CCER Projects

Current and archived projects undertaken in the community.

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Current Projects

Evaluation of TCES Group Socio-Educational & Therapeutic Milieu Model

This project, conducted and delivered by Dr David Woodger and Dr Caroline Frizell from the Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies is an investigation into the efficacy of the TCES Group Socio-Educational and Therapeutic Milieu model of working with children and young people with co-morbid social, emotional and mental health needs and/or autistic spectrum conditions using focus groups and semi-structured interviews.

Multi-modal model evaluation of Lewisham Youth Offending Service

Alice Bartoli, Psychology, and Naomi Thompson, STaCS, are currently evaluating the public health model of violence and offending reduction in Lewisham. This will include focus on the importance and impact of trauma-informed practice, the unique model of restorative justice practised in Lewisham Youth Offending Service and the presence and awareness of unconscious bias among staff and service users.

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham - New Town Culture

The three-year ‘New Town Culture’ programme, supported by the Mayor of London and the Serpentine Galleries, was launched in February 2019 at a special event at Barking Town Hall. The programme will take culture into care settings across the borough and will enable residents to tell their stories and exhibit work with some of London’s leading cultural institutions. Bringing together social workers and artists, the initiative aims to embed cultural activity within core social care practice.

Understanding and Facilitating Policy Change and Practice Implications for Child Protection Social Work with Affluent Backgrounds

This project will take earlier research forward by engaging policy makers and safeguarding leads in children services in dialogue about the implications for home and school environments. This will be specifically focused on understanding what policy spaces exist and/or can be opened up, and what processes are involved.

Hands reaching across to eachother, by Youssef Naddam

Evaluation of Broxbourne Better Futures

Dr Roger Green is undertaking a participatory evaluation of this Big Lottery Reaching Communities funded project between Hertfordshire Mind Network, Broxbourne Citizen Advice Bureau and CHEXS that aims to improve mental health within the family home, reduce poverty across family generations and improve employment and training opportunities.


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.

New Cross Gate Trust – ESOL & Employment Service Evaluation

Dr Roger Green is undertaking a coproduction evaluation of the New Cross Gate Trust’s Big Lottery funded ESOL & Employment Service. The project shared knowledge and further built the evaluation skills of the participants and organisations involved in the programme. All participants, throughout the process, were given a voice in the evaluation, its focus, design, and outcomes. Additionally, participants were given the opportunity with support and training to undertake evaluative date/information collection themselves.

Archive Projects

Youth First – Stakeholder Survey

Naomi Thompson & David Woodger created the stakeholder survey to assess the need for youth provision in the area, as defined by young people and other key stakeholders. The survey assessed what key issues and needs young people and stakeholders perceive as being faced by young people in the borough, identified what current services and provision they are aware of and/or access, assessed what gaps in provision they perceive there to be and identified what future provision they think is needed.

Well Being in Urban Communities: A Multilevel Analysis of Local London Boroughs’ Policies and Well Being

This project is a follow up study, stemming from the Lewisham well-being survey which explored the interplay between individual well-being, community well-being, psychological factors (e.g. resilience) and social factors (e.g. discrimination) within a multicultural, diverse London community. The aim of the multilevel analysis is to expand on these relationships and to lead to a better understandings of the paths of impact that policies have on community and individual well-being.

The City of London Corporation - Stronger Communities

Dr Roger Green received Stronger Communities funding from the City of London Corporation towards a social action research project looking at social cohesion amongst isolated communities in the City of London and its housing estates.

Image by Emily Wang

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 pinpoint 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. A working annotated map and final report can be found 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.