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Community Research Training

At Healthwatch we believe in getting local people involved in identifying what the most important issues for the community are. Because of this we want to get local people involved in doing local research projects into areas they are concerned about or interested in, within health and social care.


We run regular community training sessions for Healthwatch network members. These sessions last for 3 hours and are open to any one interested from our network. The topics covered include:


  • Basic research skills and approaches.

  • How to write a research report.

  • What to be aware of when doing independent research projects.

  • What support is needed to carry out good research.


We then ask those who take part to decide on a research topic that they would like to carry out and to see what support they need to carry out that project.  We then invite all participants to carry out a small scale research project with us and report back to the Healthwatch team.


These sessions are free to Healthwatch network members


To register for a place at the next community research training please contact a member of the team.


Case Study - Rose Cox

Rose was one of the first people to come along to our community research training. She had a particular interest in healthy eating and was concerned about the levels of healthy eating amongst children in the city. After the community research training she went and did her own research into this area and came back with a great deal of information about her subject. She was then presented with an award for her efforts.

Volunteer with us

Healthwatch Portsmouth is led by its members which means that local people are at the centre of the work we do. There are many different ways for people to get involved in our work and we welcome help from all sections of our community. Community research courses are one way that local people can get involved in Healthwatch activity, another way is to volunteer with us.


Everyone is different and we appreciate that people have different interests and time commitments. Because of this, volunteering with Healthwatch is very flexible and is designed to fit around your life.


Volunteering Opportunities


  • Help at Healthwatch events and stands

  • Social media support

  • Help in designing and doing research projects

  • Marketing and publicity support

  • Admin support


If you think you have something to add to the Healthwatch team and want to get involved, please get in touch for an informal chat about how you could get involved with us.


We also welcome involvement from local students from the University of Portsmouth and can offer some internship and placement opportunities as well. We also are in a position to support some students projects and research assignments.


Please get in touch if you would like to register an interest.