‘Different Paths’ is a study of people aged 55+, led by Fife Centre for Equalities (FCE). We believe we all need to better understand the life-changing barriers experienced by people with protected characteristics. 

On this page, we present several themes that are shared across the life stories of several participants in the study. We hope that through the testimonies, you will gain insights on how human and protected characteristics have determined the life chances of participants across a wide range of environments and situations.

We ask if, today, you would take a different path?


Our participants shared their experiences of education, the barriers they faced and the impact that these had on their careers and life paths.


Our participants shared their experiences of employment, how they were treated, the barriers faced when applying for jobs and progressing their careers and what would’ve helped them overcome these barriers..


Our participants shared their experiences of transport.


Our participants shared their experiences of community safety.

Please note that this page is a work in progress! We will be regularly adding lots of new clips from our interviews, covering a wide range of different topics, experiences and more.

We are also in need of volunteers to help create these short clips! If you are experienced in digital media editing and would like to help out with the project, please get in touch.