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Head of Programmes and Impact at Spirit of 2012
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What impact has Covid-19 had on societal cohesion?

WE NEED YOUR VIEWS: What impact has Covid-19 had on societal cohesion?

Spirit of 2012 is delighted to be working with the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent and the Belong Network on the Beyond Us and Them Research Project, funded by the Nuffield Foundation. This major research project will explore how societal cohesion is affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

Today sees the launch of a survey to find out how how cohesion is made worse or better, and how and why individuals become involved or disengaged with groups and communities. This evidence will provide insight into how the communities across the work that we fund are experiencing and dealing with the current situation.

The findings will provide a rich historical record of what is happening to societal cohesion as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold, and will support policy to build resilience against future short, medium and long-term challenges.

We will be sending out surveys to the staff and volunteers of some of our grant-holders over the next six months to support data collection, and we’ll be holding focus groups in July and October 2020.

The survey is open to all, takes around 25 minutes to complete and the first 2,000 respondents will receive a £5 Amazon gift voucher. Click here to find out more and complete the survey. 

Other partners taking part in the project are Walsall CouncilBradford CouncilWaltham Forest CouncilBlackburn with Darwen CouncilStreetgamesVolunteering MattersJo Cox Foundation and Near Neighbours.

The University of Kent will be analysing the results of the surveys and the focus groups. If you have any questions about the project or how your data is protected then do get in touch with:  F.Lalot@kent.ac.uk

The project has been funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation. Visit www.nuffieldfoundation.org to find out more.