National Mapping of Older People’s Services provided by the Catholic Community in England and Wales

Research team: Dr Louise Ryan, Alessio D’Angelo, Adriana Castro, Mary Tilki

Middlesex University was commissioned by Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) to undertake research into the services to older people provided by the Catholic Community in England and Wales. The main aim was to quantify, assess and understand the scope and nature of services provided by the Catholic community to older people. The scope of the project would include formal residential care, residential care offered by religious orders to members of their own communities, and formal support services offered at parish and community level within dioceses.

From the data, researchers will be able to build up a series of case studies from across the country providing positive examples of what parishes or organisations do.  If this can be mapped, the quantity of care and support offered would ensure that the contribution of the Catholic community is recognised and valued nationally; and that their voice is heard in the debate on older people’s services.  It would also enable the Church to learn from best examples of such care at local and diocesan level in order to inform future strategy.

The final report was published in October 2009.

National Mapping of Older People’s Services provided by the Catholic Community in England and Wales