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About the project

This project, run by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS), concerns itself with matching the future expectations and aspirations of living a good older life to the resources that will be able to deliver it. The project will bring together knowledge and experience of the social services sector and its users with the design sector to foster innovative and holistic strategies and actions for the future well-being of older people.

Working collaboratively in multidisciplinary teams we will explore the future choreography of care for older people. The project will take place over a 7 week period and will culminate in a presentation to be showcased at the IRISS annual conference in December.


  • Social service practitioners will have experience in working with practitioners from other sectors (mix of voluntary, private and statutory), developing new networks, relationships and sharing experiences
  • Social services practitioners will have experienced the creative/design process which will contribute towards CPD and PRTL
  • Social services practitioners will have been instrumental in idea generation and will have ownership over the ideas created
  • Ideas generated through the process will inform and complement future PIDs (project initiation documents)
  • Design students will have gained experience in working in multidisciplinary teams on a theme of national importance to Scotland
  • Design students will have developed skills through working in real situations
  • Older people and carers
  • Glasgow City Council (Social Work Department) – South region
  • NHS services (Greater Glasgow and Clyde)
  • Voluntary sector: Cornerstone Care
  • Private sector: Bupa care hoe
  • The Glasgow School of Art

Themes the multidisciplinary teams will focus upon:

  • Communication and Partnership Working
  • Reablement
  • Social Isolation
  • Anticipatory Care

Please contact Lisa Pattoni or Gayle Rice at IRISS if you have any questions about this project, however we’d love to read your comments on the blog.


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