Blog

Find out what we’ve been up to and all our latest news in our blog. We have multiple contributers and cover a range of topics. If there’s something you think we should be writing about, let us know!

Co-researching drought in South Africa blog

Co-researching drought in South Africa blog

We’re funded from a pot of research money aimed at getting researchers to understand and address major challenges affecting countries in the global south. Our project’s on Patterns of Resilience to Drought, exploring community resilience to drought in South Africa from loads of different angles. Right now as I write this in South Africa, we’re focusing on the perspectives of community members who are co-researchers on the project.

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Cultural awareness training blog

Cultural awareness training blog

The Cultural Awareness session was an opportunity to have an open discussion about some of the issues that come up around cultural awareness. Like an iceburg, a lot of what makes up culture are things that we often cannot see or are below the surface. Many important insights came from the cultural awareness day, and gave team members the chance to share ideas, discuss and challenge some of the issues raised.

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Resilient young parents Resilience Forum blog

Resilient young parents Resilience Forum blog

Professor Jacqueline Barnes, developmental psychologist and director of the Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues at Birkbeck, University of London, spoke about research into how young parents can be helped to be more resilient. She explained that key research in this field very much fits the ecological approach to resilience that we in Boingboing follow.

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Complex systems theory Resilience Forum blog

Complex systems theory Resilience Forum blog

Phil started the session by acknowledging the range of experience and expertise in the room. He shared his desire to learn alongside the group and not just impart knowledge, and said that systems theory, an abstract meta-theory, can be difficult to understand and apply to practice. Collective sigh of relief from those who had attempted prior reading that they were not alone in their struggle!

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Boingboing and HeadStart in Blackpool blog

Boingboing and HeadStart in Blackpool blog

Boingboing Blackpool is a really exciting new development funded by the Big Lottery HeadStart programme. The Big Lottery wanted to equip young people to cope better with difficult circumstances, preventing them from experiencing common mental health problems.

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