The North West CLAHRC (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care) have partnered with ourselves at Blackpool Council to undertake some research on how we create the conditions for better neighbourhood resilience in our communities – sounds complicated but it’s not – instead of focusing on individual’s resilience, we are talking about the economic, social and environmental factors that affect community wellbeing.

Blackpool Council have been working with Claremont First Steps on this research project for the past 3 – 4 years and have a small number of residents from the Claremont area already involved in the priority issue we have chosen to work on; housing and transience.

We would like to use the last 8 months of this research to expand the area that we looking at, to include the Talbot and Brunswick Wards of the Health & Social Care Neighbourhood area – Central West.

We are therefore looking for an experienced voluntary, community or faith sector organisation who are based in Blackpool and have knowledge and experience of the Central West Neighbourhood area, but perhaps most essentially, who have expert skills in engaging and supporting residents to get involved.


You would need to: –

  • Write a brief Expression of Interest on who you are and how you can demonstrate your experience of how to recruit and support local residents to progress this work. You do not need experience in housing related matters nor research. This expression of interest should be no more than 500 words.
  • Sign and agree a contract of engagement with the CLARHC (administered by Lancaster University).
  • Agreed to work to the contract period from January – September 2019. There is a maximum of £5,625 available to deliver this work.
  • Acknowledge that the initial payment will be made at the start of the work, with additional payments throughout the contract period, on successful delivery of resident engagement (outputs and outcomes to be agreed by a Local Oversight Group).

Further work and funding may follow depending on the outcome of the next phase of research funding.

PLEASE NOTE: statutory agency’s CANNOT access this funding.

Apologies for the tight deadline, but we have much to do within a fairly short timescale. Please submit your expression of interest by 5pm on Thursday 31st January 2019.

If you’re not sure and / or have something to ask; please call me, Liz Petch, Public Health @ Blackpool Council on 01253 476310 OR Paula Wheeler, COREN and Stakeholder Engagement Delivery Lead @ Lancaster University on 01524 592066