|Title:||Common Health Assets: How do Community-Led Organisations impact Health and Wellbeing of People in Disadvantaged Areas?|
|Project Description:||First and foremost, the CommonHealth Assets project seeks to evidence the ways in which community organisations utilise their assets to impact upon the health and wellbeing of their communities. Assets based approaches are about ‘doing with’ (rather than ‘doing to’) and working with communities to build on their strengths and mobilise the knowledge and skills of local people. These approaches are designed to bring people in communities together to achieve positive change, focusing and mobilising their own knowledge, skills and experience, rather than viewing communities as having ‘deficits’ that need ‘fixed’.
We want to understand how different community organisations support their own unique communities, especially at a time when people are facing challenges such as expensive housing, inflation, and the energy crisis. We will publish our findings and report to our funders, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), and to the rest of our stakeholders, to show them what role community organisations currently play and could play in improving public health and addressing health inequalities.
|Methodology description:||Our researchers are working with 15 community led organisations across the UK, spending hundreds of hours, getting to know their staff, members, how they work, the challenges they face and how they impact on their communities. To make sure we capture as much of the picture as we can, we use a range of techniques, brought together under a realist approach to evaluation. Realist evaluation means developing working theories and collecting evidence of what works, for whom, in what circumstances. As part of the project, Jo McGreal is focussing on this for her PhD study.|
|Start date:||1st January 2023|
|End date:||31st December 2024|
|Contact person:||Professor Mike Kelly|
|Contact Details:||Primary Care Unit
East Forvie Building
Forvie Site, Robinson Way
|Collaborative:||Collaboration is crucial to the entire project. We are working with and in community-led organisations (CLOs). We define CLOs as place-based community-owned and governed organisations usually found in the ‘third’ or voluntary sectors, in areas that are often called deprived or disadvantaged, because of poverty, poor physical and social environments and lower health outcomes. CLOs are vital to communities, and regularly offer a wide range of activities, such as walking or cooking groups, language classes, and community gardens or cafes. Many of them connect with social prescribing systems and community link workers. As part of the project, Jill Mulholland is focussing on this for her PhD study.
We work with a wide range of other stakeholders and investigators from a range of disciplines in our research. One of the most important aspects of this co-creation approach is our Lived Experience Panel, which led by team members based at Glasgow Centre for Population Health. This panel, made up from community members of our CLOs, provides a vital link between the development of our work and the experiences of people in our CLOs’ communities across the UK.
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