Participant Detail

Name: Helen Hills
Age: 40

Helen is the manager of the PRT Carers Centre, which is the main point of contact for support if you are a carer in Salford. She explained her line of work, and the facilities she would ideally like.


5th Year
Aged 24
My Overview: "Knowing More"

At the Age Friendly City conference in November, I met with Dr Richard Ward, a project worker at the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, University of Manchester, who wanted to work with an architecture student for an upcoming interdisciplinary study. After email communication we formed a collaborative research team with Dr Andrew Clark, a lecturer at the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford. In this team we secured seed-corn funding from the University of Manchester through their newly established ageing research network; MICRA (Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing) to carry out a small scale pilot study. The aim of this study was to gain an understanding of the relationship between neighbourhoods and people affected by dementia (i.e. those with a diagnosis and those who care for them), with my involvement bringing knowledge of urban design and architecture to the research. Prior to starting this research, I personally undertook a process of engagement with the community, to understand the general implications related to providing care and support for people affected by dementia in Salford.

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PRT Carers Centre: Sketch of waiting/reception area
PRT Carers Centre: Sketch of waiting/reception area