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Advise our research project about how technology has been used among older people in Wales to build social connections.

16th July, 2021

The last year has been a year like no other. The stay-at-home message and social distancing guidelines have restricted social activities for people of all ages. This has meant that many have felt lonely or socially isolated because face-to-face contact has been difficult. Although technology has been by used people to help address the challenge and enable people to build social connections, but it hasn’t been accessible to all. This is something that Cardiff University and Bath university are exploring.

 If you are over 65 years and live in Wales and have experience in using technology to build your social connections or you have views on using technology in this way, then you may be able to help.

The team are looking for 12 older people, to help advise our research project about how technology has been used among older people in Wales to build social connections. The research aims to support the Welsh Government, public services,and communities, to improve the ways in older people can be supported to maintain and build social connections.

All you need is access to a telephone or video conferencing to take part. If you need support to use video conferencing, we can help with this.

You will help the research team by

  • reviewing and providing feedback on research materials (such as interview questions) and draft reports of findings from the research.

The group will meet approximately twice between August 2021 and February 2022, either over the telephone or via video conferencing, whichever you prefer. There will also be the option to contribute via post. We will send materials to review in ahead of these meetings. We may ask for your opinion between group meetings too. Anyone involved in the advisory group will also be offered one £20 voucher as a thank you for your contributions.

If this opportunity is of interest, please contact Dr Deborah Morgan on D.J.Morgan@swansea.ac.uk or on 07485 529201 by 6 August if you would like to be involved in this group or if you have any questions about the group.

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