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Research Project: Community Led Care in Orkney

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A current research project exploring potential new models for delivery of care services to older people in the non-linked Orkney islands.

A new research project is underway to consider potential improvements in the delivery of care services for older people in the non-linked islands of Orkney, and in particular the potential of community-led models. The research involves finding out about the needs and wishes of the island communities, the current experience of care service users and providers, exploring the current service delivery in Orkney, and looking at examples of models of care being used elsewhere. At the end of the project a report will be written with some recommendations for how care services could be improved in the isles.

The research team, Rosie Alexander and Dr Sue Barnard are seeking participation in this project from all members of the island communities taking part in this project: Eday, Hoy, Papa Westray, Rousay with Egilsay and Wyre, Shapinsay, Sanday and Stronsay. We will be visiting each island group in the coming months to hold a community workshop and to run a couple of interviews. We are especially interested to talk to those who have some experience of care as care-givers or receivers, but are interested in the views of all islanders. If you are interested in taking part please contact us.

We will also be displaying information about the project in a central community location, where there will be a ‘post box’ where you can leave your comments or feedback about the project.

This research project has been developed with the help of the Island Development Trusts, Voluntary Action Orkney and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. It is being managed by Voluntary Action Orkney and is funded through the Aspiring Communities Fund, which is a Scottish Government fund, delivered with European Social Funds. The project is being supervised by Robert Gordon University and will be conducted in line with their research procedures.

For further information please contact: Rosie Alexander, Voluntary Action Orkney, Anchor Buildings, 6 Bridge Street, Kirkwall KW15 1HR
Email: rosie.alexander@vaorkney.org.uk Telephone: 01856 872897