In June, we began recruiting our core team of researchers from the community. Our Action Researchers will take forward the design and delivery of our community-led research as part of the Empowering Govan’s Communities project.
After an initial information session giving a taste of what the project would involve, 12 volunteers expressed an interest in the project and signed up to the initial group training sessions.
So far we’ve had 4 of these sessions and have engaged in a range of activities – including building Govan from scratch, venturing out onto the streets of Govan on an exploratory walk, mapping GCIN and much more. We’ve talked about our community experiences, shared our ideas and identified a lot of questions! We’re very grateful to Govan Housing Association for the use of their training facilities for this process.
Alongside our group training, we’ve also been looking for a physical base for the project where volunteers can get to work on designing the research. We’ve now found this in Govan Housing Association’s Community Hub and the group have been discussing how best to organise the space to get the most out of it. Again we're really grateful that Govan Housing Association is providing an accessible meeting space for the project.
We’ve got two more group training sessions before we get to work on the first steps of the research project on the 20th July. We are all excited about getting the project off the ground and are keen to start talking to the wider community.
Have a look at our photos for a taste of what we’ve been up to so far!
The Empowering Govan’s Communities project aims to develop Community-led Research around issues identified by local community members. The research will be designed and carried out by community members who have a stake in the Govan community. These same community members – with input from the wider community - will identify and implement community actions which respond to the findings of the research.
Thoughts, words and pictures from our staff, volunteers and service users