ISBN: 9781909067172

Out & About: Promoting Wellbeing for Older People


Author(s):*Listed Alphabetically
Clift S

Year of Publication:
2013

Publisher(s):
Canterbury Christ Church University, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health

Publication Type:
Report

Abstract:

Out & About sits within the Bromley by Bow Centre’s Adult Health and Wellbeing Programme. It supports older people, aged 60 years and above, to engage with their local community through a range of health, social and creative activities.

The aim of this evaluation was to assess the extent to which the Out & About project achieved beneficial health and wellbeing outcomes for older people locally. More specifically, three objectives were pursued based upon the project’s key aims:
• to assess the challenges faced by participants in relation to their psychological, social and physical wellbeing
• to monitor participants over a period of eight months to determine whether improvements take place in psychological, social and physical wellbeing
• to assess participants’ perceptions of the contribution made by Out & About to their daily lives, general wellbeing and physical health.

A mixed method approach was adopted. Participants were asked to complete an internally designed, structured questionnaire at three times during the year, regarding their health and wellbeing, and the extent to which they felt that Out & About contributed to improvements in their daily life, general wellbeing and physical health. In addition, some semi-structured interviews were conducted to gather more detailed testimonies on their health challenges and their experiences of participating in the project. Case studies gathered by facilitators leading the Healthy Lifestyles and [email protected] programmes at the Bromley By Bow Centre were also available to supplement the data from the questionnaire and interviews.

The data gathered through the questionnaire and the interviews, supplemented by the existing case studies gathered by project facilitators show very clearly that Out & About is highly valued by participants. There are, nevertheless, inevitable constraints associated with any evaluation which is not planned before the start of a programme of activity, and where a suitable comparison group is not available. Given also that Out & About is one of a number of projects and activities within the Bromley by Bow Centre, there is a need in future to think about a more coordinated approach to evaluation of all the social, activity and educational programmes on offer.



Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Older Adults

Art Forms: Visual Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Clift S. (2013) Out and About: Promoting Wellbeing for Older People. An Evaluation 2012-2013. Canterbury: Canterbury Christ Church University, Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health