An Exploration of Older's People People's Experiences of Participation in Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City [Thesis] / by Laura Martin

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/601127
Title:
An Exploration of Older's People People's Experiences of Participation in Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City [Thesis] / by Laura Martin
Other Titles:
A minor dissertation submitted to the National University of Ireland in anticipation of the Degree of Masters of Arts in Community Development
Authors:
Martin, Laura
Affiliation:
Health Service Executive
Citation:
Martin, Laura (2012). An Exploration of Older's People People's Experiences of Participation in Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City [Thesis]. Galway: National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.
Publisher:
NUI Galway
Issue Date:
May-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/601127
Item Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Description:
This study explores the experiences of older people’s participation in two Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City. The value of participation, in terms of the social, economic and nutritional benefits it provides was explored, consulting with Lunch Club members and coordinators. Literature relating to various aspects of older peoples’ lives including social networks, social exclusion, participation and community supports is also presented. A mixed method approach was applied to this research. Qualitative and quantitative methods were utilised to best meet the research aim and objectives. Interviews, Focus Groups and Participant Observation were undertaken with the Lunch Club co-ordinators and members. Questionnaires were also administered to the members to achieve a social profile. The research findings indicate a high level of active involvement in the social activities among all members, especially male participants. Despite evidence that, on a planning level, the participation of members is strongly valued by the service providers the research findings suggest that members remain unaware of their valued input. The research also indicates the social benefits in relation to increasing social contact and strengthening existing networks. The research shows that the Lunch Clubs are predominantly valued by members for the social interaction and participation they facilitate, while also providing an affordable and nutritious meal that catered for their dietary needs.
Keywords:
RESEARCH; OLDER PEOPLE; NUTRITION; COMMUNITY HEALTH; SOCIAL DETERMINANT; SOCIAL CARE
Local subject classification:
SOCIAL NETWORKS; COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMartin, Lauraen
dc.date.accessioned2016-03-10T14:34:14Zen
dc.date.available2016-03-10T14:34:14Zen
dc.date.issued2012-05en
dc.identifier.citationMartin, Laura (2012). An Exploration of Older's People People's Experiences of Participation in Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City [Thesis]. Galway: National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/601127en
dc.descriptionThis study explores the experiences of older people’s participation in two Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City. The value of participation, in terms of the social, economic and nutritional benefits it provides was explored, consulting with Lunch Club members and coordinators. Literature relating to various aspects of older peoples’ lives including social networks, social exclusion, participation and community supports is also presented. A mixed method approach was applied to this research. Qualitative and quantitative methods were utilised to best meet the research aim and objectives. Interviews, Focus Groups and Participant Observation were undertaken with the Lunch Club co-ordinators and members. Questionnaires were also administered to the members to achieve a social profile. The research findings indicate a high level of active involvement in the social activities among all members, especially male participants. Despite evidence that, on a planning level, the participation of members is strongly valued by the service providers the research findings suggest that members remain unaware of their valued input. The research also indicates the social benefits in relation to increasing social contact and strengthening existing networks. The research shows that the Lunch Clubs are predominantly valued by members for the social interaction and participation they facilitate, while also providing an affordable and nutritious meal that catered for their dietary needs.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherNUI Galwayen
dc.subjectRESEARCHen
dc.subjectOLDER PEOPLEen
dc.subjectNUTRITIONen
dc.subjectCOMMUNITY HEALTHen
dc.subjectSOCIAL DETERMINANTen
dc.subjectSOCIAL CAREen
dc.subject.otherSOCIAL NETWORKSen
dc.subject.otherCOMMUNITY PARTICIPATIONen
dc.titleAn Exploration of Older's People People's Experiences of Participation in Community Lunch Clubs in Galway City [Thesis] / by Laura Martinen
dc.title.alternativeA minor dissertation submitted to the National University of Ireland in anticipation of the Degree of Masters of Arts in Community Developmenten
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentHealth Service Executiveen
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