Research Volunteer Position at Community Southwark

Community Southwark is looking for a Research Volunteer. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and get involved in evaluating a project supporting people with mental health issues. 

Purpose of role:

This is an ideal role for anyone looking to gain experience of Health/Community-based research within a local voluntary sector organisation.

As part of our support to community groups, Community Southwark carries out external evaluation of projects being delivered by the voluntary sector organisations to measure the impact their work has on their target groups.

This role will be involved in supporting the team to evaluate a pilot project that focuses on improving physical health of people with mental health issues through peer support, cooking classes and group activities.

The Research Volunteer will be working alongside the Evaluation & Impact Support Officer. There may be the possibility of involvement in some of our other projects related to measuring impact of community work, depending on your interest.

Main activities/tasks:

  • Conduct literature review, use quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Conducting interviews and / or focus groups
  • Transcribe focus groups and interviews
  • Input data from assessment forms into Excel spreadsheets
  • Ability to produce clear findings and reasoned recommendations
  • Ability to recognise and examine one’s own bias
  • Other duties and responsibilities may be individually assigned

What the volunteer would gain from the volunteering opportunity:

  • Acquiring new skills in applied research for voluntary and community organisations and Monitoring & Evaluation methodologies
  • Valuable experience for your CV and a reference upon completion of the project
  • Improving self confidence in research techniques including data collection, literature review and data analysis

Relevant skills & experience applicants need:


  • Degree (enrolled or obtained) or other relevant vocational experience
  • Basic knowledge in research methodologies
  • Well-organised, good at planning work and managing workload
  • Good IT, spoken and written English skills
  • Awareness of social issues


  • Creative, flexible and analytical mind, understanding the wider determinants of health and the role of voluntary and community organisations in improving people’s wellbeing is an advantage

Who the role would suit:

Graduates / Master students seeking practical experience in research and a wider understanding of the voluntary and community sector in London. We will reimburse reasonable travel expenses and lunch when volunteering for 4 or more hours.

How to apply?

Please complete this application form and e-mail it with your CV to Mariana Meirelles, Evaluation & Impact Support Officer

  • Closing date: 17 April 2017
  • Location: Camberwell - Southwark
  • Timeframe: 8 weeks (1st May –  23rd June) – about 2 days / week (flexible days and times)
  • Contract: Voluntary, unsalaried
  • Reporting to: Evaluation & Impact Support officer

Please find the role description here

If you have questions please get in touch with Mariana on 020 7358 7262.