Future plans

In 2018 we will start to regularly comment and blog on issues that will often be written by, and will always be relevant to, disabled people and people with mental health issues in Gloucestershire and beyond.

Increasingly, the different elements of the sharing insights team will work together to make sure that knowledge about the work that Barnwood does in the county is shared with as many people as possible and that issues arising from the work are discussed and aired in a way that is inclusive and interesting.

The majority of the collection of the data on the impact and reach of Barnwood’s current work will be completed by the end of 2017.  After we have analysed the wealth of data that we have collected, we will start to produce reports, blogs and other forms of visual and written material so a wide audience will be able to get involved with and comment on what we’ve found out. We are fortunate in being able to devote resources to researching and sharing a substantial amount of valuable information about the experiences of disabled people and people with mental health problems living in neighbourhoods in Gloucestershire. The challenge for the future is to ensure that we learn from this information to help enable Gloucestershire to be an inclusive and welcoming place to live.

Earlier pieces of research by Barnwood include the Wellbeing in Gloucestershire study which was commissioned in 2013. Following growing interest over recent years in understanding and evidencing the determinants of wellbeing, this study sought to explore the relative importance of different determinants in the Gloucestershire context. The study included a large-scale survey of Gloucestershire residents, as well as qualitative research on the experiences of residents living with an impairment.

Summaries of the key findings from this research are available here:

Personal wellbeing in Gloucestershire
This report summarises the findings which relate to personal (subjective) wellbeing.

Wellbeing: the importance of belonging
This report summarises the findings which relate to the importance of feeling that you belong.

The places we live in Gloucestershire
This report summarises the findings which relate to communities; the places we live.

The impact of living with an impairment in Gloucestershire
This report summarises the findings which relate to the impact of living with an impairment.