Get Talking Hardship (NLCF)

In 2019, Staffordshire University worked in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent’s Hardship Commission to deliver Get Talking Hardship (Final Report, PDF), a participatory action research project which recruited and trained a team of community researchers to help understand the experiences of people living with hardship and poverty in the city. The project attracted a large number of community researchers and participants, and impacted on the way in which the Hardship Commission works with and conducts research with people experiencing hardship. 

(Funding from the National Lottery Community Fund)

Project Co-ordinator is Nic Gratton, Lead for Civic Engagement and Evaluation at Staffordshire University.

This research project has its own website at