Building Bridges Research Group grew out of Building Bridges Training in 2010.


It is a group of people with a learning disability who do inclusive research about the issues affecting their lives and their friends.


Inclusive research is where people with a learning disability are supported to take a lead role and are an intrinsic part of all stages of the research, including the design, process and dissemination, rather than just contributing to the data collection (Walmsley and Johnson 2003).

Their research enables others to have a better understanding of these challenges so they can make changes that make a real difference to their lives.


The group has completed two research projects and two written reports and has had a number of articles in practitioner journals.


Their first research project, Money, Friends and Making Ends Meet, was completed in 2011 and Our Lives, Our Research followed in 2014.


There are currently nine members in the group who meet monthly in Blackheath, and more often as required. Their current interests are welfare benefits, carbon monoxide detectors and other local issues.

Give us a call:

0121 559 9197

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"Taking a lead in inclusive research"

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Building Bridges Training has developed a range of good practice information and other resources.


Visit our 'Good Practice Resources' page for details.


Would you like to get involved in what we do?


There are a number of ways that you can support our work via volunteer and other opportunities.


Visit our 'Work With Us' page for details.

Research presentations


The group have delivered presentations of their research findings at the Social History of Learning Disability conference at the Open University in 2011, 2014 and 2015 and at the WIDeN Conference at University of Wolverhampton in 2015.


They have also delivered talks to students at University of Wolverhampton, Birmingham City University and Norah Fry Research Centre.


Walmsley, J. and Johnson, K. (2003). Inclusive Research with People with Learning Disabilities: Past, Present and Futures London, Jessica Kingsley.