Older Men at the Margins Project

The ‘Older Men at the Margins Project’ is a 2-year Bristol University research project in collaboration with Age UK. The project seeks to identify ways of alleviating loneliness and reducing isolation for older men (65+) across marginalised groups including older men who are carers for significant others. The overarching aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the ways in which marginalised groups of older men seek to maintain social engagement and social participation in later life and to learn more about their participation in groups and community networks. The project is based at the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol.

As part of the final stages of the project they will be hosting a series of three workshops in Bristol across November one of which will be specifically for older men who provide care for significant others. The workshops are FREE to attend with lunch provided and are targeted at older community members, particularly men 65+ years, and providers of community-based services for older people in and outside of Bristol. Details about the workshop are outlined below.

Please register using the Eventbrite link below. If you have any questions please reply to omam-project@bristol.ac.uk or contact Paul Willis on 0117 331640.

Loneliness, older men and caring for others: a workshop exploring how older men who are carers for significant others experience and combat loneliness and isolation.

DATE: Thursday 22nd NOVEMBER 2018

TIME: 10-1pm, registration and coffee from 9.45am

This is a FREE workshop and lunch is provided. Registration is limited to 40 people.

Venue: BS3 Community Development, The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Southville, Bristol BS3 1QG. Blue badge parking is available on site. There is pay and display parking right outside the building and the building is 5-10 minutes from a well-served bus route and 20-25-minute walk from Temple Meads train station. The venue is wheelchair accessible. For more information on the venue: https://bs3community.org.uk/about/southville-centre/

To register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/loneliness-older-men-and-caring-for-others-a-workshop-exploring-how-older-men-who-are-carers-for-tickets-49686378295

The aim of the workshop is to bring together older community members with service providers to explore ways in which older men who are carers experience and combat loneliness and isolation in later life.

Participants will:

  1. Receive an overview of emerging findings from the Older Men at the Margins Project at the University of Bristol. They have conducted over 100 interviews with men 65+ years from five seldom-heard or hard-to-reach groups across the South West and West of England. They will be presenting some of their key findings from the interviews, relevant to the workshop topic.
  2. Have an opportunity to explore and identify together current gaps in groups for men and community services in helping to reduce loneliness and social isolation amongst older men and what new groups and initiatives may be needed.

If you are a man 65+ years of age, we can reimburse your travel expenses to the workshops – please contact Alex Vickery: alex.vickery@bristol.ac.uk or telephone (0117) 954 6773