Could you be a community researcher?

20 Nov 2017

 A group of community researchers poses together

The Centre for Ageing Better has been working with Bristol Ageing Better to identify an area of Bristol in which we can undertake research into how people in later life (over 50) contribute to their local community.

It could be anything from volunteering formally for a charity or community organisation to making a cup of tea for a neighbour. OPM group has been commissioned by the Centre for Ageing Better to undertake this work with help from community researchers. Based on conversations with local organisations and BAB partners, the Ashley ward of Bristol (the area around Montpelier, St Agnes Park, Baptist Mills and Ashley Road) has been identified as an area of particular interest in understanding how people contribute to their local community. To carry out this research, OPM wants to work with members of the local community, and is looking for two community researchers.

What would being a community researcher mean for me?

OPM is asking each community researcher to carry out eight interviews in total with local residents, between now and March 2018. To do this, they will provide training in interview techniques and will invite you to meetings to share your findings (in December 2017 and February 2018). They will also provide a dedicated researcher on hand to support you while carrying out the research.

Who might a community researcher be?

The organisation is particularly interested in hearing from individuals who are:

Over 50 years old

Active in the local community, and well networked (they might lead local community projects or social groups for example)

Of Black Caribbean descent, as they are looking to undertake research with the Jamaican community

Proficient in written English

Based within and well connected within the Ashley area

Confident about talking to others within the community and working with OPM.

What will I get for supporting the research?

OPM Group will give each community researcher £175 in high street shopping vouchers for their time and support as part of the community research. They will also receive a certificate marking their contribution and will be credited in reports if they wish. Research participants (people who the community researchers interview) would also be paid.

How and when can I apply?

If you’re interested in being a community researcher, please email or call Tarran Macmillan (tmacmillan@opm.co.uk or 020 7239 7807) providing your name, a brief description of why you think you would be appropriate for the role and your contact details. Please note that we will be taking forward two community researchers to conduct the research, although all those interested who fit the above criteria will be invited to attend the training workshop.


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