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What We Do


Our shared vision is that we not only achieve measurable and lasting improvements in the health and social wellbeing of both communities but that both become beacons for social innovation nationally and internationally, setting out novel and effective ways of transcending some of society's key challenges.

Across both communities, we encourage sustainable and committed partnerships, sharing expertise and resource between the university and the community. 

Below are some of the ways in which we are working together:

  • Building community leaders’/ members’ capacity in the use of evidence to inform their community development agendas.
  • Providing CESI’s expertise out in the community, for example, Zones staff sit on expert advisory groups and project steering groups in both communities.
  • Bringing the community expertise into CESI, for example, community partners are recognised visiting research associates/ research fellows of CESI.
  • Exploring Networks on place-based development (local, national and international)
  • Working together in real and meaningful partnerships, for example, by co-producing community development initiatives, collaborating on research funding proposals and academic outputs (see some examples below).

Lifelong engagement (in the form of conversations) with children and young people to establish their goals and aspirations and to identify and provide wraparound support where necessary.

Read more about Conversations here

‘Crescendo’ is inspired by ‘El Sistema’, a music education programme that boasts a range of benefits for the children involved and their wider communities.

Read more about Crescendo here