St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART)
St Mary Abbots Rehabilitation and Training (SMART) is registered as a Charity to support people affected by mental illness on their path to recovery.
Idea for research
Idea for research
National food charities are campaigning to move to a 'cash first' approach to supporting those experiencing poverty, particularly food poverty. This is largely in response to the huge growth in Food Bank provision which is widely thought to remove agency and bring stigma and further fracture our society. Many councils will be reluctant to take up cash first solutions without evidence that it is a more effective solution.

Our ideas for research are around exploring how providing cash instead of benefits in kind, food bank support or shopping vouchers as part of a Council support offer, alongside the mainstream benefits system, change things for residents experiencing food insecurity and poverty.

We are part of the recovery response to the Grenfell fire tragedy in 2017.
Impact of idea
If it is a more effective solution then we need to be able to show that in order to make sure it is the solution of choice for Councils deciding how to allocate local government funds. This could contribute towards changing policy for local residents in the long term.

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Application process
Application criteria
Understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as scales such as WEMWBS etc for measuring wellbeing. It would be great to have some skills around public and social policy though not essential.
WEMWBS is the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well Being Scale, a 14-item scale of mental well-being covering subjective well-being and psychological functioning, in which all items are worded positively and address aspects of positive mental health.
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Is this project fully accessible to students with the disabilities?
Disabilities information
Most of this project can be done remotely. Though SMART premises are not completely accessible, it shouldn't be necessary to meet there.