Monday, 23 December 2019

Erasmus+ funded Research Project into Carers for Older People

Eldicare Project Research Presentation 

by Dr Edward Tolhurst (Staffordshire University, UK) 

Wednesday 20th November 2019  at Communitea Café, Age Concern Birmingham 

Project Number:  60115-EPP-1-2018-1-EL-EPPKA2-SSA 

On Wednesday 20th November 2019 an event was held at the communitea café at Age Concern Birmingham in celebration of Carers Rights Day UK. The event was a great success as Age Concern Birmingham launched a new space in their Boldmere Road based café aimed at local carers. The agenda was split into two inter-related parts of the day, in the morning the event was attended by funders, partners and members of the public and after lunch we took the opportunity to highlight the progress of Eldicare Project which is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. This was a great opportunity to combine our local carer’s event with news about this exciting and very relevant piece of research. 

During the presentation which took place in our new Carer’s Corner in the communitea café, Dr Edward Tolhurst gave us a great insight into the Eldicare project on behalf of our UK based research partner, Staffordshire University. His audience included people who provide services to carers such as day services, home and domestic care, people who advise carers and also people who are or have been informal and paid carers themselves. Dr Tolhurst’s talk was therefore very relevant and interesting to the participants who asked him many follow-up questions around the research findings.  

Dr Tolhurst talked about the main findings of the research so far which includes the feedback from carers and care agencies who were asked for their views and experiences about carer training. Dr Tolhurst told the meeting “these findings were discussed at a recent meeting of Eldicare partners which took place at Staffordshire University’s Lichfield campus. The research is being analysed to inform the partners in our aim to design and set up a common curriculum for training carers in the elderly care sector”. 

The Eldicare project has been developed in response to the ageing population right across Europe and the commitment to providing the carers of the future with the best skills and knowledge for their caring roles.


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