CIRCLE


CIRCLE's Current Projects

The Centre’s recent and current major partnerships and activities are listed below. For a list of completed projects, please see our Completed Research Projects page.

Sustainable Care Research Programme

The Sustainable Care Research Programme is a multi-disciplinary ESRC1-funded programme (2017-2021) that will explore how care arrangements, currently 'in crisis' in parts of the UK, can be made sustainable and deliver wellbeing outcomes; and support policy / practice actors and scholars to conceptualise sustainability in care as an issue of rights, values, ethics and justice, as well as of resource distribution.

The overarching objective is to advance understanding of sources of economic and social sustainability in care, especially how wellbeing outcomes can be achieved for care users, their families / carers and paid care workers.

Led by Professor Sue Yeandle and bringing together academics from seven universities, also working with an extended network of international academic partners in 15 other countries, the project will take a future-oriented and internationally comparative look at current approaches to the care needs of adults living at home with chronic health problems or disabilities, examining these in the context of care systems, care work and care relationships.

Social Isolation Index

It has long been recognised that becoming socially isolated can have detrimental effects on a person’s physical and mental health. To help identify those most at risk, an index representing social isolation amongst older people in Leeds has been created by Leeds City Council. CIRCLE has worked with Leeds City Council to sense test the Social Isolation Index and is currently working with the local authority to modify the index further.

  • Funded by Leeds City Council
  • Research Team at CIRCLE: Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden

Evaluation of Time to Shine

The team are currently evaluating ‘Time to Shine’, a six year, mixed method, cross-partnership project, commissioned by Leeds Older People’s Forum and funded through the Big Lottery Fulfilling lives: Ageing Better Programme. The project involves commissioning a range of third sector organisations to work toward reducing the social isolation and loneliness of people over 50 who reside in Leeds, with a ‘co-production’ approach built into the methodology.

  • Funded by Leeds Older People's Forum
  • Research Team at CIRCLE: Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden, with support from Louise Warwick-Booth (Leeds Beckett University) and Rosie Connell (Leeds Trinity University)

Evaluation of Chapeltown Choice

Chapeltown Choice is a one year project piloting a new neighbourhood care planning pathway within the Chapeltown area of Leeds. It has been commissioned by Leeds City Council Adult Social Care and is supported by the Department of Communities and Local Government's 'Delivering Differently' funding stream.. The team are evaluating the impact of redesigning services on service users and their carers, with a specific focus on health, wellbeing and community engagement.

  • Funded by Leeds City Council
  • Research Team at CIRCLE: Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden

Evaluation of Get Moving

Get Moving is an eight month initiative funded by the Greater London Authority which aims to reduce the social isolation of older people in Greater London through supporting activities delivered by community organisations. This evaluation explores the extent to which interventions incorporate physical activity, social interaction and cultural/creative elements on the functional ability and well-being of participants through a two stage survey and range of stakeholder interviews. The findings will be used to Inform and shape future GLA policy and practice.

  • Funded by GLA (Greater London Authority)
  • Research Team at CIRCLE: Andrea Wigfield and Sarah Alden

For a list of completed projects, please see our Completed Research Projects page.

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