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Help develop a brand new co-operative investment fund for ageing-related projects

An opportunity to take part in an online survey about savings and investments.

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The aim of this survey is to develop a first of its kind co-operative investment fund to finance new projects related to ageing and improving later-life.

Volunteer Criteria

To take part in the survey you must be:

  • 18+ years of age
  • a permanent UK resident
  • a financial decision maker in your household (e.g. involved in budget, savings and investment decisions)

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to answer a series of questions about your attitudes towards savings and investments. You will also be asked you opinions on a new website being developed.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. To take part in the survey click 'I would like to take part' at the top of the page to access the external survey page.

At the end of the survey you will be given the option to express your interest in attending a focus group to discuss the topic in more detail. This is not compulsory.

When and where?

This is an online survey so can be completed any time until Friday 26th July 2019.

If selected for one of the focus groups, these will take place on 31st July, 1st August and 2nd August, 10-12 in Newcastle.

Will I get anything for taking part?

Travel expenses will be reimbursed and refreshments provided at the focus groups. You will receive a voucher for taking part in the focus group.

Help develop a brand new co-operative investment fund for ageing-related projects Discussion

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  • Cal Desmond-Pearson
    17th August 2019

    Enjoyed the Forum on Thursday and look forward to seeing InvestAge developing! I'll even take some of my pittance out of the Credit Union and invest!

  • Ian Fairclough
    24th July 2019

    This is a small sample of what is already available for the older investor - I am still struggling to see how an unauthorised organisation can take our personal information :(

    But the big question is "WHY"?

    24th July 2019

    As previously explained in response to your other posts below, there is NO unauthorised access to peoples personal data and it is completely anonymous. Explicit consent needs to be given by participants if they wish to volunteer to be part of the focus group or made aware of future news on the project, in which case, only then details like name and email address will be requested to enable us to contact those who are interested in taking part further.

    Therefore, participation in this is survey is 100% optional. If at any point, people are still uncomfortable with the questions asked in the survey, they have the option to opt-out at any point.

    The why has also been explained previously below - this research is to help the co-operative to understand the types of age-related-projects that its potential beneficiary members (older demographics) would most like to see its funds distributed, as well as the general interest in the concept overall.

    Ian Fairclough
    25th July 2019

    Hello - I wish you had given us some references so that we could read & understand about you before doing the survey - or was this deliberate(?)

    I found these web references which give more information on "who - what - why" and reading these changes my opinion/attitude.

    So...... for anyone else who may be interested:

    Cal Desmond-Pearson
    17th August 2019

    No wonder you have Mister Grumpy as your avatar - all you do is moan and complain!

    Ian Fairclough
    17th August 2019

    lol - No - I'm just careful.

    Money is personal - when you don't know who you may be dealing with.

    For example, I don't know who "NeilB_NUBS" is - the description of the aims is a bit wishy-washy.

    I am old - money is personal - I am careful - Once it is gone I can't get a refill.

    I comment & ask questions - I don't moan or complain :)

  • David Stewart-David
    24th July 2019

    I've responded previously, but had a repeat request. A second response is offered.

    VOICE Head Office
    24th July 2019

    Hi David, If you've already completed the survey, you don't need to do so again. If you are interested in taking part in a follow-up focus group, please contact

  • Ian Fairclough
    12th July 2019

    Who are these people?

    Are they registered, financial advisors?

    Are they a commercial company?

    How do I know that my details will be safe with them?

    Is VOICE recommending them - if "YES" then what are your registration details?

    Why is VOICE doing this - what does VOICE get out of this?

    Helen Sandford
    12th July 2019

    This project is being led by a Newcastle University PhD student from the Business School who is working with a business to find out about what people's attitudes towards savings and investments are. As always with VOICE we take the security of your data very seriously and your personal details won't be shared with any third parties without your explicit permission.

    12th July 2019

    Hi Ian - Thanks for your questions and concern.

    This research is a brand-new co-operative investment membership fund that is being developed to help finance programmes related to "later-life" issues. When visiting the website, by clicking on the relevant links, you will be able to find out a lot more information about exactly who the founders of this organisation are and their exact credentials.

    The fund which is hoping to open later this year is also registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

    The purpose of this research is to help the co-operative to understand the types of age-related-projects that its potential members would most like to see its fund and the general interest in the concept.

    VOICE is independent of the company that we are generating feedback for and in no way provides its endorsement of this fund or will never provide financial advice. It is merely providing its online platform to help the co-operative understand the interest in the fund and how to best cater to its potential future members.

    Please be reassured, nobody is under any obligation to register with InvestAge on their website. The choice is entirely optionally for the respondent.

    Hope this clears things up. Thank you.


    Ian Fairclough
    12th July 2019

    I completed the survey - It was quite simple except for a couple of points.

    Question 4 - Gender - why only two choices - Male & Female?

    Question 8 - you don't state if you want gross or nett income.

    You didn't remove the end portion where you ask people to give their personal details.

    A general comment - most of the things you say you will support are already adequately supported(my opinion).

    12th July 2019

    Question 4 has now been updated to enable respondents to specify other choices. Question 8 is gross income. The last question about personal details has been clarified as being completely OPTIONAL , as there has been interest from respondents who do want to be involved in the focus groups and register their interest in finding out more.

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Andy Bojke
    24th July 2019

    I don't seem to be able to get to the questionaire so perhaps you can enlighten me - what other choices ?? Although there are, of course, transgenders - as far as I know there are still only 2 genders

    VOICE Head Office
    25th July 2019

    Hi Andy, here is the link to the survey if you're interested in taking part: