The Feeling at Home research project - we are looking for people to take part
When people with learning disabilities live together in a house or flat with staff support, we can be fairly sure that the place they live is safe and clean. But do they feel ‘at home’? And how do staff help them feel ‘at home’? What do family members feel about the ‘homeliness’ of where their relatives live? How do we make sure that places where service users live feel homely, rather than impersonal and institutional?
In this research project we want to find what helps people with learning disabilities living in group homes feel at home where they live and what gets in the way. We will use a participatory photography method called Photovoice to make it easier for people with learning disabilities to share their views through photos and captions. People will take photos in their own homes and discuss them together in a Photovoice focus group. We will share the photos through a public exhibition and invite visitors to reflect and comment on them.
Our findings will lead to the production of new resources for staff and service providers that will help create more ‘homely’ places for service users to live.
You can visit our website for more information about the project Feeling at Home
We are now recruiting people with learning disabilities who live in group homes in London and Brighton for our Photovoice focus groups. Do you want to take part? We have made some videos that explain what happens if you are interested: [Feeling at Home Participant Information - YouTube](https://Participant information)
We would also like to interview residential support staff and residents’ family members to hear their views. Here is an advert Feeling at Home advert_Family and Staff v2.1.pdf (359.5 KB)
that you can send round to staff teams and relatives.
We are very happy to speak to staff teams to give them more information about the project and explain how they can invite residents to take part. We are happy to explain the project individually or at a team meeting.
For any questions or to take part, please contact Katy on 07791 071850 or email@example.com
Please note: our Feeling at Home project was approved by the Health Research Association’s Social Care Research Ethics Committee on the 18th November 2021.