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Hear Our Stories: Understanding how Strength and Resourcefulness shape African-Caribbean Women’s Experiences of Ageing, Health and Wellbeing in Coventry


Since the post-war period, Coventry has had an established African-Caribbean community, which is also part of a rapidly ageing society.

Overwhelmingly, how we understand these communities’ experiences of ageing is dominated by a focus on making mainstream services more responsive to their needs. There is limited understanding about how older African-Caribbean women cope with ageing.

Through a series of workshops with a group of African-Caribbean female elders, the project will draw on participants’ life stories to explore the interplay of ‘strength’ and ‘resourcefulness’ and how it shapes their experiences of ageing, health and wellbeing in Coventry.

The project is led by Dr Ravi Thiara (Department of Sociology, Warwick) and Dr Geraldine Brown (Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry)