The Future Melting Pot celebrated valentine’s day in an unusual way. Instead of romance and love we settled down for an important meeting to discuss the second phase of the Road Traffic Collision research. The first phase uncovered that the area of Hodge Hill in Birmingham has the highest rate of traffic collisions in the West Midlands. After investigation, we uncovered that this area is one of the youngest areas of Birmingham, with a high BME population and a low economic status. We started to research into how these factors contribute to the frequency of Road Traffic Collison’s and how targeted methods of prevention could be developed for the area. This pilot study was extremely successful, however it only worked as an indicator of a more intricate problem.
The meeting last week was between The Future Melting Pot and various prominent experts from academic institutions and relevant organisations. These members included an ex-Chief Fire Officer, a Professor from BCU, a Principal Lecturer, a head of a large charity, and a quality researcher. This steering group deconstructed the original research then emphasised the areas which needs exploring further to create an impactful piece of research. The meeting was extremely positive with abundant innovation and co-creation as all members worked towards creating a project which can improve the way the emergency services target their work.
For the next phase, we are planning to collect and compare data sets from multiple services while encouraging standardised data collection methods. We will also be expanding our community listening’s and focus groups to empower people from the targeted communities to help create the prevention techniques to save lives in their area. This will lead to effective and relevant methods designed by the very communities at risk.
We are extremely excited by this second phase of the project as, even though our Valentine’s day will not be turned into a typical Hollywood movie, the work we have planned has the potential to save lives and revolutionise the workings of the emergency services. What better way to spread love that to help make the West Midlands and the UK safer?