In this section
Current and archived projects undertaken in the community.
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 YOS
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 YOS and the presence and awareness of unconscious bias among staff and service users.
An analysis of the data and feedback from all five elements of the work to be conducted and a written report of the findings produced at the end of December 2019.
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.
Goldsmiths will work with the borough to develop new training for social workers to enable them to deploy creative approaches in their work and to ensure that the legacy for this programme is embedded within social care delivery.
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. The new research this will yield will reveal potential pathways to change which can be used by others elsewhere.
This will also involve an evaluation of how children’s services have implemented the findings of Professor Bernard’s earlier research.
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. The evaluation began in April 2017 and Roger has been working with the three partners to produce a monitoring questionnaire, analyse data collated by CAB and conduct interviews. Roger has produced yearly evaluation reports with a final year report due in 2020.
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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
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.
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.
The results will allow Youth First to assess whether current provision is meeting needs and to develop future models and plans. The written report of the survey data outlined the identified needs and develop clear recommendations for models of provision going forward.
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 project is looking to inform policy makers which policies have a potential to increase community and individual well-being and in what context. The project is run collaboratively with Goldsmiths Well-Being stream within the Body, Mind and Society Research Theme.
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.
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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.
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.