Interview Participants

Organisation Name: University of York

Organisation Address:
Department of Social Policy & Social Work
University of York campus
YO10 5DD

Organisation's Cause:
Education & Learning
Equality / Human & Civil Rights
Local Community
Older Adults
Orientations & Gender Identity

Type of Voluntary Activity:

Location of Voluntary Activity:
Across York

Role description:
Participants sought for taking part in research looking at the inclusivity of community based social care groups, services and organisations (see definition below).

Participant criteria:

Group 1: Older people (50+) who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) and have accessed community based groups, services or organisations.

Group 2: Staff/volunteers who have worked in community based groups, services and organisations.

Community based social care groups, services & organisations could include day services, interest and hobby groups, social groups and activities, fitness and activity groups, community focussed groups, charity run groups or services. These do NOT need to be LGBTQ+ or older people specific groups, they just need to be based in your local community.

The research includes one-to-one interviews with a researcher and an optional focus group following the completion of the interview stage of the research (later in 2021). Currently the interviews will be carried out either online using a tool such as Zoom or via the telephone. This will be regularly reviewed in line with COVID restrictions and in-person interviews may resume if applicable.

Interviews will be a maximum of 1.5hours and will be organised at a time suitable to you and through the medium of your choice.

The research is seeking to capture the experiences of older LGB people in accessing community based groups to find out what makes these experiences inclusive (or not) and the experiences of people who work/volunteer in these types of groups in relation to working inclusively (or not).

All interviews will be confidential and no identifying information will be used in the resulting research. Further information about the research and the way your data is managed can be accessed here:

Older LGB people:

Skills and behaviours needed for the role:
Around 1.5 hours of spare time to take part in an interview.

Computer and internet connection or a telephone.

Will there be a DBS check? No

Driving Licence required? No

Volunteer's own vehicle required? No

Suitable for:
Hearing impaired
One-off Volunteering
Wheelchair users

What will the volunteer gain/benefit from:
By taking part in the research you will be adding to the body of knowledge about the experiences of older LGB people accessing community based social care services and groups. It is hoped that the results will improve the inclusivity of services in the future.

When are volunteers needed: Interviews will be taking place between April 2021 and August 2021.

How to get involved:
Have a look at the information sheets to check you are happy with taking part: Older LGB people: Staff/Volunteers: If you would like to ask any further questions or you would like to take part in the research please send an email to let us know that you are interested on:

Web link: Click here

Closing date: 02-08-2021