MyPlace is a partnership project with the Digital Interaction Research Group at Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and the Age Friendly City Initiative; it is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) www.myplace.ac.uk .
Rachel Clarke, MyPlace researcher at Newcastle University, said, ‘We’re exploring the City Walks as an approach to using technology to document and share experiences of the city as part of the MyPlace project. We’re really excited to be experimenting with this approach in partnership with members of the Elders Council. When we did the walk at the beginning of February, in response to the changes that are planned for John Dobson Street, everybody involved was really engaged and animated about local planning issues and came up with ideas for how things might change in the future. We’ve since shared some of the concerns and ideas with the Council as part of the consultation in the City Library. We’re hoping to follow this up in the next month to develop the approach further so that others can self-organise around their own walks and events.’
Read a members’ report on the session held with the MyPlace team by clicking here.
As older people, we know that social care is in urgent need of reform with fewer people getting the help they might need to remain independent at home. A group of Elders Council members set out to explore alternative models of care and support. Their findings are available in a report in the Reports section of the website. Elders Council is now discussing the findings with Newcastle City Council and others in the hope that more innovative models of care will be offered in the city.