PARC Study - Health Improvement Working Group

Dr Michael Donnelly, Centre for Public Health and Professor Lindsay Prior, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, chair the Health Improvement Working Group. The Health Improvement Working Group engages with the local community and stakeholders in a bid to develop health improvement initiatives to promote physical activity in the CCG area.

Researchers in the group have already spoken to a number of key community representatives in regards to physical activity in the area and their thoughts on schemes that have been used to promote physical activity. This was followed up with focus group discussions involving 14 community groups in East Belfast, investigating their opinion of physical activity, their thoughts about the CCG and how they envisage using it to be more active.

Dr Helen McAneney has led a piece of research analysing key CCG stakeholders, assessing their strength of engagement and role in the CCG. 

In addition, the group will carry out interviews with 50 households along the CCG who have completed the Household Survey.  The purpose is to try and provide further investigation and explanation to results and trends highlighted in the Survey.

Wendy ScottWendy Scott is a Ph.D student on the PARC Study. She is a graduate from the University of Ulster having attained a degree in Sport and Leisure Studies; Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a MSc. in Sport, Exercise and Leisure. Since then Wendy has gained a broad spectrum of experience in health working with individuals, sports teams and corporate businesses delivering health programmes.  She will be carrying out the qualitative interviews to ascertain the impact of urban renewal on engagement in physical activity in the Connswater area.

Dr David Scott is a Research Assistant on the PARC Study, recently completing his Ph.D. He has worked on a range of projects relating to mental health and ageing and has been working on the PARC Study since April 2010. David has been conducting focus groups with community groups in East Belfast to discuss their thoughts on the Greenway and how to improve physical activity levels among the population.