Become a peer researcher with Shelter Cymru

The role of a peer researcher is to talk to people who have gone through or are going through experiences similar to them. It gives people a chance to have their stories heard and talk about things with someone who can really understand.

Peer researchers have the opportunity to contribute towards research that highlights the issues people in housing need are facing. This in turn could lead to positive changes in housing services. It is a vital role, we need experts by experience!

Peer researchers are paid for their work, and are employed on a casual basis. We also offer free accredited research training.

We are looking to recruit peer researchers who have experience of:

  • Applying for social housing with their Local Authority or Housing Associations
  • Homelessness/ being threatened with homelessness
  • Living in hostels, temporary or supported accommodation

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If you want to get involved with peer research at Shelter Cymru please complete the form below:

    Check out the FAQs below for more information, or to find out more about our research take a look at our policy and research page.


    Is it paid work?

    Yes, Peer researchers with Shelter Cymru are paid £9.70 per hour for all work they undertake including travel time. They also get travel expenses.

    What hours are involved?

    Hours can vary and are limited, it is not regular work. Usually a couple of hours each time they go and talk to someone or a group of people.

    Do I need any experience or qualifications?

    No, you don’t need to have any experience in research or any kind of formal qualifications.

    Will I receive training and support?

    Yes. All peer researchers are trained in how to do the research and are supported by a member of staff. Peer researchers always work alongside a member of staff when they undertake research meetings.

    How do I apply?

    If you think this might be something you would like to do please contact:

    Danielle Williams at: [email protected] or 07920752468