Older People's Research Group Essex
Gives older people a voice

Formed in 2007, we are an over 50s group of Social Researchers trained by Anglia Ruskin University, who carry out commissioned research and audit into matters affecting the lives of older people.

After the initial formation there have been another three training programmes. We currently have about 20 members trained and participating in social research.

We are all volunteers and come from a variety of backgrounds and work experience.

Our Beginning

The ethos behind our formation was to enable a group of older people interested in social issues affecting older people to develop research skills. To practise those skills in research projects (see further details on our research page) and through analysis of data make recommendations from the research findings.

We are particularly proud to have been part of new services e.g. village agents and the continuation of services which older isolated people value e.g. befriending.

Research services

Here is an overview of the services we offer and these can be tailored to meet need.

Our previous research projects include: Uptake of telecare products, benefits of village agents, uptake of services for Age UK, effectiveness of current and future daycare in Essex, evaluation of befriending service for Age UK, focus groups for NHS, interviews for the Library service.

We meet on the fourth Friday of each month in the morning at Trinity Methodist Church, Rainsford Road, Chelmsford. We always start with a coffee and a catch up. Then we discuss present and future projects; report on our finances, recruitment and training programme and any other issues that arise.

If you would like to know more please email us at info@olderpeoplesresearchgroupessex.org and we would be delighted to contact you for a chat.

All of our group members have a key skill set to make sure they can provide the best service to you.

Every member of our group has an enhanced DBS check to ensure their suitability to work with you.

All of our group are kind and easy to talk to, which makes us easy to work with.

We have the ability to relate to older people as we are older people ourselves.