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Going for Gold: Improving inclusive research with people with learning disabilities

The Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities team consists of older people with learning disabilities. The intern will create resources with the team to celebrate their achievements and capture learning about inclusive research. A great opportunity to work with adults with learning disabilities and learn about inclusive research.
Host Researcher – Dr Melanie Chapman · Manchester Metropolitan University (mmu.ac.uk) The Greater Manchester Growing Older with Learning Disabilities (GM GOLD) team consists of people with learning disabilities (aged 50+). The team was set up to carry out research about social isolation amongst older people with learning disabilities living in Greater Manchester. They are currently supporting research to improve support for older people with learning disabilities and behaviours that challenge others and their families. This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of the vibrant learning disability research environment developing within the Department of Social Care and Social Work, led by Professors Chris Hatton and Sara Ryan, who will support the intern. The intern will also work closely with Dr Melanie Chapman who set up and facilitates the GM GOLD team. It is a unique chance to work alongside a research team made up of people with learning disabilities and support them to share their achievements and their learning about inclusive research, particularly in the context of the coronavirus pandemic.   It is envisaged that the intern will: ·       Attend (in person) and support GM GOLD team meetings to meet the team members and find out about their experiences of being part of the team. As part of the team meetings, we will discuss what team members feel are the team’s achievements and what has supported them to carry out the projects they have been part of, particularly since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic ·       Produce a short film and easy read report with GM GOLD team members to share their achievements and their learning about how the team has continued to meet and take part in inclusive research during the Coronavirus pandemic The findings are likely to inform an academic publication (e.g. a journal paper) and/or the development of a resource to support inclusive research with people with learning disabilities. The timing of the internship is flexible; however, we expect the internship to take place between mid-May and mid-August. Whilst some of the tasks associated with the internship can be conducted remotely (e.g. producing an accessible report, filming) some will need to be carried out in person (e.g. attending team meetings). GM GOLD team meetings are planned for 13 April, 15 June and 27 July and we would expect the intern to attend two of these meetings in person.

In A Nutshell...

  • Insight.... Learn from people with learning disabilities about their lives and experiences
  • Seek.... The views of people with learning disabilities about how best to include them in research
  • Contribute.... Support people with learning disabilities to share their knowledge about inclusive research
  • Communicate..... Contribute to outputs in different formats (e.g. easy read, film, and academic outputs)
  • Make a change.... Improve inclusive research for people with learning disabilities
  • Earn up to 300 Rise points ... which can be recognised within your degree.

Schedule

  • call_split 27/04/22 to 27/07/22
    Flexible Effort