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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Older co-researchers’ project wins national award

1 December 2016

MICRA project ‘Researching Age-Friendly Communities’ has won a major national award for partnership working in public engagement.

The project led by sociologist Dr Tine Buffel trained older people to become co-researchers to better understand how to develop age-friendly communities in Manchester neighbourhoods.

Older co-researchers carried out interviews amongst older people likely to be experiencing problems connected with social isolation, poverty, housing, transport and poor health, and then analysing the data. As a result of the research, older people are actively influencing Manchester City Council’s policy solutions to many of the challenges experienced by fellow older residents across the city.

The project was selected as an exemplar of public engagement in research winning the Working in Partnership category of the 2016 Engage Competition run by the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE). Dr Buffel’s research was funded by a European Commission Marie Curie Fellowship and supported by Manchester City Council, Whalley Range Community Forum and Chorlton Good Neighbours Neighbourhood Care Group.

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