Healthwatch Worcestershire will be conducting an ethnographic study in Worcestershire. The project is to understand how people experienced the pandemic in Worcestershire, and what they find out will inform recovery plans for the county.
In January they will be working with 7 individuals and families across the county, to explore the impact of the pandemic on their physical, mental and social wellbeing. They want to understand everything from people’s ability to access appointments, right through to the pressures of home schooling, job loss, social isolation and capacity to eat well and exercise.
People who take part in the study will work with a researcher on Zoom, or through other socially distanced methods, to answer questions, chat through their experiences, and make a video diary on their phone. We will follow government guidelines at all times.
Participants will need to take part in several sessions throughout January, and we will compensate participants for their time with up to £100 in vouchers.
They want to make sure that we include a broad range of people, and we examples of people they are looking for are:

  • A family that includes a young person with SEND
  • A household that includes a carer
  • A multigenerational household
  • A household that includes key workers
  • People who have arrived from Eastern Europe within the last 5 years
  • Someone living in a very isolated rural location
  • An older person with a long term health condition
  • People from different ethnic and protected groups

They are keen to support access needs including English as a second language, and people with specific needs and will support participation however they can.
If you can think of someone who may be a potential participant, please email Lead Researcher Tillie Harris at [email protected] and they can arrange a chat.