Oxford City Council has established a strategic partnership group in response to the increased number of older people living in Oxford, and the associated issues. A key aim of this multi-agency partnership is to support isolated older people. To inform their decision-making the Council commissioned us to review the needs of Oxford’s older population, in around employment and income, health and wellbeing, safety and security and access to information.
We undertook a mix of desk research, including numerous sources of qualitative and quantitative data, and interviews with people who have in-depth knowledge of benefits and welfare; community safety; housing and homelessness, charities and community groups; employment and sports and leisure. Interviews were also conducted with older residents in the city. To help understand how to meet the needs identified we conducted a review of local, national and international best practice.
We produced a comprehensive report including findings and recommendations, a copy of which was published on Oxford City Council’s website:
The report has helped inform future strategies and budget allocation relating to the older population of Oxford City.
It was a pleasure to work with Research Oxford who did an excellent job of understanding and responding to our requirements. They delivered a high quality needs assessment which enabled us to review the issues for older people in Oxford with a wide range of partners and has given us a well-researched foundation for planning going forward.