Cinnamon Health Research

Cinnamon have been commissioned to look at possible areas of health research which will provide the following outcomes:

  • To increase the confidence of health services to partner with local churches;
  • To increase the confidence of local churches to respond to the health and wellbeing needs they see in their community;
  • To increase innovation and to inspire churches to develop new church-based projects.

In the initial briefing paper, we focused on the following areas affecting health and social care in the UK today:

  • Obesity and diabetes;
  • Accident and Emergency (A&E) admissions;
  • Mental health;
  • Loneliness and Isolation;
  • Dementia;
  • Addiction.

The steering group have decided that the research will focus on:

  • projects which are well established and already contributing to the health and wellbeing of their communities across the UK;
  • projects which are still relatively new but have a clear health outcome;
  • projects which are still in incubation yet have potential to make a significant difference.

The research will be quantitative (looking at existing outputs, outcomes and determining ways of improving those measures), and qualitative (looking at common themes through interviews with project leaders, and collecting case studies).

The aim is also to cover urban, rural and coastal locations.

The research will be completed at the end of December 2017, with a report to follow in March 2018. The research is being conducted in partnership with King’s College.