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Older people – culture, community and connection

Woman with sticks and ribbons
Date: 13 May 2021
Time: 14:00
Location: Online
Woman with sticks and ribbons

A research workshop

What’s the impact of cultural participation in later life, and how do we capture its value for people and communities?

In this interactive workshop, you’ll help us refine the scope of our next research review so it’s as useful and relevant as possible to people working in the cultural sector, as well as those who fund cultural activity and develop cultural policy.

Our research review will examine the evidence base surrounding the cultural participation of older people, with a focus on community and connection*. Within this we are anticipating exploring themes such as loneliness, isolation, resilience and wellbeing, but this will be shaped and refined with your input.

Shaping our research topic – where should we focus?
The workshop will be led by a facilitator and we’ll also have guest contributors who are working in this field (names to be confirmed). We’ll start by introducing the initial scoping we have done in this area. Then we’ll work together as a group to define the questions and sub-topics you would find most useful for us to include in the research review.

Who’s this workshop for?
You’ll be working in the cultural sector specifically on projects with older people, or as a researcher or policy maker in this area. The workshop has a limited number of spaces which are prioritised for people working in this area. It isn’t suitable for students.

What’s a research review?
We review and summarise existing research within a topic area and share these summary findings in an accessible digest, so it can usefully shape future practice and policy. Here’s an example of a research review into culture on referral programmes.

*NB We are already undertaking a separate research review into older people, cultural participation and physical health. This event and the subsequent research review is focusing on older people and how cultural participation can build community and connection.

If you are unable to attend the workshop please complete this short survey to share your thoughts about this research review.

Image: Still from We Are All Artists, an Artlink West Yorkshire film by Sally Molineaux




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