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

Previous Research & Projects

We have completed a number of successful projects since 2007 in partnership with local providers, charities and the university. As providers of peer research we are a unique group with no similar group in the UK.

Research Name

Brief Description

Aim of Research

Funders

Location

Partnership

Telecare Project

To evaluate uptake of telecare products

Improve quality of life for older people

Essex

Essex County Council

Village Agents Project

To evaluate benefits of village agents for ECC

Improve communication for rural areas

Essex County Council

Essex

Essex County Council

Uptake of Services for Age UK

To look at the benefit of services in a particular geographical area

Maintain and improve services

Age UK

Uttlesford

Age UK

Day Care Project for ECC

To determine the effectiveness of current day care provision and seek the views of future users

To ensure the future of good day care services

ECC

Essex

Essex County Council

Evaluation of Age UK Befriending Service

Interviews to gain information on quality of life and planning of future services

Improve quality of life and reduce social isolation

ECC

Essex

Essex County council and Age UK

Evaluation of Later Life Expo held by ECC

Questionnaires to determine older peoples views

Improve quality of life in retirement

ECC

Essex

Essex County council

Focus Groups for NHS (SEPT)

To evaluate courses held to help long term carers

Improve quality of life for unpaid carers

SEPT

Essex

South Essex Partnership trust

Library Project for ECC

Interviews to ascertain usefulness of library services for the housebound

Continuation of service

Expenses paid by Essex County Council .

Essex

Essex County council

Scoping Older Peoples Research Groups

Researching like minded groups in the UK

Inclusion of older people in research projects

ECC

UK

Anglia Ruskin University

CISWE. Citizens Involved in Social Work Education

Mapping of third year social work students

ARU

Essex

Anglia Ruskin University

Silver End Project

Survey residents to assess awareness of where to seek advice

Improve advice service

ECC

Essex

Citizens Advice Bureau

Essex County Council

Recruitment and Training

To recruit and provide training from ARU

To increase membership and bring new skills to the existing group.

Lottery Grant

Essex

ARU. Lottery Awards for all and WhyNot

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.