CRESR
CRESR

Vulnerable groups

CRESR has a strong record in delivering research exploring the needs and experiences of vulnerable and 'hard-to-reach' groups. Our research portfolio includes a substantial body of work focused on vulnerable sections of the population, including:

  • homeless people, particularly marginalised subsections of this population, such as those with mental ill health, rough sleepers and the 'hidden homeless'
  • people with multiple or complex needs
  • gypsies and travellers
  • street sex workers
  • offenders

We evaluate the impact of particular interventions on vulnerable groups. For example, we examined the efficacy of family/intensive intervention projects and recently assessed the Yorkshire Prisons ETA scheme. We inform relevant policy through the production of toolkits and guidance for clients, such as for regional planning bodies looking to estimate gypsy and traveller pitch requirements. Two key areas of work involve considering the role and effectiveness of statutory and voluntary sector agencies and assessing how well the policy and legislative framework meets the needs of vulnerable groups.

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Diversity in children’s literature

Project Director: Catherine Harris
Project Duration: 2019

This project aims to understand the level of inclusion and representation of people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) background in the children’s literature sector. The research will engage with organisations and individuals across the sector to explore their perceptions of the barriers and enablers to achieving greater diversity.


Being Warm Being Happy: Understanding Disability Fuel Poverty and Energy Vulnerability for Adults with a Learning Disability

Project Director: Professor Angela Tod (University of Sheffield) 
Project Duration: 2017-2019

Being Warm Being Happy is a collaborative project to find out if people with learning disabilities are able to keep themselves warm at home.


Scaling-up Social Lettings: Scope, Impact and barriers

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2017-2018

This project will undertake research to understand the scope and scale of the use of Social Lettings Agencies in England. The aim is to understand what SLAs can do to improve the access to, affordability and quality of, and stability in the Private Rented Sector, particularly for households in housing needs or in poverty.


Home Temperature in Later Life (HOTELL) project

Project Director: Jan Gilbertson
Project Duration: 2018

Cold homes and fuel poverty have a direct impact on health and affect cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, mental health and excess winter illness and death. The majority of excess winter deaths occur amongst people aged 75 and over and people living in the coldest homes are at greater risk of dying than those in warm homes.  The Home Temperature in Later Life (HOTELL) project is analysing the Care 75+ data to explore vulnerability to cold home temperatures and examine links between health and wellbeing and indoor temperature.  The analysis will help identify why some older people might be at greater risk of illness and death during winter so that interventions can be better targeted and will also be used to develop further research.


Understanding the mental health needs of homeless people in Nottingham

Project Director: Dr Kesia Reeve
Project Duration: 2016-2018

This study explores the mental health needs and experiences of Nottingham's homeless population, through a survey of homeless people, in-depth interviews with homeless people with mental ill health, and interviews with stakeholders. There is increasing recognition that the mental health needs of homeless people in Nottingham are not being met  and that services could be developed to better meet these needs. The study will make recommendations about how to  improve services in the city.


Get in touch

For further information please contact Dr Kesia Reeve at k.reeve@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4519

Key clients

Age UK
Arts Council England
BAC-IN CIC
Big Lottery Fund
Birmingham City Council
British Red Cross
Church Urban Fund
CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humberside
Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for South Yorkshire (CLAHRC SY)
Community Links
Crisis
Department for Work and Pensions
Department of Children School and Families
Developing Initiatives Supporting Communities (DISC)
Glasgow Housing Assocation
Home Office
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Leeds City Council
London Borough of Lewisham Council
National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
North Lincolnshire Council
Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Scottish Executive
Scottish Government
Small Business Service
South East England Regional Assembly
SOVA
St Basils
Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
The Humber Learning Consortium
The Social Exclusion Unit
Trussell Trust
West Yorkshire Housing Partnership
White Rose Collaboration Fund project
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