New research project looking into the experiences of disabled people needs participants

Dr Sue Hollinrake, UCS

Dr Sue Hollinrake, UCS - Credit: Archant

Could you share your experiences of living with disability?

Could you share your experiences or living with disability, for an important new study?

Participants are needed to take part in a new research project run by the group Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People (SCODP), University Campus Suffolk and Suffolk County Council.

SCODP represents disabled people’s views and gives disabled people a voice.

Associate Professor at University Campus Suffolk, Dr Sue Hollinrake said: “If you have a disability we would like to invite you to be part of this project. We are aiming to find out more about the lives of disabled people and we would like to do this by disabled people themselves asking the questions of their peers as well as sharing their own personal experiences. We are looking for participants both to conduct the research and those who would be willing to be take part in the research.”

“This is very much a scoping exercise, we won’t be focusing on any areas in particular, we want disabled people to tell us what issues they encounter and the findings will be used by the Suffolk Coalition in their work to influence and to address gaps in resources. We would like to hear from anyone willing to take part who feels they have something to contribute.”

Councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Adult Care said “I am very pleased about this project as it gives three organisations Suffolk County Council, University Campus Suffolk and the Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People, the opportunity to work together for the benefit of Suffolk residents.”

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“The project will train people with experiences of disability or long term health conditions in Suffolk to become ‘expert researchers’; this will increase confidence, knowledge, skills set and employability. It is our hope that the format of the project can also be replicated across different areas within Suffolk.”

To find out more and to get involved, contact Geof Dix at Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People. Telephone 01473 276115 or email Geof.dix@scodp.org.uk