Liz Wands-Murray is a PhD research student at the University of York and is asking for help in reaching potential participants for research. She is currently carrying out research to consider how inclusive (or not) generic community based social care services, groups and organisations are for older lesbian, gay & bisexual people. The research is funded through the School for Social Care Research.
She is looking to understand the experiences of people who access these types of groups or services and those who work or volunteer in them through informal interviews and a focus group with the aim of obtaining some clear information these services and groups can use to be more inclusive going forward by understanding the experiences of engaging with these groups or organisations.
Groups or services might include formal service provision but can also include hobby, interest or craft groups or sessions, activities designed to help with social isolation or loneliness, funded or free groups or services - anything that a person over 50 might access within their local community. These do not need to be LGBTQ+ or older people specific services.
Looking for people aged 50+ who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual and use or have used community based services, groups or organisations and/or people who work or volunteer in community based services, groups or organisations.
Download the information sheets from below which give some further details about the research. One is for older people and the other is for staff who work or volunteer in community based services, groups or organisations.