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Community Researchers.

Type: Information / advice

Location: All of Plymouth

POP & Plymouth Social Enterprise Network are looking to train people as Community Researchers for two projects in Plymouth – SIMPL and Healthy Communities Together.

Community Researchers will engage people in their community to record a conversation. We want to know how we can best support people to live independent lives as they get older (SIMPL), and/or how we can help people to feel better connected to each other and their communities (Healthy Communities Together).

We’ll provide training, support and funding where possible to help people understand the projects and their role.

Can you help connect these projects with real lives?

We are looking for people to play an active role by going out and recording conversations with people about what people think and feel. Community Researchers will be the link between the projects and real lives.

Could you support these projects by going into the community and recording rich conversations with people you know? We want to hear about:

The things that make it harder or easier for people to live independently as they get older (SIMPL Project), and/or

The things that may prevent or may help people feeling connected to one another, community and the impact this can have on their health (Healthy Communities Together)

Training dates

Completing training is a requirement for becoming a verified community researcher. To complete the training you must attend two sessions a week apart; on either 17 June & 24 June or 8 July & 15 July, each from 10AM-1PM.

How we will support you

We will provide training, support and where possible funding to help people understand the projects and their role; and develop the skills and confidence to act as ‘community researchers’. Community Researchers for both projects will be trained together.

Training will cover:

Ethics, confidentiality, consent, and copyright.

Your role, boundaries, and key responsibilities.

Key skills and competencies involved with being a community researcher.


At the end of your training, you will receive additional resources and will have on-going access to support. You will also have the opportunity to maintain engagement with both projects.

Training will be provided by Stephane Kolinsky and Martyn Lowesmith from Sky Space Team Development CIC.

More information on the Community Researcher role:

More information on SIMPL:

More information on Healthy Communities Together:

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