Older People's Reference Group

Teresa LeFort

What were your involvements before NDA?

Teresa LeFort

Before I retired I was a silver service waitress and my last job was at Brunel University where I was active in the union. In 1986, I completed my Certificate in Industrial Relations & Trade Union Studies. Two years later I started on my Degree Course with the Open University finishing in 1995 with a BSC, which I collected in Paris a year later. I have recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Gerontology at Southampton University. I was part of BGOP/OPAG from 1999-2009, when I resigned to continue my studies at University. I am Chair of the Ransackers Association a project which was started by Vi Hughes in 2004, giving Older People a chance of Further Education.

Why did you join the OPRG?

I joined because I was interested in research. I originally wanted to go round the world and & interview old people about the little things in life that mean a lot! (as the words of the song go), but could not do this, so the OPRG seemed a very interesting opportunity.

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

Being part of the research projects and trying to understand what is involved in a research project.

What would you like to see the NDA achieve?

I would like the OPRG to get its own research project off the ground, involving older people in their own areas of interest, but of course we would need a university behind us.

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