Roy, Alastair Neil and Newbigging, Karen (2011) Supporting the independence and wellbeing of adults through a universal service: diversity, difference and proportionate universalism. Diversity in Health and Care, 8 (2). pp. 71-80. ISSN 2049-5471
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This paper reports on the introduction of ‘Help Direct’, a new initiative in Lancashire, England. This is a universal service which aims to give people the right information or advice, individual guidance or practical help before a problem becomes a crisis. As part of the initial development of the model of delivery, the authors were commissioned to undertake research to investigate the views of relevant people who might use the service. The research had three overarching aims, namely to explore how potential users understand well-being, to explore the possible contribution of the service to maintaining independence and supporting well-being, and to identify factors that might facilitate and inhibit the use of such a service for different groups. Data collection took place between August and December 2008. The findings reported here draw on the focus group data. A total of 11 focus groups (n = 100) were convened in collaboration with community organisations. The paper describes the ways in which different groups conceptualise wellbeing and help seeking, and moves on to examine the implications of delivering a universal service to heterogeneous communities in relation to the concept of proportionate universalism. Thus, although the study is based in one county of England, the themes are considered to be relevant to a wider audience.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||cultural competence; diversity; help seeking; self-management; social support; well-being|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races|
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
|Schools:||College of Health and Wellbeing > School of Health Sciences|
College of Business, Law & Applied Social Studies > School of Social Work, Care and Community
|Deposited By:||Helen Cooper|
|Deposited On:||19 May 2011 14:35|
|Last Modified:||23 Jul 2012 14:53|
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