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Community Voices in Research

The Community Voices in Research programme, funded by NHS England and developed in partnership with NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board, aims to tackle the under-representation in research among diverse groups and communities in Suffolk and North East Essex, by increasing awareness and motivation to participate in research.

Together with Suffolk Community Foundation and Essex Community Foundation, we are funding community-led organisations to understand what research means and what areas of research are a priority to them, the barriers they face, and how these barriers could be overcome.

The National Institute of Health Research is providing training to the organisations to become community research champions, to enable them to hold conversations to understand the issues and encourage people to consider participating in research, and to eventually become part of a network of diverse research champions in Suffolk and North East Essex. In addition, Health Innovation East is mapping local research that may be of interest to our communities.

The learning from these conversations, from the champions and from our partners in this programme will be evaluated by Healthwatch Essex and Healthwatch Suffolk.

Based on our learning from this programme we will develop a set of best practice principles in inclusion for local statutory and VCFSE organisations designing research or applying for funding. We will also showcase our learning and our principles at an online event for our health and care system in summer 2024.

OrganisationDetails of service
African Families in the UKMen from ethnic minority groups in North East Essex.
Anglia Care TrustRefugees and other vulnerable groups needing housing and crisis support in Suffolk.
Anglo Chinese Cultural Exchange (ACCE) SuffolkChinese community in Suffolk.
Art Branches CICCarers and adults in drug and alcohol recovery including ex-offenders in Suffolk.
Autism & ADHDAdults with autism and/or ADHD in Suffolk and North East Essex.
Bangladeshi Women’s Association EssexWomen from minority ethnic groups including the Bangladeshi community in North East Essex.
Cohere Arts CICAdults with a range of conditions including visual impairment, long term health conditions and older adults in Suffolk.
Colchester Chinese Culture SocietyChinese community in North East Essex.
Communities Together East AngliaAdults aged 55+ and over in Suffolk experiencing crisis.
Community360Local residents of Colchester who experiencing socio-economic challenges.
EPIC Dad CICMen facing socio-economic challenges in Suffolk.
Future Female SocietyWomen from minority ethnic groups in Ipswich.
Great Barton Freedom ChurchLocal community in West Suffolk experiencing isolation.
Home-Start in SuffolkFamilies in Suffolk who have little access to health and care services through choice or other reasons.
PHOEBEWomen from minority ethnic groups in Ipswich experiencing poverty, poor mental health, isolation, low self-esteem, financial difficulties, and domestic abuse.
Success After StrokeStroke survivors and their carers in Suffolk and North East Essex.
Suffolk MindPeople in Suffolk experiencing mental health challenges.
Suffolk Refugee SupportRefugees and asylum seekers in Suffolk.

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Last Updated on 10 January 2024

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