Drawing on local expertise and experience: Older people as volunteer researchers

Randall C Smith, Julia Johnson, Sheila Rolph

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


In revisiting Peter Townsend’s classic study of residential care, The Last Refuge (in the course of which he covered 173 care homes in the late 1950s), we employed 79 locally based volunteers, mainly older people, to find out what became of the homes after 1959. This chapter describes how and why the volunteers were recruited and how they benefited both the research and themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCoproduction?
Subtitle of host publicationWorking with Existing Older People’s Groups
EditorsJosie Tetley, Jacqueline Watts, Jill Reynolds
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherCentre for Policy on Ageing
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-0-90413-905-1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameThe Representation of Older People in Ageing Research Series

Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristolHealthAndWellbeing


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