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Liveable Lives

Elderly men
Published: May 2015


To better understand how informal and formal support happens in local communities and to help organisations improve the support they offer.

Not only does the study focus on why support happens, it also examines why support doesn't happen.

Read the report

You can download the full report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.


Our funders are the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and this study is part of a UK-wide research and development programme 'Risk, trust and relationships in an ageing society'.

We worked with Simon Anderson Consulting, the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh, with support from Assist Social Capital.


The study was conducted across three sites in Glasgow: Bearsden, Hillhead and Maryhill.

We conducted interviews with people who recieved and gave support and spoke to organisations that gave support, like church groups or befriending schemes.

Participants were asked to complete a two week log of the support they gave and recieved.