COVID-19 Seminar Series

Doorbells Covid-19 film screening: where and how we live as we grow older

  • Venue: Zoom video conference platform
  • Start: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 14:30:00 BST
  • End: Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:00:00 BST

Screening of a humorous, poignant and reflective film short that asks questions about where and how we live as we grow older - followed by Q&A and discussion.  This seminar is led by the Fuse Healthy Ageing and Health Inequalities research programmes.  

Whether living alone, ageing without children or caring for others, what are our options? Using themes from the current pandemic and lockdown, we meet Kathleen whose life has changed, maybe for the better? Yet how do her choices resonate with our own? What choices do we really have about where we live now or in the future?

Doorbells Covid-19 has been commissioned by Care & Repair England and Elders Council of Newcastle and is supported by Rayne Foundation. It has been created by Skimstone Arts.

After the screening, we hope you will join us for the discussion and share your thoughts and questions about where and how we live as we grow older.

The discussion is part of Northumbria University’s evaluation of the Doorbells project (read more about this below) and some of the anonymised discussion notes may be used in project reports and journal articles. Joining the discussion is voluntary and by doing so, we assume that you give your consent for anonymised documented notes to be used in this way. Your input will help the Doorbells team to research ways of improving housing services for older people, people ageing without children, and carers.

If you have any questions about the project and its evaluation, please email Dr Natalie Forster, Northumbria University, on For further information, please click here.

This seminar was not recorded but we are hoping to be able to show the film screened during the event shortly.  In the meantime please read this Fuse research brief about the Doorbells project.


14:30 to 14:45 – Introduction and housekeeping (Dr Natalie Forster, Research Fellow, Northumbria University and co-lead of the Fuse Health Inequalities Research Programme)

14:45 to 14:55 – Film screening

14:55 to 15:10 – Q&A

15:10 to 15:15 – Short break/move into workshop groups

15:15 to 15:55 – Workshop discussions

15:55 to 16:00 – Close  

The Doorbells project

This film is part of a three-year project which aims to improve the lives of older people living alone, people ageing without children, and people who have primary responsibility for caring for an older relative, by addressing housing difficulties which people can face later in life. The Doorbells project is pioneering the use of the arts to support people to make well informed housing decisions and produce evidence on how to improve older people's housing services and alternative housing options. Doorbells began in 2014 with a theatre production, created with older participants’ input, about growing older in homes and neighbourhoods. Two further theatre productions and a film were also produced. Watch the previous Doorbells film short here.

The views expressed in the seminars are exclusively those of the presenter(s).


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