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Not housed but not homeless: How did we get here? A housing pathways study of vehicle dwellers in Bristol

Are you living in a vehicle in Bristol? Want to share your story for research?

My name is Ruth McAllister. I’m a student at the University of the West of England (UWE). I am doing research about why people live in vehicles in Bristol.

What the research is about…

There are lots of people living in vehicles in Bristol. I want to hear people’s stories about why they have decided to live in a vehicle.

What this website page is about…

It gives you more information about the research, confidentiality and how to take part.

What you are being asked to do…

Talk to me and answer some questions during a one hour meeting.

Why you have been asked to take part…

Because you live in a vehicle, you can contribute a great deal to our understanding and knowledge of vehicle dwelling.

You don’t have to take part…

Your participation in this research is entirely voluntary. It is your choice whether to take part or not. If you choose not to take part, there will be no harmful consequences.

What you’ll be asked to do…

I am asking you to help me learn more about people who live in vehicles in Bristol. I am inviting you to take part in this research project. If you accept, you will be asked to talk to me and answer some questions during a one hour meeting.

  • During this meeting, I will sit down with you at a comfortable place (perhaps your lived-in vehicle or a café of your choice).
  • If you do not wish to answer any of the questions during the meeting, you can say so and I will move on to the next question.
  • No one else but me will be present unless you would like someone else to be there.
  • The information recorded is confidential, and no one else except me will access the information recorded during our meeting.
  • The entire interview will be recorded on an audio device, but no one will be identified by name on the recording.
  • The information recorded is confidential, and no one else will have access to the recording.
What you might be asked…

I will ask you:

  • about your living arrangements before you started to live in a vehicle.
  • what you like and what you don’t like about living in a vehicle.
  • about the options you can choose from when deciding where to live.
  • how the housing shortage in Bristol has affected you.
  • how your living arrangements might change in the future.
How much time you’ll need to give…

The research takes place over one hour in total.

There are risks in taking part…

I am asking you to share with me some personal information, and you may feel uncomfortable talking about some of the topics. You do not have to answer any question or take part in the meeting if you don’t wish to do so. You do not have to give me any reason for not responding to any question, or for refusing to take part in the meeting.

If you feel unsettled by the questions I ask you…

Please get in touch with MindLine, which can be contacted on 0808 808 0330 and is open Wednesday to Sunday, 8pm to midnight or visit Bristol Mental Health – Assertive Contact and Engagement Service

There are benefits in taking part…

There will be no direct benefit to you, but your participation is likely to help me find out more about why people live in vehicles to help inform other interested people.

You will not receive any money for taking part…

You will not be provided any incentive to take part in the research.

Confidentiality

I will not be sharing information about you to anyone. The information that I collect from this research project will be kept private.

  • Any information about you will be given a different name.
  • I will not use your name.
  • Only I will know your name.
  • Any details that you may give that could identify you will be changed to protect your identity.
Sharing the results

Nothing that you tell me will be shared with anybody, and nothing will identify you by name.

  • The knowledge that I get from this research will be shared with you before it is made available to the public.
  • You will receive a summary of the results.
  • When the research is finished, I may publish the results so that other interested people may learn from the research.
Right to refuse or withdraw

Taking part in this research is entirely voluntary. It is your choice whether to take part or not. If you choose not to take part, there will be no harmful consequences. You may stop participating in the meeting at any time that you wish.

Who to contact…

If you have any questions, you can ask them now or later. If you wish to ask questions later, please contact me: Ruth2.McAllister@live.uwe.ac.uk

What if something goes wrong?

If you want to complain about anything to do with this research, please contact my University supervisor: Richard.Kimberlee@uwe.ac.uk

Thank you for taking the time to read this information.

If you are living in a vehicle in Bristol and want to share your story, please email me

Ruth2.McAllister@live.uwe.ac.uk 

I will email you back to arrange a time and place for a one hour meeting.