Capacity Building - Grant Scheme
This Scheme is to support organisations take forward research plans by undertaking small scale research projects or pilot projects, or the formation of practice and research development networks. Nine small grants (maximum £10,000) were awarded to projects on a wide array of topics from Mental Health, Social Prescribing and Supported Volunteering.
Here are summaries of the 9 projects:
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
‘Developing better futures for children and families where a parent has a mental health issue’
This study will review all current looked after children (LAC) whose parents have been identified as having an issue with their mental health. Community of Enquiry (CoE) sessions will be held with professionals drawn from Adult- and Children’s Services, and relevant partner agency professionals e.g. Health Visitors, Mental Health professionals, voluntary sector workers, such as Mind. Further CoE sessions will follow with young people known to Social Services, whose parents have been identified as having a mental health issue, and other sessions involving parents who have mental health issues. Development of a Better Practice Paper will include recommendations for commissioning of services.
‘Improving the wellbeing of older people within their communities: Co-produced age friendly environments in Swansea’
The aim of this research project (CAFÉ Swansea) is to provide older Swansea residents with the tools to undertake a small co-produced action research project that will improve the age friendliness of environments that are less than optimal. CAFÉ Swansea will develop a network to share good practice, ideas and overcome challenges. To ensure sustainability, older ‘champions’ will be trained as peer-educators to continue training others after this small action project is completed.
‘'Stay Well Network' : South Wales Social Care Short Breaks ( Social Tourism) Network’
Linc Cymru will work co-productively with other service providers to establish an online information portal that contains a network of short break holidays available in South Wales, called the ‘Stay Well’ Network.
The project team will:
à research good practice in short breaks using contacts and information resources available via the Wales School for Social Care Research (WSSCR) to inform the model
à develop a specification for inclusion in the network
à evaluate the new model to demonstrate potential wellbeing outcomes and cost benefits
‘Hafal and ABMUHB Partnership Support to Transition Project’
This research study aims to evaluate whether the employment of a Third Sector support worker to work with inpatients of a mental health ward significantly improves patients’ mental health and wellbeing. A Hafal Recovery practitioner (HRP) will develop a 10-week intervention package with patients, utilising Hafal’s Recovery Plan, a whole person approach to mental health recovery. The study will evaluate the role of a HRP in preparing and supporting inpatients during the transition to community discharge. It will make recommendations as to which patients may benefit from involvement with a HRP within inpatient mental health services.
‘Exploring practices and experiences within a Welsh multi-agency young families project’
This exploratory study brings together academics, social and health care service providers, service users and budding researchers to explore the activities and personal experiences within the Jig-So project.
The project involves social and health care staff and young parents aged 16-24 years (often from disadvantaged areas) working together to improve the whole family’s future health and social wellbeing. Service users and researchers will work closely together to plan and conduct the whole study. This will entail a review of existing services, observation of the group, and holding focus groups with some members and with Jig-so staff.
Monmouthshire County Council
‘Meetings that matter: talking together proactively to support learning, development and research mindedness.’
This project is researching the combined use of two storytelling approaches in learning and development i.e. Most Significant Change (MSC) and Community of Enquiry (CoE), to support collaborative approaches to prevention and well-being development work in Monmouthshire and Pembrokeshire. Participants will be trained in both MSC and CoE and the research involves the collection and analysis of stories of change. It will have a particular focus on the quality of collaborative dialogue, and how this shapes people’s thinking and associated actions.
Discovery Student Volunteering Swansea University
‘Supported Volunteering at Discovery Student Volunteering Swansea’
Our supported volunteering project now has 20 disabled and autistic adults and young people whom we support to undertake volunteering. Observations and feedback tell us that this is an incredibly positive and successful intervention, integrative and person-centered. It massively improves wellbeing, offers carers a valuable break and provides a highly meaningful alternative to typical day services. It offers a rare and important level of integration. We want to explore and share those benefits and compare them to other services available so that we can better understand our model, simultaneously producing an ‘easy-read’ summary.
Centre of Sign-Sight-Sound
‘Parenting Classes in BSL: Developing culturally-sensitive learning materials’
Many members of the D/deaf community in Wales have British Sign Language (BSL) as their first and/or preferred language. Their language skills range from no to good English skills, and often no or very little Welsh skills. While hearing parents learn about parenting skills anecdotally through interaction with other parents and via access to online forums and parenting classes, deaf parents have very reduced access to this information, especially rurally.
The Centre for Sign-Sight-Sound (COS), in collaboration with language researchers at Bangor University, aims to develop culturally sensitive parenting classes through the medium of BSL and to evaluate the classes’ effectiveness.
‘All Wales Social Prescribing Research Network’
This study aims to create a sustainable research network to build the critical evidence for Social Prescribing in Wales. Membership will be open to the third sector, higher education (academic), statutory social care and health organisations, commissioners, members of the public, independent sector, and industry members.
The proposal includes a one-day consensus event in Cardiff to develop the research priorities and action plan. Three regional half-day events will follow in Bangor, Rhyl and Swansea to action the research priorities, build research relationships and grant submissions, further develop the network and populate its research webpage.