The Festival runs from 3-10 November 2018 and includes over 300 events across the UK. With everything from film screenings, exhibitions, workshops and walks to debates and hands-on experiences, there are events suitable for all ages and all walks of life. For further details about the national programme and to find out more about how social science affects your everyday life please go to https://esrc.ukri.org/public-engagement/festival-of-social-science/.
The research team at the National Centre of Post-Qualifying Social Work and Professional Practice are organising two separate events this year. These ESRC Festival of Social Science events will showcase recent research and best practice responses to supporting people with issues around sexual well-being and dealing with ageing and loneliness. Alongside key presentations there will be opportunities to think creatively about how both agencies can work together to build creative responses to tackle these issues.
The first event takes place on 5th November and will explore how good health and social care practices can support people with their sexual well-being. Speakers will consider the potential impact of a range of disabilities on sexual well-being and the types of support needed. In addition the law in relation to sexual expression will be discussed as well as thinking about achieving sexual well-being following sexual trauma. Time will be available to discuss the issues raised by speakers and participants. Click here to view the event page
The second event is on 7th November and builds on the very popular day held during last year’s Festival of Social Science on exploring creative ways to combat loneliness. Caring Canines will be returning this year by popular demand and the day will highlight activities to share with others including origami and a meditation and relaxation session. Speakers will explore current research about loneliness and financial scams and will include showing digital stories made as part of research investigating financial abuse from scams as well as digital games currently being developed. The event will also explore the role of social prescribing to combat social isolation and loneliness. This event is aimed at members of the public and professionals working in the area of ageing and loneliness. Click here to view the event page
For further information about the events please contact:
Event 1: Dr Sally Lee, Lecturer Social Work email@example.com
Event 2: Professor Lee-Ann Fenge, Director of the Centre for Seldom Heard Voices firstname.lastname@example.org
Location of both events: Citygate Centre, 138A Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8AS
Lunch and refreshments during each day are provided.
To book a place at Partnerships to Promote Sexual Well-being on 5th November please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/partnerships-to-promote-sexual-well-being-tickets-51240799611
To book a place at Creative Responses to Ageing and Loneliness on 7th November please go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/creative-responses-to-ageing-and-loneliness-tickets-51241170721