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Promoting social inclusion? The impact of village services on the lives of older people living in rural England

Dwyer, PJ and Hardill, I 2011, 'Promoting social inclusion? The impact of village services on the lives of older people living in rural England' , Ageing and Society, 31 (2) , pp. 243-264. (In Press)

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      Abstract

      Drawing on data from a qualitative study, this paper explores the impact of ‘village services’ on the lives of people aged 70 or more years living in rural England. Throughout the paper, the phrase ‘village services’ refers to six community-based services and activities provided to help meet the needs of older rural residents, namely lunch clubs, welfare rights information and advice services, befriending schemes and community warden support, in rural areas in three regions of England. It is argued that, in various ways, village services promote social inclusion by enhancing older rural residents' access to the resources, rights, goods and services that encourage social interaction and meaningful participation in community life. It is clear, however, that the overwhelming majority of users of village services are female, that older men are often reluctant to engage with the services on offer, and that the providers of village services need to find new and innovative ways of engaging with older men in rural areas. It is concluded that restricted revenue and capital resources means that the expansion of village services so that they may better meet the requirements of older rural men is unlikely.

      Item Type: Article
      Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
      Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
      Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
      Journal or Publication Title: Ageing and Society
      Publisher: Cambridge University Press
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 0144-686X
      Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
      Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 15:45
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:45
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/12787

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