Older People's Reference Group

Brian Todd

What were your involvements before NDA?

 Before hearing about the NDA I was, and still am the Hon Secretary of the Blackburn with Darwen Older Peoples Forum. I am also Chairman of the Ewood Community Association and member of the Labour Party. I was a Social Worker for about 40 years, starting with a voluntary Organisation; the Ulster Society for the Deaf, going on the Statutory as Senior Social Worker; Principal Social Worker (Residential and Day Care) and concluding as Training Manager with Lancashire County Council. After receiving redundancy from Social Services I was an External Verifier with Edexcel for several years on Health and Social Care courses.

Why did you join the OPRG?

I am quite curious and wish to try and use the results of research in day to day services. I thought that some involvement with the OPRG would allow me insight into current research and what I learnt I could try to get applied locally for the benefit of older people.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of the OPRG?

I am only at the beginning of my relationship with OPRG and I would hope to get involved with any activities reasonably locally as and when such opportunities arise.

What would you like to see the NDA achieve?

I should like any results to be widely disseminated and where appropriate introduced where the lives and status of Older People can be improved. I see research as a means to an end and if not implemented, where evidence show that there are benefits, I would be concerned.

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