Group members Rebecca Lawthom and Jenny Fisher hosted an event at Birley Building on 12th November to share the research findings of an evaluation of Home-Start Manchester South. It was a hugely successful evening, and the stars of the event were a mother who is supported by Home-Start and a volunteer who supports her and her family. Community psychology is about the application of research that explores the relationship between individuals and social systems within a community context. The evaluation of Home-Start Manchester South centered the voices of families and volunteers.
A volunteer at the event told us that the researchers ‘just came in and got on with everyone, they listened to what we said, and were not like normal academics.’
Rob Parkinson, CEO of Home-Start UK, gave a presentation. He said that Home-Start volunteers are between a friend and a professional.
The Chair of Home-Start Manchester South emailed us and said:
‘Just to say, a huge thank you to all for a massively successful and inspiring event last evening, a culmination of all your meticulous research for which we are most grateful. As indicated, we have already started to respond to your recommendations which have been a good learning point for us. Considering how little external research on any Home-Start has been done over the years (as far as I can gather) this has been an important piece of work and I hope the opportunity for extending it will be possible. I don’t know what systems other social enterprises have but such organisations are only just getting recognition, perhaps because of the present economic climate. So it seems you are in the vanguard for this!’
You can read the report here: http://www.rihsc.mmu.ac.uk/projects/docs/HSMS%20report.pdf
and watch an animation that Jenny and Teresa O’Neill made here: http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=ovmTMSYRAoI&u=/watch%3Fv%3DyT2JG8YaWug%26feature%3Dem-upload_owner