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Kindred Group’s 32Red brand has extended its partnership with Derby County’s Community Trust and the “Team Talk” programme for an additional year.

The partnership will enable a new research project in collaboration with the University of Derby to understand the effectiveness of Team Talk in light of COVID-19 lockdown challenges.

The one-year research project will be led by Professor David Best as one of the lead researchers and examine the effectiveness of Team Talk during the current COVID-19 pandemic. A variety of interviews and surveys will be conducted with participants in the Team Talk programme, along with other insights. The research will be presented in a report at the end of 2021.

“The renewed investment means Derby County Community Trust can continue some of the fantastic work and results we saw from the first year of our partnership. To be able to work in partnership with University of Derby to develop a robust research and evaluation project that assesses the impact of the programme on individual and community well-being will be very interesting,” Neil Banbury, General Manager of UK Kindred Group, said.

“Following a successful first year, we are delighted that 32Red has recommitted to this project. The renewal of our partnership means we can now expand the programme and reach many more men with mental health problems across the community over the coming year,” Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, said.