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A Research Study Investigated the Relationship between Health, Well Being and Formal Volunteering for the 50+ Age Group.

This research study investigated the relationship between health, well being and formal volunteering for the 50+ age group in Northern Ireland. It was a partnership between the 'Unlocking Potential' Project and the University of Ulster. This Research is very important as there is a lack of Northern Ireland based research on the impact of volunteering on the health and well-being of this age group.

The study involved asking a cohort of participants to complete 4 questionnaires, at 6 month intervals, over an 18 month period, this is called a longtitudinal design study. The data collection for the study began in March 2010 and was completed in May 2012.

The research study was part of a wide range of work carried out by the 'Unlocking Potential' Project, a five year project, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies. The overall aim of the project was to encourage and support healthier ageing and civic engagement in Northern Ireland, by enabling and empowering older people to take part in volunteering.

To further develop our understanding of some of the findings emerging from the quantitative strand of the study there was a number of focus groups held in Belfast and L/Derry. To find out more, go to the Over 50s Volunteering page of our website www.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering/over-50s-volunteering

Profile of Participants

Click here to view a profile of the people that took part.

Further Reporting

The following list offers a time line of reporting connected to the study.

Interim Report 1: This report is now available. It includes emerging findings from baseline and 6 month data collection. Published September 2011.

Interim Report 2: This report is now available and includes an analysis of baseline, 6 month and 12 month data. Published July 2012.

Final Report: This report is now available. It incorporates an analysis of all quantitative (questionnaires) and qualitative (focus groups) data collected.