The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, external site) is the UK’s largest organisation for funding research on economic and social issues. It supports independent, high quality research which has an impact on business, the public sector and the third sector. The ESRC’s total expenditure in 2009/10 was about £211 million. At any one time the ESRC supports over 4,000 researchers and postgraduate students in academic institutions and independent research institutes.
The following ESRC film features Angie, Karin and Lisa talking about making resilient moves in young people’s lives, as one of eight case studies showing the impact of the social sciences and social science research (6.48-9.15 mins):
We are as close as a separate organisation can be to the University of Brighton, especially the School of Health Sciences. It really helps our community-university partnership working to have so many people with multiple ‘hats’ or identities, dancing cheek to cheek, so to speak.
The Community University Partnership Programme (CUPP) at the University of Brighton was instrumental in establishing Boingboing as a collaborative network and social enterprise, providing funding, advice and support.
Boingboing Blackpool is a really exciting new development that is now well underway. Blackpool were one of only 6 areas that were successful in bidding for HeadStart funding from the Big Lottery Fund, and they now have funding for 5 years to really embed and develop their plans.
The Big Lottery-funded HeadStart programme gave local authorities money to support young people to cope with difficult circumstances. Boingboing receives funding to support HeadStart Blackpool to implement their resilience programme to support the children and young people of Blackpool.
We provide training to Newport Mind on resilience and provide supervision to their family workers. Newport Mind is an active partner on many of our joint research projects with the University of Brighton, including the Imagine Programme and our Q-Sort Project.
YoungMinds is a charity who are committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people. They have adopted our Academic Resilience Approach and provide training through their own train the trainer model.