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Voluntary Sector Organisations – Research Opportunities

By Vickie Ford (Clerk) Boughton Malherbe Parish Council

Wednesday, 17 January 2024


Boughton Malherbe Parish Council Contributor


Become a Community Research Advocate-
Opportunity for Voluntary Sector Colleagues

We are offering an opportunity for individuals in West Kent to train as Community Research Advocates (CRA), who will play an important role in their communities to ensure seldom-heard voices are included in important health and social care research. As a member of your community you will share opportunities to get involved in research or clinical trials and help others understand why their voice is important. You will complete a training session before joining the Kent-wide Community Research Engagement Network, with opportunities to work with academics and researchers and attend meetings and events.

CRAs can commit as much or as little time as they wish to tasks that support the CREN. These might include:

  • Reading and commenting on abstracts or reviewing papers
  • Participating in focus groups
  • Joining teleconferences to feedback on papers
  • Attending committees or panel meetings

This list is not exhaustive and all expenses for participation will be covered.

This free training is suitable for members of the public and for those working in the VCS. The role is ideal for someone who works closely with different groups or communities and would like to represent these voices in policy, research and academia, for example charity leaders, forum chairs, faith leaders, community group leaders or others.

Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance.

Tuesday 23rd January
13:00 – 16:00
Ditton Community Centre
Free lunch provided
Free parking onsite
Expenses paid

Please RSVP to

Contact Information

Parish Clerk

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