At Inclusion Barnet, we believe that research is important. Research happens when we take a subject and decide to look at it in detail. Research usually helps us to find new information about things that are important to us. As a peer-led organisation, we feel that there is a lack of research that deals with the realities of work that is led by disabled people. The research that we read does not always describe or take into account how different working life can be for a disabled person, and especially how different a working environment can be when it is led by disabled people. Because of this, Inclusion Barnet is working hard to carry out this work ourselves.
Cross Cutting Research
Domiciliary Care, Personal Assistants and Support Workers Experience Research Report
Inclusion Barnet is currently working with Healthwatch Barnet to research how people with learning disabilities are experiencing domiciliary care, personal assistants and floating support workers.
The reason we are interested in this is that People’s Choice are finding that this is a common theme for discussion in the groups they run for people that have learning disabilities.
The research will involve speaking to service users, family carers, support workers and service providers and concentrate on themes such as socialising, personal care, person centred support and quality of care.
If you would like to be interviewed for this research please contact Benji Lanzkron on 020 8359 2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Managing Peer Led Organisations
Inclusion Barnet is currently working with CPEA Associates on a Skills for Care funded project to capture the skills and knowledge required to manage peer led organisations. We are co-producing this work with a number of Deaf and Disabled People’s Organisations from London and beyond, and we expect the outputs to be of use to policy makers and commissioners as well as to peer led organisations themselves.
For more information contact Caroline Collier on 020 8359 2444 or email email@example.com
Mental Health Research
Reimagining Mental Health
Inclusion Barnet has been commissioned by Barnet CCG to carry out some research related to ‘Reimagining Mental Health in Barnet’. This is a multi-sector, multi-agency project which is aimed at improving and developing the quality of mental health service delivery in Barnet. As part of this work, Voluntary and Community sector organisations across Barnet are coming together to develop a pilot ‘Wellbeing Hub’. The purpose of the Hub is to act as a gateway which will improve access to mental health services within Barnet. As a peer-led organisation, we have employed a peer-researcher to do some research around this. The main objectives are to capture learning, including key successes and points for improvement.
For more information contact Aman Ahluwalia on 020 8359 2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Support Research
Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) Report
Inclusion Barnet has won funding from Disability Research on Independent Living and Learning (DRILL) in order to learn more about peer support. This project will start in April 2017.
Currently, lots of information about peer support tells us about its benefits and outcomes, which as a user-led organisation, we think is great. We are always interested in developing resources which help us and other organisations to set up and run great quality services.
As part of the DRILL project, we will research how the best quality peer support services can be provided. To do this, we will look at how organisations manage peer support workers and services, and how the working environment is organised.
This project is managed by Inclusion Barnet, which means that our research will be led by disabled people. We are working alongside Inclusion London, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Real Lives and Barnet Voice for Mental Health. It is one of the first projects to be awarded funding from the DRILL programme, which is a five year scheme led by disabled people and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
For more information please contact Aman Ahluwalia on 020 3475 1302 or email email@example.com
Learning Disability Research
Cuts Impact Action Now (CIAN) Research Report
The learning disability team, People’s Choice, have been involved in a joint research project with People First since 2012 which has been funded by Trust for London. The research has been looking into how the impact of Government cuts and changes to benefits and services have impacted people with learning disabilities in Barnet.
By doing this research we have shown how important it is for people with learning disabilities to have their voices heard and their experiences understood.
The research report was officially launched at Inclusion Barnet’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 26th January 2016.
To read the Cuts Impact Action Now Research Summary Report (28 pages) click the link.
To read the Cuts Impact Action Now Research Full Report (155 pages) click the link.
For more information contact Mahmuda Murshed on 020 8359 2444 or email firstname.lastname@example.org