Worcestershire COVID-19 Impact Focus Groups – Community Grants

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Applications for the COVID-19 Impact Focus Groups Grant has now closed

Worcestershire Public Health is offering a series of grants to community applicants to deliver targeted focus group conversations about COVID-19 impact. These conversations will explore beliefs and attitudes to being well since the pandemic, how behaviours may have changed and the support that has been accessed, with communities that are rarely heard from. These conversations will explore:

  • beliefs and attitudes to being well since the pandemic
  • how behaviours may have changed
  • the support that has been accessed, within communities that are rarely heard from  

The findings from these conversations will inform the Worcestershire Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, the Director of Public Health’s Annual Report, the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy Action Plan and will also assist us in delivering and commissioning services that are better suited to the needs of our populations. All of this will help us move forward with our ambition that Worcestershire is a great place to be born, grow up and flourish in producing a vibrant, skilled, diverse and productive population building on the bountiful assets Worcestershire has to offer as a place, the biggest asset of which is our people.  

The Council is keen to obtain a breadth of representation of different identity aspects of Worcestershire’s citizens. For more information contact hwbadmin@worcestershire.gov.uk

The closing date for all applicants has now closed.

We are specifically offering grants for focus groups with the following groups of Worcestershire’s citizens: 

  • teenagers (14 to 18yrs)
  • young men (18 to 25yrs)
  • young women (18 to 25yrs)
  • care leavers (18 to 25yrs)
  • unemployed adults
  • people of working age with mental health conditions
  • people of working age with long term health conditions, e.g. diabetes, COPD
  • people with physical impairments
  • people with sensory impairments
  • pregnant mothers and expectant fathers
  • older adults living independently (over 65yrs)
  • LGBT+
  • carers
  • refugee and asylum seekers
  • ethnic minority communities, specifically separate focus groups with the following ethnic groups: Central and Eastern European, Black African and Black Caribbean, South Asian 
  • people from different employment sectors, specifically separate focus groups with the following groups: manufacturing, health and social care, professional and financial services, hospitality, retail

Community Applicants will be able to bid for up to 5 different population focus groups.

  • providers will be required to recruit participants
  • providers will ensure that the setting for the focus group is a safe and psychologically informed environment which considers the needs of the focus group participants
  • providers will have established links with 'target communities (as listed above) to enable engagement
  • consideration of how focus groups can be undertaken virtually needs to be specified
  • each focus group should have a minimum of 10 participants, where possible

These group conversations need to be mindful of the latest COVID-19 guidance. Therefore, these group conversations could be either face to face or they may need to take place over an internet platform such as Zoom or use other technological solutions such as WhatsApp. Each participant will need to complete a ‘Informed Consent Form’.

Focus groups should be facilitated during January 2022 and February 2022. The final written report then needs to be submitted no later than the 28 February 2022. The final written report must summarise the key findings and themes from the discussions, anonymised quotes from focus group participants and highlight and relate to the key findings from the group discussions. 

The provider will be expected to cover the following key areas of discussion: 

  1. impact of COVID-19 (resilience, social groups, identity, hope and ambition, grief) 
  2. being well
  3. jobs and opportunities 
  4. behaviours and healthy living 
  5. communities 
  6. support services 

The closing date for all applications has now closed.