Community Participatory Action Researchers focused on the Cost-of-Living Crisis for Marginalised Communities


Health Education England is pleased to inform you that applications for the Community Participatory Action Research Training and Mentoring programme are now open.


This programme, in collaboration with the South East Office for Health Improvement and Disparities, will train and provide on-the-job learning and mentoring for up to 30 Community Researchers across the South East region. The findings of the research will be used to support key decision makers and commissioners at local and system levels in informing priorities and service development for our marginalised communities.

The focus of this year’s cohort – programme will focus on the Cost-of-Living Crisis, exploring the inequalities faced by marginalised communities.


Who can apply?

Voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise organisations, NHS or local authorities can apply for this funded training programme.  Please note the funding is allocated to the researchers not the host organisation.


How to apply?

Documents can be found on the website. Please read the Guide to Application document before completing the Application. They encourage you to attend their Webinar or Q&A session (see details below) before submitting your application.


Key dates

Applications open –13 March 2023 
Webinar –20 MarchJoin on Teams
Q&A drop-in session –28 MarchJoin on Teams
Q&A drop-in session –5 AprilJoin on Teams
Applications close –13 April 2023 noon 
Panel approval & applicants informed of outcome –20-21 April 2023 
Training & Mentoring programme start date –22 May 2023 
Research projects completed –10 May 2024
Showcase event to share the research findings with regional stakeholders –17 -19 June 2024


Here is some of the feedback from CPAR cohort 1:

“I learned how to conduct interviews, how to conduct analysis and write reports – all while focusing on the community first.”

“I have been inspired to learn more about the role of Public Health as an intervention especially regarding wider social determinants.”

“I am now connected to new research jobs/roles, research bodies recognising the value of CPAR work to make a realistic change to community development planning.”

“I think they see me as someone who can speak on their behalf.  I can act as a bridge between the community and the government authorities – a trusted representative.”


Closing Date: 13 April, 2023, 12 pm

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