Ealing

Requests

This page contains requests for help that Ealing U3A itself requires or that we have received from various organisations.

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Request for Participants in a Study on How Listening Abilities Change during healthy ageing

University College, London are seeking participants for an online study that investigates how listening abilities change during healthy ageing. Interested participants will be sent a link to the study, which they can then complete at any time. It should take about 40 minutes to complete. As a token of our appreciation, participants will be awarded a £5 Amazon gift voucher after completing the study.



To participate you must:


(1) Be over 60 years old.


(2) Be a native English speaker.


(3) Have no known hearing problems (not using a hearing aid and not previously told that you need one)


(4) Be in generally good health (no major surgery in the last 2 years)


(5) Have access to a desktop computer or a laptop with a good internet connection and a set of headphones.



The study will involve listening to various artificial and speech sounds and answering some questions about them. It takes about 40 minutes to complete, including brief breaks and instructions. Participants will be asked to sit in a quiet room, where they can complete the tasks without any interruption. All procedures comply with the latest data protection legislation and have been approved by the UCL ethics committee (project 1490/009).



If you would like to participate, or are interested to receive more information about the study, please contact Anita Srisuriyakumar by email.

STATEMENT from u3a We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted July 2021]

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Request for participants in a Study on Grocery Shopping Experiences

Fahad Alhathal, a PhD student at the University of Southampton is looking to recruit around 300 participants aged 65 and over to complete an online questionnaire based on their Grocery Shopping Experiences which will take approximately 10 minutes to complete

Grocery shopping is considered one of the instrumental activities of daily living which helps older people live independently. This research aims to explore the grocery shopping experiences in a physical store of customers aged 65 and over in the UK and to design better solutions by using emerging technologies that supermarkets could adopt.
This research was approved by the Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC) at the University of Southampton (Ethics/ERGO Number: 62401). 

All collected data will be used for research purposes only and will not be shared with third parties.



If any of our members are interested in taking part in this research, please click on this Link to Questionnaire 
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To see more information about the project, Click here.

STATEMENT from u3a We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted July 2021]

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Older Adults’ views and experiences of using Herbal Medicines and Dietary Supplements to promote health in later life - Research Study from University College London

This request is from a postgraduate student at UCL (in the very mature category they add as they are over 50!) They have received ethical approval for their qualitative study to examine older adults’ views and experiences of using herbal medicines and dietary supplements to promote health in later life. This will involve a one to one interview and will be conducted online or by telephone, and they are hoping to reach at least 20 participants.

This is an important subject especially as we climb out of the pandemic and they want to have an overview of the healthcare issues that older adults choose to address using herbal medicine/dietary supplements. Is it preventative or taken when you are unwell or diagnosed with a condition etc? They also would like to know if you discuss any of this choice with GP's and healthcare professionals and what the feedback is from this. They are also interested in the polypharmacy awareness aspects and potential interactions with traditional prescribed medication.

For more information, please click on the following links:- invitation flyer and participant information documents in order to make a decision.
If you are interested in taking part, you can contact me Patricia Belton by email (click on the link) or on 07737 887345.
Patricia Belton, Researcher UCL

STATEMENT from u3a We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted June 2021]

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THE BEETLE PROJECT - request from University of Exeter for Members for their Patient Advisory Group

Researchers at the University of Exeter are recruiting members for their Patient Advisory Group. They would love to hear from anyone in a U3A in London who may be interested in taking part.

The Beetle Project is looking at strategies which aim to improve recovery and reduce time spent in hospital for older adults who go in for planned procedures. They would like to work with people aged 60 or over who have been admitted to hospital overnight for a planned procedure; or carers, family, and friends who have supported older adults around their hospital admission. A ‘planned procedure’ is basically a non-emergency admission to hospital for something like surgery. They are creating an advisory group to ensure the perspectives of patients and carers are considered and addressed.

At the Advisory Group meetings, they will be asking people to share their experiences and views about being a hospital patient for a planned procedure, or a carer for someone who was. They will share what they are finding out in the research, and ask Advisory Group members for their thoughts on it. Group members don’t need to have any previous experience with research to take part.

The Advisory Group will be meeting four times between June 2021 and August 2022, all over Zoom. The first meeting is Tuesday 22nd June, 2:00 - 4:00pm, and group members will be paid £35 for each meeting for their time.

If you are interested in taking part in this project please contact Debbie Kinsey (by email), Postdoctoral Research Associate – Evidence Synthesis & Modelling for Health Improvement (ESMI) BEETLE team, University of Exeter Medical School
Debbie Kinsey can also be contacted on Twitter: @BeetleProject
An alternative phone contact for this project is Daniele Carrieri on 01392 722393.
Debbie Kinsey is based in Sydenham, south-east London, and is happy to chat to anyone who would prefer to speak to someone locally first. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to get in touch with her at any time. She works part-time and flexibly, so there may be a delay in her receiving or responding to your email. She usually works 11am-5pm, Tues-Thurs.

STATEMENT from u3a We are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted June 2021]

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Photography Project at The Postal Museum - request for volunteers

The Postal Museum at Mount Pleasant, near Kings Cross, are looking for help with the photography element of their project, Addressing Health, which focusses on understanding the health of postal workers between 1858 and 1908. The museum re-opened on 17th May and from the start of June are looking for two types of help from U3A members in the London area.

The first is that they need to photograph the pension records of approximately 28,000 post office workers between 1858 and 1908. There are usually four pages for each person. The documents are bound into large volumes and will be marked out for the person taking the photograph. These records provide the Postal Museum with information about a person’s sickness records as well as their reason for retirement from the Post Office and their personal details. The Postal Museum are using this information to find out about health and sickness in the workforce, as described in the recent U3A magazine.

The second kind of help is with processing these images. They need to be cropped and ensure that they are of sufficient quality and the correct size to upload to the Zooniverse platform, where the Postal Museum have a project webpage to help them transcribe the data for each person. This will involve sending people some images and for them to check their quality and crop using freely available software. The Postal Museum will provide instructions on how to do that and cover the cost of any licenses if needed. This can be done from someone’s home whereas the photography has to be undertaken at The Postal Museum itself near Mount Pleasant in Clerkenwell.

They need to have these photographs for two reasons
(i) to create a permanent digital resource for The Postal Museum and
(ii) so that the images can be uploaded to the Zooniverse platform where they can be transcribed.
When the Postal Museum ran this project the first time earlier this year they had over 1500 volunteers transcribe some of the years for which they had images. The images ran out very quickly and so the Postal Museum are now building them up again ready for another series of transcription events.

In terms of practical arrangements, the Postal Museum have a high quality digital camera set up linked to a laptop where the images will initially be stored. The camera is already set up in a rig and training will be provided by the archivists on how to handle the archives, and by the Museum’s own photographer. The work will take place in a Covid-safe place with all precautions to ensure safety. They plan to have a rota of volunteers which will be managed by The Postal Museum’s volunteer manager. Only one volunteer will be allowed in the room at any one time, together with a member of the Addressing Health team. All will be done at a safe social distance.
The Postal Museum can provide a reimbursement for travel of up to £10 a day and also cover subsistence on the day.

If anyone is interested, they can contact Professor David Gree by email in the first instance or by phone on 020 7848 2721 and he will be pleased to register your interest or answer any further questions

STATEMENT from u3aWe are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted May 2021]

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Request from the University of Westminster: Invitation to participate - Chelsea Physic Garden project
 
The University of Westminster is inviting people to take part in an online research project, about an inclusive online tour of the Chelsea Physic Garden. Below you will find full details about the study, which may be of interest to you.
 
Nestled in the heart of London, next to the River Thames, the Chelsea Physic Garden has been an important site for plant collections since 1673. Today, it is a place to relax and unwind in nature as well as to explore the history of London's oldest botanic garden.
 
With Covid-19 impacting on our ability to visit historic gardens in person, the University of Westminster wanted to explore ways to bring the Chelsea Physic Garden to people at home. The University have created an inclusive video tour which introduces people to the delights that this unique heritage site has to offer. By taking part in the study, you will provide invaluable feedback to help us, and the Chelsea Physic Garden, understand how to develop engaging and inclusive online tours. The University of Westminster's objective is to develop ways for us all to access and enjoy our cultural heritage at home.
 
Taking part in the study involves the following:
 
Step 1: complete a short online questionnaire (5 minutes) which collects a few details about you and your email address, ready for when we need to contact you for Step 4
Step 2 watch the video tour of the Chelsea Physic Garden on YouTube (15 minutes)
Step 3: straight after watching it, complete an online questionnaire which asks for your opinions about it (15 minutes)
Step 4: two weeks later, we will send you a final short follow up questionnaire (10 minutes)
 
We anticipate the study taking a total of approximately 45 minutes of your time in total.  If you would like to, you can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win a £200 Amazon voucher, upon completion of the study.
 
To take part, please click on the link below to start. This link will take you to the first questionnaire (Step 1. Once you complete this, you will be redirected to the video on YouTube. The link to the second questionnaire, which you will complete after watching the video (Step 3), is listed in the comments section under the video. In case you have difficulties accessing it there, you can also find it at the end of this email. Please note that you can make the video full screen if you want to by clicking on the icon at the bottom right of the screen (it is the icon at the far right of the row of 6 icons)
 
Step 1: Click on this link to start the study:
 
Link to the second questionnaire to be completed immediately after the online tour (Step 3):

Please let us know if you have any questions, and the University hope you enjoy the study. Please feel free to pass on this information to any friends, colleagues or family who might be interested!

Co-researcher: Email: Dr Rachel Hutchinson 


The University of Westminster is a charity and a company limited by guarantee.
Registration number: 977818 England. Registered Office: 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW.

STATEMENT from u3aWe are often asked to publicise research studies and trials to our members. Where we do so it is because we believe it may be of interest to you although we are not endorsing or promoting the research study in any way. The u3a has not undertaken any checks or due diligence on the relevant department or the study itself and accepts no liability whatsoever if you decide to agree to participate. If you choose to take part in any study, you do so at your own risk and in your own capacity (and not as a u3a member). You should make sure that you understand all the risks associated with any study before you sign up and ensure that you understand the time commitment, any restrictions and possible side effects. You should also ensure that you will be insured as part of the study.

[Request posted May 2021]

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VOLUNTEERS drivers required for Ealing Food bank

Ealing Food bank are on the look out for new drivers. Anyone interested needs to be fit and able to lift and must have a large capacity car or van and be available ideally on a weekly basis, although if there are enough volunteers they should be able to work on a rota.

The Warehouse Co-ordinator is Hilary Padmore and anyone interested should contact her on her mobile or her email.
Hilary Padmore
Warehouse Coordinator
Ealing Foodbank
Mobile: 07802 560469
Email: hilary@ealing.foodbank.org.uk

In particular, at the moment, they are looking for a driver who is available on a Wednesday morning on a regular basis to collect from Morrisons in Acton and deliver to the Food bank depot at St Mellitus Church, Hanwell. The person who has been doing this run has been on furlough but is returning to work in September.

[Request posted August 2020]

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