Community Participatory Action Research – apply for funded training

Applications are open until 12 noon on 16 February 2021

Health Education England South East and Public Health England South East are offering a programme of training and mentoring to develop community-based researchers. The programme will involve training up community researchers to undertake a piece of work to understand the issues and inequalities impacting black and ethnic minority communities as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the actions needed to begin addressing these issues.

Voluntary and community groups, social enterprises, NHS organisations and local authorities can apply for this funded training. Organisations must have close links with black and minority ethnic communities.


This follows the PHE report in June 2020, Beyond the Data: understanding the impact of Covid-19 on black and ethnic minority communities and recommendation two:

Support community participatory research, in which researchers and community stakeholders engage as equal partners in all steps of the research process, to understand the social, cultural, structural, economic, religious, and  commercial determinants of COVID-19 in BAME communities, and to develop readily implementable and scalable programmes to reduce risk and improve health outcomes.

The initiative can also help local systems with the 8 urgent actions on health inequalities required as part of implementing phase 3 of the NHS response to the Covid-19 pandemic, in particular action eight: local collaboration to plan and deliver action to address health inequalities through better listening to communities and strengthening local accountability.

This is an opportunity to develop co-production, recognising the assets and insights that communities bring in shaping systems and services. Out of this, they hope community researchers will gain confidence, skills and knowledge that will contribute to community empowerment.

Application process and deadline