Welcome to the Purple Research Group page!

We are Charlie, Ella, Leanne, Liam, Janine, Jo, John, Sam and Tracey and we are a team of researchers who all go to and/or support someone who attends the Purple Patch Lifelong Learning Programmes. We have been working with a researcher from the University of Leeds, called Melissa – together we are the Purple Research Group.

We have been learning all about research and working together to find out what people think about Purple Patch Arts. We have also been thinking about exciting ways we can share our experiences at Purple Patch Arts with other people.

We meet every two weeks over Zoom to do our research, using creative and interactive research methods. So far, we have picked out three research themes for the year: “People”, “Arts and Variety” and “Accessibility and Support”.

For our first theme, “People”, we looked at some research that other people have done, decided on our research questions, collected evidence and did some analysis! We can’t wait to share our research findings soon.

This term we are looking at “Arts and Variety”.

This page will be used to share our research updates, news and findings.

If you have any questions about the research you can contact Fran by emailing or contact Melissa by emailing