A team based at Glasgow University are launching a website and recruiting participants for research that explores how lockdown may be differently experienced by those who are already isolated or marginalised.
The study focusses on four groups – those affected by:
- refugee and asylum processes and facing destitution;
- domestic abuse or sexual violence;
- disability or long-term health conditions; and,
- criminal justice control (e.g. in prison or community supervised).
A group of 17 partner organisations, including the ALLIANCE, are collaborating to help the study team learn about Covid-19 impacts in these communities.
The study aims to help inform Government efforts to prevent further hardship and inequalities.
The team is now recruiting participants for this study, aiming for at least 100 interviews. They are also preparing an online survey for organisations to capture the picture of the challenges and adaptations of those providing services to vulnerable groups. The research will be conducted between now and the end of November, but the research team will provide regular updates and early findings briefings on the study website.