Tell us what makes it easier or harder for you to stay social and connected with your community as you get older.

We are now recruiting for stage 2 of this project.

The Plug-in is supported by Office for Ageing Well and Wellbeing SA to explore and understand the experiences of older people making social connections and being active in their community.

For some older people, staying connected to their social circle or wider community is a challenge. We want to talk to a wide range of older South Australians to understand how you successfully connect with others in your community and what gets in the way of making social connections — this includes connections for friendship, but also with neighbours and acquaintances in community settings.

Do you have something to say about the challenges or joys of making social connections as you get older?

Are you a part of a group that has helped you to feel connected to your community? Do you feel that there is a lack of age-friendly venues for interacting with others in your area? Are you someone who wants to feel more connected to your community but doesn’t know where to start?

We know people have many different experiences of feeling connected with those around them, and we want to hear about your experience.

Why this project is important

The findings of this study will inform local programs in your area and be shared with decision-makers in state and local government, local health networks, not-for-profit organisations, and other service providers with the intent of improving everyday life for older South Australians.

Stage 1 — Survey — COMPLETE

The first stage of this project was a survey for people aged 50 years and over.

Through this survey we want to get to know a bit more about you and how you successfully make connections with others in your community or what gets in the way of making social connections. We will also ask you about your lifestyle and living arrangements. At the conclusion of the survey, you will have the opportunity to indicate if you wish to be involved in the second stage of this project.

Stage 2 — Focus Groups and Phone Interviews

Now recruiting!

Stage 2, a series of focus groups and phone interviews, will take the experiences and insights gained from the survey to look at how we can better support older people to make social connections.

For some older people, staying connected to their social circle or wider community is a challenge. We want to talk to a wide range of older South Australians to understand how you successfully connect with others in your community and what gets in the way of making social connections — this includes connections for friendship, but also with neighbours and acquaintances in community settings.

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Am I eligible?

To be eligible to participate in this project, you must be:

  • Aged 50 years: and
  • Live in or around one the following locations Clare, Port Pirie, Robe, Victor Harbor or Whyalla.

What’s involved?

There are two ways to participate:

  • A focus group is a casual discussion with 6-8 people held in your town.
  • One-on-one interviews are held with a researcher over the phone at a time convenient for you.

To register to participate in Stage 2 of this project, please click on the link below.

Click here to register your interest

Your contribution will make a difference to the lives of older South Australians.

You can also express your interest by contacting The Plug-in directly using the contact details below.

Please note: To ensure the safety and welfare of all participants and researchers, we require all focus group attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

For further information please contact The Plug-in on (08) 8224 5526 or email connect@theplugin.com.au

The Plug-in is supported by Office for Ageing Well and Wellbeing SA to undertake this research.

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