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Take part in our research in older adults' food challenges

We want to understand challenges older people face getting the food they need. B&NES Council will use our findings to inform their Food Equity Action Plan.

Background information

The Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council want to understand the challenges that older people in this region experience in accessing affordable and nutritious food, how people manage those challenges, and what can be done to support people better.

Study start and end dates

  • Start date: 1 January 2023
  • End date: 31 March 2023

Information about participant eligibility

To take part in this research you must:

  • Live in B&NES
  • Be aged over 65 (or caring for someone over 65)
  • Have experienced challenges around getting affordable and nutritious food for yourself or for someone you care for.

Your input will inform the Council's Food Equity Action Plan.

We are interested in hearing from older people themselves and from people and organisations that support older people.

What is involved in the study

You will be asked to take part in a recorded conversation with our researcher.

These will last approximately one hour and can be done in-person, over the phone or online.

If you want to meet in person, our researcher can come to your home, community centre, or wherever you would feel most comfortable.

A person filling in their personal details into a survey.

What you will receive

You will receive a £20 voucher from a supermarket of your choice.

Please note that this excludes supermarkets that do not issue vouchers.

An elderly man shopping in a grocery store.


Anything you tell us will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Interview recordings will be transcribed and then destroyed. The transcripts will be anonymised and stored on the university's servers.

Relevant ethics approval information

This study has been approved by the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee at the University of Bath 1.

If you have any concerns about the way in which the study has been conducted, please contact the committee.

To find out more or sign-up, email the lead researcher.

Contact Rebecca Hurwitz

1 This study has been approved by the Department of Psychology Research Ethics Committee at the University of Bath (ref/20-232).