Researchers at the University of Stirling are conducting research to explore how staff and volunteers in community based projects, groups and organisations providing support to older people living with dementia are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Community based organisations and projects, such as those funded by the Life Changes Trust, play a vital role at the frontline of supporting people living with dementia in the community, but have been significantly affected by the pandemic. At a time when those they help will need more support and help than ever before, staff and volunteers in many of these projects, groups and organisations have been unable to provide their usual services. We know the staff and volunteers in these organisations are dramatically changing how they work so they can continue supporting their clients. But we know little about the specific challenges they are facing in doing so, what they are doing to respond to their client’s needs, and what staff and volunteers need to help them continue to support their clients as the pandemic evolves.
In this research, we would like to speak to staff and volunteers working on community groups, projects or organisations to support people with dementia. We would like to hear about the effects the pandemic have been having on you, and how you have been responding so that you can continue to help the people living with dementia who are in touch with you. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Dr Catherine Pemble at Catherine.firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Grant Gibson at email@example.com