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Circles of Support – ending notes

Dear Participant, Thank you so much for your valued participation in the Circles of Support project. This was, as you know, part of a wider research project, called STRETCH, (Socio Technical Resilience for Enhancing  Targeted Community Healthcare) which was funded by the Engineering and Physical…

SERVICE link-worker dashboard demo screenshots

This is a demonstration of a prototype link-worker dashboard for SERVICE developed in Django. Figure 1 shows the link-worker dashboard with all clients. More details on the clients timeline can be shown by clicking on the clients name to reveal a client based view –…

STRETCH Project: Circles of Support and Identity Mapping

By Avelie Stuart, Research Fellow, University of Exeter. As part of the STRETCH project (referred to as Circles of Support by Age UK Exeter), we have been drawing people’s social networks and social identity maps (example illustrated below), as a way of getting people to…

Why SERVICE is needed?

COVID-19 related isolation is likely to increase stress, anxiety, depression, and social withdrawal[1]. Likewise, there will be increased burden on family and friends who have other responsibilities and/or may experience illness themselves[2]. The burden on formal carers is also likely to increase, with extensive lists…

Welcome to SERVICE

This project aims to design and implement a digital platform for research on and support of emotional wellbeing of older people (>50) impacted by COVID-19 social distancing[1]. Impact: We will apply our team’s ongoing research on integrating technologies within social systems to: -Contribute to understandings…

Professor Clifford Stevenson joins the team

We would like to welcome Clifford to the Stretch team. Clifford’s research uses the Applied Social Identity Approach to investigate how social relationships can benefit health and how sharing a collective identity can enable members of disadvantaged communities to deal with adversity. He also examines…

Some reflections on STRETCH and Covid-19

In the last few months of the Circles of support part of STRETCH project I had thought I would be reviewing participants’ experience of being part of the project and winding things up. Then COVID 19 happened. Being the face to face part of the…