About 'Choice'

The Dewis Choice Project

Dewis Choice is a Big Lottery UK funded community-led project, based within the Centre for Age, Gender and Social Justice at Aberystwyth University.


Pictured L to R are the Principal investigators, Sarah Wydall, John Williams and Alan Clarke.


Older people are ignored, invisible and overlooked in research, policy and practice.

We are the first dedicated service (2015+) across the UK that has been designed and evaluated by older people, key practitioners and policymakers to integrate justice, civil, criminal and restorative options with wellbeing support. We are an organic service that is evolving with our learning and input from our clients and partners.

Below are members of the Design Group at one of the meetings in Carmarthen.

We provide new solutions to addressing conflict and difficulties people aged 60 years and over face within their relationships with friends, family and intimate partners. Through active involvement with people who have first-hand experience we are able to ensure their voice is at the heart of the solution.

The project involves awareness raising, providing direct support to clients and engaging with policy-makers to ensure services are responsive to all older people’s needs (inclusive of gender and sexuality).

Below are members of the Design Group at one of the meetings in Cardiff.

Although the project is primarily delivering a service, we are also conducting research to capture older people’s ‘lived experiences’ of healthy, unhealthy and/or abusive relationships in later life.

To find out more about the bespoke service click here The Dewis Choice Service or the research element click here The Research Element.