Research for Gloria took place on a few different fronts. We held Zoom roundtable discussions, one to one online interviews, lengthy telephone chats, and doorstep interviews. There was a vast breadth of experience, but what tied every single story together was strength, stoicism, and defiance in the face of a patronising and dismissive media narrative about older people.
Every conversation overflowed with humour, wonder and entertainment at the seemingly small things like birds and gardening, and a gratitude for the generosity and protectiveness of neighbours and strangers alike.
Throckley Community Hall kindly facilitated our doorstop interviews with the older people they were supporting, and we visited Newcastle Central Mosque and Byker Mutual Aid as part of a different arm of this project. After seeing all of these teams in action and learning about the jaw dropping speed with which they mobilised and enveloped their communities, particularly older people, it became imperative to share their story entwined with Gloria’s. You can find out more about their work here.