Involving Older People in Research

Involving older people in research event notice

Involving Older People in Community Research 

Wednesday 13 October, 11am-12noon

This workshop explores the involvement of older people in research during the pandemic.  It includes a presentation by UCC researchers and Age Action members on the IRC-funded project ‘Agency and Ageing in Place in Rural Ireland’.

This project involves a collaboration with Age Action to explore the housing preferences of older people in rural Ireland and identify how to build capacity in rural communities to meet these preferences.

Age-friendly initiatives and sheltered housing primarily concentrate on urban areas, whereas it is far less understood how best to respond to the unique housing needs of dispersed ageing rural dwellers. A participatory survey and focus groups with Age Action considers the views of older rural dwellers about ageing in place and the enablers and barriers they face, which will inform the role of civic, voluntary and state organisations in facilitating ageing in place. 

The project is supported by an inter-sectoral advisory group, including Age Action, Cork Kerry Community Healthcare, HSE and academics from Applied Social Studies, Social Work and Applied Psychology in UCC.

The workshop will be followed by discussion on methods of involving older people in participatory and community-based research.

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Together with and for Community

Age Action - The vision of Age Action is that Ireland becomes the best country in the world in which to grow older. It is Ireland's leading advocacy organisation for older people and ageing. As well as informing and influencing policy, Age Action provide practical programmes to support older people to age in place and combat digital exclusion through our Care and Repair, Getting Started and Information Service. 

ISS21 -  ISS21 (Institute for Social Science in the 21st century) is an interdisciplinary research institute that seeks to build, sustain and enhance research on social, economic and cultural issues that will shape Ireland during the 21st century. It is built around dynamic, bottom-up, collaborations between approximately 150 staff across 19 Departments in the University. Through interdisciplinary thematic Research Clusters & Working Groups and funded Research Projects, we address key questions facing Irish, European and global societies in the 21st century.

UNIC CityLabs: The UNIC European University is an alliance of eight universities educating through teaching, research and community engagement, towards inclusive societies. Central to this, is the collaborative work of UNIC CityLabs to create physical and virtual meeting points where students, citizens, academia and city stakeholders work together to identify and solve societal challenges faced by post-industrial superdiverse cities. During Community Week staff, students and city representatives from across the eight European partner cities convene in Liege for the inaugural CityLabs Festival. 

The Community Week UNIC Programme Strand highlights events and activities taking place in Cork and Liege during Community Week that are connecting the exciting collaborations taking place in Cork and across European through the UNIC CityLabs initiative.  

UCC Community Week: This event is part of UCC Community Week 2021. During Community Week, staff and students across the university come together with community and public sector partners to host community focussed events and activities. The week long programme of events celebrates UCC as a civically engaged university.

Civic & Community Engagement

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