Community COVID

Community COVID logoCommunity COVID aims to find out how participants engage with resources designed to inspire ideas, stimulate creativity and physical activity, combat loneliness and improve social connectivity during pandemic restrictions. We would like to know about the positive as well as the negative aspects of engaging with resources and their effects on health and wellbeing. The project is funded by the AHRC, part of UKRI’s Covid-19 funding, and a UCL Rapid Response grant.

We are also interested to understand how people experience lockdown while shielding or in isolation and how providers, link workers and other organisations connect with vulnerable and hard-to-reach audiences. More on vulnerable and shielding research…

Community COVID Interviews: More about what you have been doing?

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Community COVID Survey: What have you been doing? If you indicated that you would like to volunteer to help us with our research by taking part in an interview to tell us more, a researcher will be in touch with you shortly. To take part in an interview please read the  Participant Information and complete the  Consent Form. For a different format, or any other queries, please contact

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Community COVID phases:
  • Scoping: Scope the range of ‘creative isolation’ resources
  • Evaluation: Evaluate the impact of participating in on- and offline activities
  • Learning: Provide recommendations for good practice regarding provision of high quality creative activities, accessible to a wide diversity of people irrespective of levels of digital literacy
  • Synthesis: Synthesise evidence from creative engagement to feed into post-lockdown strategic planning at local and national levels
Community COVID deliverables:
  • Rapid Evidence Review providing an overview and critical appraisal of the range of ‘creative isolation’ resources as well as appropriate methods for evaluating their efficacy and impact
  • Fit-for-purpose Evaluation Framework extending Public Health England Arts and Health Evaluation Framework and made freely available
  • Documentation of participants’ Creative Isolation Journeys using media of their choice 
  • Accessible Guide to Good Practice, making recommendations and building on existing models
  • Evidence Synthesis Report co-produced with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, drawing together learning to inform post-lockdown, ‘re-lockdown’ and self-isolation strategies
  • Peer-reviewed Publications and Conference Presentations
Community COVID Consortium

The project is being carried out by the COVID Consortium. Prof Helen Chatterjee (UCL) will lead the project as Principal Investigator with Co-investigators:


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