Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is looking for three volunteers to be part of a training and community action research project to help improve health outcomes for Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The project will provide training on Community Participatory Action Research (CPAR) to develop community researchers drawn from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic groups.

The training will be provided by Health Education England. It will focus on developing an understanding of community health; understanding and application of community action research approaches; and building the capacity of participants or researchers from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities to undertake community action research.

Following the training, volunteers will develop and deliver a community action research project for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust.

What is involved

This opportunity is open to people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Volunteers are asked to make the following commitments:

  • To attend approximately 45 hours of training and mentoring (online) between April 2021 and January 2022,
  • To provide at least 34 hours of volunteer time to develop and deliver a community action research project. The project must be completed by March 2022,
  • To follow Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trusts Volunteer Guidance.

What we can offer you

Oxford Health will support volunteers throughout the training and research, including:

  • Payment of expenses associated with completing the training
  • Reimbursement of time at £11 an hour for time spent developing and delivering your research project, up to 34 hours
  • Regular supervision and support from the project team.

Next steps

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please email Claire Murray, Patient and Public Involvement Manager at Claire.Murray@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk before 10 February 2021. In your email, please include:

  • Why this opportunity is of interest to you
  • What connections you have to your local community
  • Any previous experience you have of community research
  • That you can meet the time commitment required as outlined above

Please note: this opportunity is dependent on Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust being selected by Health Education England to take part in the work programme.