Insight & Action – a radical new grassroots approach to discover and share cutting-edge insight into the health inequalities faced by people experiencing homelessness in London; and crucially, to develop achievable solutions to reduce health inequalities for homeless people.
Groundswell engages in a range of activities to gain insight into the realities of homelessness and action to make positive social change. We utilise Participatory Action Research (PAR) tools to achieve this. PAR is research with people rather than research on people. As a research approach, it is not just concerned with collecting data but also with processes of empowerment and transformation. This includes Peer Research whereby members of the target population are trained in theory and practice and become co-researchers involved in all elements of the research process.
We deliver PAR work with a range of partners including Local Authorities, homelessness service providers and health providers. Recently we have been funded by Trust for London to run Insight & Action a project that will discover and share cutting-edge insight into the health inequalities faced by people experiencing homelessness in London; and crucially, to develop achievable solutions to reduce health inequalities for homeless people and make vital savings to public money. Many thanks for Trust for London for supporting this work.
Respiratory Health is a major issue for people experiencing homelessness – to better understand this Groundswell delivered a peer research study to gain a greater insight into this important health inequality issue. The issue was originally identified by Groundswell’s Peer Advocates – we then engaged over 330 people experiencing homelessness in this study through focus groups and one-to one survey based interviews. Learn more about the research here.
Groundswell’s Action Updates!
Groundswell’s Action Updates – share the insight our Peer Advocates have gathered through working with homeless people across London. Each Action Update highlights a topic and offer practical advice – targeted at people who are currently using homelessness services. They are designed to be printed on a standard A4 page and then folded down to pocket size (A7) so please print it out and pass them on. To view all the Action Updates click here.