Update: The roadshow about this research is now underway! Below are the dates, times and venues so far. Women in the communities of Cheetham Hill are very welcome to come along and join in - please be on time! 14th June 09.00 - 10.30 Temple Primary School, Smedley Lane, Manchester M8 8SA 22nd June 10.00 - 12.00 Cheetham Hill Neighbourhood Centre, opposite Police Station (on Cheetham Hill Road) 29th June 11.00 - 13.00 Woodville Children's Centre, Shirley Road, Manchester M8 0NE 20th July 12.30 St. John's Church, Bellott Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester, M8 0AZ
Update: this is the second phase of a research project that began in 2007 at Cheetham Community School. RAPAR established that there was an interest at the school about sharing views on "wellbeing":
What does wellbeing mean - in different cultures?
Why does it mean different things to different people?
What are the barriers to wellbeing?
Can women - together - overcome them?
By the end of the first phase we had produced a research report that you can read here (as pdf).
During this second phase our aims are:
Develop research presentation
skills: negotiating access; constructing presentations; public speaking;
interactive facilitation; recording information
Enable other women to participate in
Prepare, deliver and write up from
each learning session, mentor in between learning sessions by phone, guide on
programme of public presentation
Disseminate, validate and augment
the research amongst and within a much wider layer of, initially, women in
Create an augmented version of the
research that becomes owned by groups of women who are networked throughout
Cheetham Hill and beyond and whose research legacy can contribute to informing the development of a range of
culturally appropriate community-based initiatives about wellbeing
This project is funded by the Joint Health Unit of Manchester. It is a work-in-progress and this webpage will be being added to over time... In the meantime keep your eyes peeled for information about our road show, which aims to disseminate and validate our research findings so far.
This project will be delivered by the charity RAPAR in partnership with Cheetwood Community School, and through a research grant from the Joint Public Health Unit of Manchester. The population attached to this school (approximately 520 children aged between 3-11 years) includes 98% of parents for whom English is not the first language, 45% of families where children are in receipt of free school meals, 21 different language groups (excluding dialects) and 20 different nationalities.
Using the community networks and intelligence that radiate from Cheetwood Community School, RAPAR members will foster the development of a lead group made up of parents and other local community members such as grandparents.
During the first six months, continuously supported by RAPAR, this lead group will consult among parents to draw up a set of priority activity areas that can address well-being and that can be developed over the remaining years of the project.
These activities may range from discussion and skills workshops about, for example, the challenges of parenting or how to put together an optimum curriculum vitae, through to specifically tailored exercise classes, gardening/vegetable growing groups, and groups that help parents to overcome barriers to returning to learn/employment.
Each activity area is being evaluated by RAPAR as it develops by inviting the people to identify what the things are that would tell them that their actions were making a difference: it includes devising baseline self-assessment tool/s and other evaluation template materials (including planning and review tools).