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Science Together hosts a Summer Celebration to recognise the seven community-led research collaborations formed over the last ten months through the Science Together engagement with research programme.

kid making a large soap bubble © Andrew Bailey

During the past ten months, local community groups and organisations have been collaborating with researchers and facilitators from the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University on research initiatives focusing on local needs, perspectives, and interests.

This year’s Science Together collaborations have been co-developed with:

  • Ark-T - assessing the impact of Ark-T's Community Hub Days as a key community wellbeing intervention and the extent to which Ark-T is meeting the needs of the community and participants;
  • Good Food Oxfordshire - co-designing solutions with community groups to help improve access to healthier and more sustainable diets for Oxfordshire residents;
  • In-spire Sounds - investigating the impact of youth provision, music and mentoring on young people taking part in workshops, and the wider social benefits of providing a creative platform for unheard youth voices in the community;
  • MES Creations - delivering a programme of introductory graffiti workshops to gauge attitudes towards community, anti-social behaviour, wellbeing and perceptions around graffiti and street art from those taking part to inform the development of further local projects;
  • Oxford Lindy Hoppers - exploring the benefits of dance on physical and mental wellbeing – and how social and improvisational skills are developed through swing dancing;
  • Parasol Project - identifying the social resilience factors that are particularly important to the inclusive Parasol community and supporting the development of skills through co-designed activities;
  • Slade Nursery School - investigating the impact of the nursery's 'Home Hub' initiative to improve children's communication skills and their ability to self-regulate behaviours.


Read the full story on the University of Oxford website.