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The sub-group of Community: Governance and Participation comprises a wide range of projects which look at different aspects of social inclusion and social exclusion in the context of 'community'.
A variety of social groups are looked at including young people, adults with mental illness, the unemployed, offenders, poor white communities, and victims of political conflict. Projects relate to different aspects of 'community' including employment and participation, criminal justice and social inclusion, political conflict and community building, young people within the community.
The study comprised five main strands:
This qualitative evaluation formed part of a wider national evaluation of the CMPs commissioned by the Department of Health. The aim of the qualitative evaluation was to explore perceptions of the operation of the programmes, their impact on participants' wellbeing, management of their condition and capacity to work, and their impact on the local health and social care economy. To achieve this, focus group discussions were held in each of the seven pilot sites with three groups of participants: former customers; practitioners providing the CMPs; and other stakeholders from health, social care and Jobcentre Plus. People who wished to take part but could not attend a focus group were offered a face to face or telephone interview.
In collaboration with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches were used to address the research aims and objectives. The main aim of the research was to identify the processes which appeared to influence the effectiveness of employment advisers based in primary care. The target client group was people who were in jobs but experiencing difficulty, recently signed off sick, or out of work due to mental health problems.
The specific objectives were to understand and identify:
This evaluation of the pilot was designed in partnership by Remploy and Anglia Ruskin University in consultation with the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. The aims were:
Funded by the ESF and the UK Legacy Trust, the project provides training for socially excluded groups to help support people into employment or volunteering. The project is inspired by Olympics 2012 and participants engage in a range of sports/arts/theatre training opportunities as warm-up sessions, bronze or silver sessions, and can also take advantage of mentoring support. The evaluation examines the impact of these activities for participants, and how the consortium of voluntary bodies work together, and with what results. Focus groups, questionnaires and interviews are the main research instruments with an annual report produced each year for the project managers and the Co-Financing Organisation, EEDA. The first report was published in April 2010.
The Emilia Project is an EU Research Framework 6 Integrated Project, focused on social inclusion in mental health (2005-2010). The project included eight demonstration sites and four supporting sites across Europe, and was conducted as an action research aimed at enhancing social inclusion of more than 200 people with severe mental illness through education, employment and social networking.
My roles in the project have included qualitative research and mainstreaming ethnicity and gender.