Case study No. 1 - FEED ME GOOD
Feed me Good are looking to influence national policy to reduce health inequalities experienced by the black and ethnic community. They deliver courses to help people understand health, wellbeing, sustainability and employment skills so they can achieve their goals and live healthier.
We helped Feed me Good audit their data to identify gaps and strengths, we were then able to provide a tailored data collection framework for their Children Education Programme (ChEP) and the organisation as a whole. Through discussions with different team members we learnt the motivations and passions behind the business which we were able to refine into a narrative which could be supported by current evidence. We will build an evaluation and monitoring framework to improve data collection and publish reports.
Sandra and Community Bridges truly bridge the gap between community and local organisations like mine. Last year I had the pleasure of getting to know Sandra as my SSE peer. Where her passion for research inspired me to obtain funding from Guys and St Thomas Trust to develop and now conduct our research on two of our programmes.
ChEP and How to be a sustainable consumer.
Her guidance and knowledge in public health policy has given me to confidence to develop our health questionnaire on the topic areas in which we want to provide our health and social impact.
We also have acquired 2 Data Analytics Masters Students from UCL to do their placement for this research. I look forward to results that we will achieve from this research and also working with Sandra and Community Bridges in the future.
Nureen, Feed Me Good
Case study No. 2 - BRADFIELD YOUTH CENTRE
Bradfield Youth Centre support children and families to improve their health and wellbeing. The centre held a free fitness class for mums, with a creche for the little ones, twice a week. The team at the centre could see that the women felt great after their exercise and couldn't wait for more, they wanted to document this impact to decision-makers.
We worked with the staff and clients to document the joy of the women, children and staff who were lucky enough to participate.
We worked with a local videographer Alex Evans to find the narrative behind the fitness classes and talk about the social impact. We followed this up with a survey to collect impact data from the attendees.
It was a pleasure working with Community Bridges. They never just came to document, they came to get to know the staff and users. The film they made was amazing and everybody at the club loved it.
Daniel, Bradfield Youth Centre
Case study No. 3 - HELP UK
Help UK is a BAME, female-led C.I.C. started by Koko Oloko, from her own experience of being a carer for her son. Help UK support parents and carers of children with additional learning needs in a variety of ways in order to help them look after their health & wellbeing, as well as their child’s.
Help UK were looking to increase their client base so they could help more families, we supported the organisation to deliver a weekly smoothie workshop to mums at a local youth centre. This helped Help UK reach out to other parents in need of support and increased attendance at their regular support sessions.
I had already been a volunteer writer for Community Bridges, contributing articles centred around all things community for their magazine; when I was asked to collaborate on another project with them, which involved holding a smoothie workshop straight after an intense workout held at the Bradfield Centre in Peckham for local mothers such as myself. This was such a great thing to be a part of; a community of mothers coming together to converse, share and support one and other over a smoothie that we were all a part of making. These are moments you certainly treasure and can recreate over and over again, whilst in the comfort of your home.
Koko Oloko, Help UK