The COREN now: New developments

The COREN is supporting residents and staff from across the public, third and private sector to forge common interests and deliver positive change in neighbourhoods.

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To join the COREN, please fill in the form here

One legacy of the NRP was a co-ordinated, well-connected network of empowered communities and communities with the skills and confidence to co-produce externally funded work relevant to local needs, targeting health inequalities and delivering real, lasting change through applied research and implementation.

The ‘new’ COREN offers the space to continue to sustain and establish networks and collaborations connecting to place based systems of health and care. It is a collaborative of voluntary, community, faith, and social enterprise (VCFSE) organisations, public advisors, researchers, and practitioners from local health and care systems across the North West Coast of England.

The purpose of the COREN is to provide a place for its members to exchange knowledge and expertise, and to learn from each other, in order to support the development, dissemination, and implementation, of health and social care research. It is also a supportive space for new collaborations to be promoted and developed.


The ‘new’ COREN has the following objectives:


The current workstreams of the COREN are shown below:


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Examples of COREN activities since 2021 include:

  • Developing a contact database for the COREN to exchange information and ideas among members about applied health research priorities and opportunities. To join the COREN, please fill in the form here
  • Developing a Collaborative Mentoring programme to connect up those in research with community organisations to share learning.
  • Undertaking a survey within the voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise (VCFSE) sector to assess research capability and co-develop an offer to build skills capacity.
  • Collaborating with the University of Glasgow, testing the feasibility of adopting their engagement course designed specifically for use in university settings.
  • Delivering a series of knowledge mobilisation events to highlight priority topics within local places. Topics covered have included research from Blackpool Citizen’s Advice on the cost of living crisis, trauma informed approaches to working with communities and a case study on joining community insight to academic study. Recordings of some of these events can be found below.
  • Exploring co-produced opportunities for public led research by investigating possible funding opportunities, and connecting relevant collaborators. This has led to the COREN being a partner on a number of successful funding bids.


For more details on the COREN (including a Privacy Notice to join the COREN), please contact Claire Selby, Stakeholder and Engagement Manager on [email protected]

Introduction for links to recordings

The following recordings of knowledge mobilisation events are all available on YouTube and will open in a new tab in your browser.

Links to recordings hosted on YouTube

Trauma informed communities:

Sharing projects in Lancashire supporting the development of trauma informed approaches

Link to video on YouTube


joining community insight with academic study

Sharing the challenges of voluntary sector organisations engaging with academia

Link to video on YouTube

citizens’ jury approach:

Sharing experiences of facilitating Citizens’ Juries in Lancashire

Link to video on YouTube