"Ageing Equally?" Research Reports
Ageing Equally? was a research programme focusing on what makes a good place in which to grow older for people who belong to minority communities. Research from the Ambition for Ageing programme has shown us that marginalisation is linked to the risk of social isolation.
This programme aimed to generate a deeper understanding of what supports wellbeing and what makes places age-friendly for a cross-section of communities of identity or experience within the population of Greater Manchester, in order to prevent social isolation.
Ageing Equally? has produced thirteen reports in total: eight were larger research projects, and five were smaller research projects which were managed by the Ambition for Ageing Equalities Board. Below you can find a link to each report and a simpler summary of each report.
At the bottom of this page you can also find five reports on marginalised communities in Greater Manchester, as well as a summary of the five. These reports were a pre-curser to the Ageing Equally programme, and were commissioned and managed by our Equalities Board based at the LGBT Foundation.
Larger research projects
The Equalities Board have published a short report compiling the key findings from the Ageing Equally research projects that relate to ageing well in place for marginalised communities more generally. You can read this report here: Insights from the Ageing Equally research projects
By Rethink Rebuild Society. Data collection methods included walking interviews and to find out how people related to their neighbourhoods, and photovoice wherein participants captured their daily lives though photographs.
- A Case Study of Elderly Syrian Refugees in Salford and Oldham
- A Case Study of Elderly Syrian Refugees in Salford and Oldham simpler summary
Wai Yin Society explored traditional Chinese beliefs of growing old, as well as difficulties faced by the older disadvantaged Chinese community in their daily lives, and gaps in services provided in order to reduce isolation and loneliness. They worked with members of Sheung Lok Wellbeing Centre of Wai Yin Society.
- Ageing Equally within Chinese Communities?
- Ageing Equally within Chinese Communities? simpler summary
Manchester Congolese Organisation (MaCO) looked at what factors affect how elders in the Francophone African community age well in Manchester. It sought to understand what this group understands by ageing well and how, in the context and conditions of forced migration, place can influence this.
- Ageing in Exile; Francophone Elders in Manchester
- Ageing in Exile; Francophone Elders in Manchester simpler summary
Halal Incorp looked at Muslim men aged 50+ in Central Rochdale, largely a community who live in poor housing, suffer from discrimination and social and economic deprivation.
Oldham Coliseum Theatre focused on the role that textiles play for Pakistani women aged 55+ in Glodwick, Oldham to highlight what makes Oldham a good place to age. The use of textiles relates to their significance in memories of ‘home’.
- Textiles, Place and Generation: From Pakistan to Oldham
- Textiles, Place and Generation: From Pakistan to Oldham simpler summary
Europia looked at the challenges faced by European expatriates aged 50+, by targeting Romanian, Czech, Portuguese, Polish and Roma communities living in Greater Manchester, with a focus on Salford, Tameside, Oldham and Bolton. The research foced on their wellbeing and identity.
- Understanding European Expats over 50 in Greater Manchester
- Understanding European Expats over 50 in Greater Manchester simpler summary
Henshaws sought to increase awareness and understanding of the needs of visually impaired older people, including gaps and exclusions that may lead to them being isolated. It aimed to generate evidence to evaluate the case for community-specific provision through a comparative study of two neighbourhoods, and of what is needed for older visually impaired people to be fully included in service provision. They worked in North and South Manchester, predominantly Harpurhey and Wythenshawe.
- Visually Impaired Older People’s Experiences of Two Manchester Neighbourhoods
- Visually Impaired Older People’s Experiences of Two Manchester Neighbourhoods simple summary
Smaller research projects, managed by the Equalities Board
The Equalities Board have published a report evaluating their experience of commissioning and managing these shorter Ageing Equally? research projects. You can read this report here: The Value of Small Community-Led Equalities Research
Social and Cultural Barriers to Accessing Services Within Bedoun (Stateless) Arabic Speaking Communities
Ethnic Health Forum researched barriers to accessing services for older people in the Kuwaiti Bedoun community in Central Manchester
- Accessing Services Within Bedoun (Stateless) Arabic Speaking Communities (Simpler Version)
Europia researched the assets and skills of Polish people aged 50+ in Greater Manchester.
- Skills and Assets of Polish People Aged 50+ in Greater Manchester
- Skills and Assets of Polish People Aged 50+ in Greater Manchester (Simpler Version)
Visible Outcomes researched what makes an age-friendly neighbourhood for refugees over 50 years old who live in Salford.
Wai Yin researched how Chinese older people, especially disabled people and those who speak different community languages, can grow old and happy.
St George’s Centre researched what makes an age-friendly neighbourhood for older people with long term mental illness who live in the BL1 postcode area of Bolton.
- What Makes A Neighbourhood A Good Place to Grow Older People With Mental Health Issues
- What Makes A Neighbourhood A Good Place to Grow Older People With Mental Health Issue (Simpler Version)
Other research projects, prior to the Ageing Equally? programme
Manchester Deaf Centre gathered information from the Manchester Deaf community in order understand their experiences of ageing and isolation, and what they needed in order to feel independent, fulfilled and more included in society.
The research, carried out by Europia, explored the situation of Polish nationals in Manchester over the age of 50 who moved to the UK as EU migrants after 2004
- Experiences and Challenges of aged 50+ Polish Expats in Greater Manchester Report
- Experiences and Challenges of aged 50+ Polish Expats in Greater Manchester (Simpler Version)
Manchester People First carried aimed to look at ways of making meetings easier for people with a learning disability to take part in.
- Join Us, Join In: Making Meetings Better Project Report
- Join Us, Join In: Making Meetings Better Project Report (Simpler Version)
- Making information easier for everyone: How to make documents easier to read
- Ideas for better meetings
Henshaws ran a project to gain insight into current provision for older people across GM and how accessible organisations are for people with sight loss. They also aimed to gain further understanding of what works well in terms of Visual Impairment Awareness Trainingand what else could be done to improve provision.
The Wai Yin Society carried out research into the concept of hearing loss for older hard of hearing chinese people.