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Working together in Research opportunity for VCSE
Feb 29, 2024

As part of the Working Together in Research programme DiverseCity Development Trust with the support of the South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board is organising a series of 5 workshops to address issues of inclusivity and participation in research.

The Programme
Funded by NHS England, Working Together in Research is a programme aiming at developing health and care research that is inclusive and speaks to the views, experiences, and priorities of different communities. The South Yorkshire Integrated Care System has set a shared priority to make innovation and research more inclusive so that a greater diversity of patients, the public and staff are involved.

Health and care research is a key part of developing effective new treatments for diseases and learning how to help people to stay well. To do so, it is fundamental that research reflects the clinical or care community for whose benefit the research is taking place. Failure to do so hinders our ability to generalise study results and identify appropriate interventions, ultimately reinforcing existing health inequalities.

Workshop series
We have designed this workshops series to reflect and learn from different actors in health and care research: the members of the community who participate or wish to participate in research, the VCSE sector who oftentimes offers a port of entry to communties and never ceases to support them with their wellbeing, and clinical and academic researchers who seek to advance scientific progress for the betterment of many.

Workshops 1 and 2 ‘Taking a system view of the barriers to inclusive research’

January 17th – Sheffield (venue TBC)  January 25th – Rotherham (venue TBC)

These two sessions will consist in a conversation between community researchers and researchers to discuss about the barriers and challenges they're faced with when participating and/or doing research. Part 2 will focus specifically focus on language barriers and in the co-design of a 'Language Glossary' of shared understanding.
We have reached out to colleagues in the community who have experience of research, and these will be the facilitators.
These sessions are highly recommended to anyone conducting research, whether in clinical or academic settings, and to community members and advocates participating in research - or wishing to.

Workshops 3 and 4 ‘Sharing great practice and building awareness of opportunities to make research more inclusive’
February 13th Doncaster, Community Hall, Tickhill Road Hospital Site  February 20th Barnsley (venue TBC)

These two sessions will act as platform to showcase research programmes run in SY that have already done considerable progress towards inclusivity, participation and diversity. Through these sessions we hope to boost collaboration and let communities and VCSE organisations know how to get involved in any of the programmes.

Workshop 5 ‘Developing a collaborative approach between research and the voluntary sector
February 29th - Rotherham or Sheffield TBC

The final session will focus on how the research sector and the VCSE sector can mutually support and benefit each other. During the session we will engage in an exercise of co-designing shared principles for inclusive research and we will be discussing of setting the foundations for a sustained and equitable research-VCSE relationship.

To read more and register to any of the events, please visit our events collection on EventBrite.

If you are a researcher and you would like to present your programme at workshops 3/4 and for any other collaboration enquiries, please email Dani at

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