Helping Children's Centres identify local needs
Children’s Centres in the Gateshead area wanted to gain a better understanding of the needs of users and potential users, and to better engage with local people and stakeholders.
Instead of approaching this as a one-off activity we supported a longer-term approach that included:
Over three months, we worked with a range of local people and used a variety of methods such as interviewing people in the town square using photo prompts, and group discussions. We trained parents and carers to use community research methods.
We held two learning events for staff and volunteers to develop skills in social marketing and engagement approaches.