner around one of Creativeworks London's research themes. In this round, the theme was 'demonstrating value'.
Reprezent is a South London-based social enterprise that uses radio as a creative engagement tool to support and upskill local young people so they can have a public voice. The project runs Reprezent 107.3FM, a youth-led radio station broadcasting full-time across the capital. All programming and content is developed by a wide range of young people who have completed training with Reprezent.
As part of this collaboration, Reprezent will pilot a radio campaign with young people deciding and creating the content as well as delivering the show. Goldsmiths will closely follow the development of the campaign and work with Reprezent to understand the outcomes of the campaign, taking account of the particular model of youth ownership of the campaign and the organisation's values and value creation.
Pollards Hill Community Youth Survey (2016)
Commissioned by Pollards Hill Community Committee, MOAT Housing Association and the Commonside Development Trust on the Pollard Hill Estate in the London Borough of Merton. A Youth Survey was undertaken to understand young people’s views and opinions on youth service provision and activities in the Pollards Hill area; the funding changes affecting the future of the Youth Centre; to explore and establish young people’s interest in planning, design and governance of youth services in Pollards Hill; and to establish a youth forum as a key element of the planned regeneration of the estate.
Using a community-engagement approach the project captured qualitative data and information whilst utilising quantitative data such as census statistics to contextualise young people’s experiences, views and ideas.
Key priorities included: keeping the youth centre open; concerns about gangs and gang related issues; policing and young people; young people produced ideas for how they might have more of a voice on what happens on the estate and how they could be more involved; the majority of young people contacted attended the youth centre; the youth centre was seen as the key to improving the estate.
An Evaluation of Lewisham Young Mayor’s Programme
Dr. Shukra is evaluating the longest running Young Mayor Programme - now running 10 years in London Borough of Lewisham. The evaluation so far has considered which young people engage with local democracy in Lewisham, why young people choose to participate in the programme, the methods by which they are involved and the extent to which their involvement in the programme makes a difference. Primary data has been being gathered in the form of semi structured interviews, ethnographic observations, election candidate’s updates and evaluations and a pilot survey of voters. Multi-faceted practitioner engagement in the election campaigns of 2012 and 2013 contributed to the wider study.
In 2013, a pilot survey was also conducted in 5 secondary schools to explore some of the questions that have arisen about the basis on which young people make their voting decisions. Adults politicians, senior council executives, local, national and European officers and stakeholders were also interviewed.
A South London Clinical Commissioning Group (2015)
CCER undertook a qualitative study exploring reasons why there were high levels of non-compliance of medication for individuals with long term medical conditions (LTC) amongst Black and Minority Ethnic Communities (BAME). These communities were also experiencing a general dissatisfaction with the services they received.
A co-production methodology was used whereby contact was made with local BAME community organisations. Through meetings with these organisations and their participants or service users, informal group discussions with members of these communities were conducted.
Interview questions were formulated from these discussions enabling authenticity when the qualitative open-ended individual interviews and informal group discussions were held. These asked participants about their experiences of the treatment and services they received for their LTC and what, if any, improvements they would like to see to the support they received.
This study supported the development of new equality practice and training guidelines for the CCG and its constituent health/medical staff when working with individuals from BAME communities.
Older People: Social Isolation and loneliness (2015)
Commissioned by the City of London the research examined the factors that contributed to the social isolation and loneliness of older residents living in the City of London and to provide possible initiatives to reduce social isolation and loneliness. The research project was part of the City of London/Goldsmiths University Knowledge Transfer Programme (KTP) - a three year research and learning partnership between the City of London Department of Community and Children’s Services – People Directorate, and Goldsmiths’ Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.
This study used a community focused qualitative ethnographic approach to gain older residents’ views and experiences of social isolation and loneliness. The fieldwork was undertaken between March and early October 2015.
Key findings included: Different experiences and definitions of being socially isolated and/or lonely, or both, were voiced by residents; Beneficial effects of older people attending a community group or related activity; Not all group activities and structures were suitable for all residents; Accessing and joining a community group was problematic for some residents; Befriending and ‘good neighbour’ schemes were positively received by residents; Residents often required ongoing volunteer support with their daily lives including ‘social company’; Evidence of good neighbourliness impacting on individual’s sense of loneliness and social isolation; Resident’s age, the physical layout of estates and housing tenure impacted on knowing ones neighbours; Lack of knowledge amongst some residents as to who their neighbours were; LGBT community felt socially isolated; Some residents did not feel lonely or socially isolated; Residents had various ‘coping mechanisms’ and ‘alternative social lifestyles’ or strategies to avoid feelings of loneliness and social isolation.