Research in Action: The Wellspring Settlement

Capturing community aspirations during lockdown

Wellspring Settlement is a community anchor with the mission to reduce both the cause and effects of social isolation. In response to COVID-19, the Wellspring Settlement wanted to capture the impact of its support during lockdown on those using its services. The resulting research paper, produced in collaboration with students at the University of Bristol, indicated that the assistance provided by the Wellspring Settlement enabled the community to look beyond their immediate problems and begin to strive for a better future.

Lockdown was hard. My ex-partner continued to disrupt our lives. I was on my own in terms of entertaining my child. Being in an abusive relationship means you blame yourself for everything. You believe the lies and the manipulation. I don’t know what I would have done without the skills I’d learned on the courses – or with the extended support of the Wellspring Settlement and the friendships I have made there.

Community Member - Case Study

The Research

Read the final report, Wellspring Settlement COVID-19: Aspirations of a community (PDF, 763kB), and the three survey reports leading up to it.

If I hadn’t got the internship, I would still have volunteered because the aims of the scheme are so close to my heart and the challenges facing residents mirrored my own. The work became a lifeline in a very tough time, giving me a renewed sense of purpose and the power to make a positive impact. My choice of course was influenced by a strong belief in evidence-based interventions. Knowing our research supported a successful funding application, and was therefore based on evidence, is a dream come true."

Judith Kibuye, MSc, Case Study


Student research supports the Wellspring Settlement secure £98k to boost community renewal project

Funding announcement

Media release

Funding Opportunities

The students involved in the project were funded by the University's Temple Quarter Engagement Fund as part of a drive to nurture projects that foster collaboration between staff, students and city partners – in this instance embedding students in social science research co-produced with a range of external partners within the Bristol city region. If you are a student or a staff member at the University, find out how you can apply for funding

Barton Hill micro-campus

The University of Bristol is one of three tenants in a new development at the Wellspring Settlement, with our newly opened micro-campus. Housed in three adjoining shipping containers, it is available to all University staff and students to support their collaborative work with partners and communities in East Bristol. Find out more.

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