DRILL announces the first projects in Wales to receive small research grants. Please find a short summary of each below.
Young people and friendships – what matters to us?
The research project will explore with young disabled people aged 14 – 25 years living in South East Wales how patterns of friendship change between school, college, post – education, term – time and holidays. The project will also explore – What helps and hinders friendships to form and be maintained? How are friendships linked to participation within community activities? Are young disabled people at risk of social isolation – what contributes to isolation and what can relieve it?
The project is coproduced in partnership with C.A.R.P. Collaborations and the Building Bridges Project. The 1 year project is receiving £39,985.00 of DRILL funding.
Developing a toolkit that self – advocates can use to check if projects deliver what they promise.
The project is coproduced in partnership with All Wales People First (AWPF), Barod Community Interest Company and researchers Dr Bryan Collis and Janet Bardsley.
The project will include people with learning difficulties and other stakeholders in developing an easy to use toolkit to evaluate self – advocacy projects across Wales. The project will be informed by a Reference Group.
The Reference Group will be chaired by a disabled person and will include representation from the Welsh Government, Welsh Local Authorities, self – advocacy projects, commissioners of services and funders. The 18 month project is receiving £39,968.89 of DRILL funding.