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Although this project has now finished, we’re thrilled to have released the findings of the research.

Download the report here: Barriers to Employment for People with Drug and Alcohol Issues and people in Recovery (.pdf)


Project Background

This was one of the original Innovation Projects offered by Moving On Tyne & Wear. Since publishing the report, it has come to a natural end, although the findings will be shared and utilised by local support services.

Throughout 2017 we sought six Moving On Tyne & Wear participants to train as peer researchers to find out the impact that historical substance misuse and addiction has on people who are looking for work. Each of the participants took part in a series of half-day accredited Level 2 training sessions in Peer Research and Research Skills, covering the following skills:

Session one:

  • Understanding research
  • Different research methods
  • Understanding peer research

Session two:

  • Research ethics
  • Informed consent
  • Thinking about bias

Session three:

  • Research frameworks
  • Developing research questions
  • Research methods in focus: Interviews

Session four:

  • Data analysis
  • Reporting

Session five:

  • Putting it all together: plan a research project

The participants completed the training and planned how to carry out the research in both one-to-one and group sessions.

We offered three part-time jobs to our peer researchers to evaluate the research, draft a report and share the findings across the Moving On Tyne & Wear partnership.

For more background on this project, read Graeme’s story. He was one of the final three participants who completed the report. He shares the story of his experience going from programme participant to employee.


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