Count Me In Too was a community-university partnership project, and part of the broader CUPP structure that exists within the University of Brighton. This means that 'the university' and 'the community' work together for mutual benefit, in this case the LGBT community. The University partners on this project were Dr. Kath Browne (University of Brighton) and Dr. Sharif Mowlabocus (University of Sussex), with Nick McGlynn acting as a research project assistant based at the University of Brighton. The community partners on the project were Leela Bakshi and Arthur Law (both from Spectrum). The experience from Count Me In Too suggests that 'the community' cannot be accessed through one group. So for us, we used a research team to guide the research, but set up different groups of LGBT people, key stakeholders and so on, as well as having open consultations to guide key decisions (click for more details).
This project began with seed funding from the Primary Care Trust and the Brighton & Sussex Knowledge Exchange. In 2006 Brighton & Hove city Council gave further funding to expand the scope of the research. The in depth analyses have been supported by NHS Brighton & Hove; Brighton & Hove City Council; Sussex Police; Sussex Partnership Trust and the local Drug and Alcohol Team. In 2008 Count Me In Too as awarded funding from the South East Coastal Communities Fund, in order to develop strategies for disseminating the project findings to a range of audiences.