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 enables people with a learning disability, (with support), to take a lead role conducting research about topics that are important to their lives. They have an intrinsic role in 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 three research projects;

  1. Money, Friends and Making Ends Meet 2011

  2. Our Lives, Our Research 2014

  3. Living our Lives 2016

  4. Getting Involved – what stops us 2018


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The research group have also written a number of articles. Click here for the full list of publications by Building Bridges Research Group and Liz Tilly.


There are currently eight members in the group who meet monthly. Their current interests are welfare benefits, social exclusion and other issues.

Give us a call:

0121 559 9197

Man writing on document

"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 regularly deliver teaching about inclusive research

and also presentations of their research findings at the Social History of Learning Disability conference at the Open University

in 2011, 2014 and 2015 and Lancaster Disability Studies Conference in 2016.


They also presented at the WIDeN Conference at the University

of Wolverhampton in 2015, and contribute to the regular

WIDeN meetings.