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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Not a one way street: Research into older people's experiences of support based on mutuality and reciprocity

This paper explores alternative approaches and key messages from the first two stages of an action research project - Not A One Way Street - set up through the UK Better Life Programme at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (

Not A One Way Street is a collaborative research project designed to identify, examine and better understand the various ways in which older people with high support needs take up active roles within different arrangements based on ‘mutuality and reciprocity’ and is one of several projects exploring alternative approaches to planning, funding and providing long term care for older people with these needs.

The research is being undertaken by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Community Catalysts. These organizations share a concern that older people with high support needs are too often seen as a burden and a drain on resources rather than as individuals with gifts, skills, assets and contributions.

These initial findings will be of interest to those involved in commissioning and providing services and support (across all public services and sectors); policy makers and implementers who are developing plans and services that directly impact on older people. 

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