Most of the activity within the Age Action Alliance takes place within the working groups which exist under each Alliance theme.

There are currently working groups working across all the areas indicated below

Age Friendly Environments

Paul McGarry Manchester City Council (Valuing Older People Programme)

Paul McGarry Manchester City Council (Valuing Older People Programme)

Alan Hatton Yeo and I are joint chairs of the Age Friendly Environments working group, bringing our different and complimentary experiences.

Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE Lead Consultant at Communities for All Ages UK

Alan Hatton-Yeo MBE Lead Consultant at Communities for All Ages UK

Our group is considering the requirements for environments, communities and cities that promote positive opportunities for people to be able to age well with reduced barriers to participation and engagement in civic life.

Attitudes to Ageing

Gillian Peel, Age UK Darlington

Gillian Peel, Age UK Darlington

Negative and out of date attitudes towards older people not only impact older people and prevent progress in policy and practice in a number of areas. They also mean society misses out on the huge potential older people have to offer and rely on arbitrary numbers and stereotypes to judge when a person is ‘old’.

I am delighted to chair the Alliance Working Group working to improve attitudes to ageing which influence how older people are treated. Our members want to work in partnership to promote positive attitudes to ageing and continue to identify specific areas of work we might take forward together.You can find out more about what we’re doing and who’s involved below.

 

Creative Arts

Jackie Richards

Jackie Richards

Jackie Richards – Founder/Manager Creative Dance 60+

Hi there! I am delighted to be co-chairing the Creative Arts and Older People theme group with Scilla. The first theme group meeting was very positive and all who attended wanted it to continue. It is early days so watch this page as it develops and share your ideas and network. Older people wherever they are in their life course can enjoy being creative. This theme group can contribute to there being more choices and increased opportunities for meaningful activities that will enhance and enrich older people’s lives.

Dr Scilla Dyke

Dr Scilla Dyke

The power and potential of the creative arts to enhance lives and wellbeing, to influence, impact on, engage and inspire, touch – even change lives, has never been greater. The importance of access to, and choice of meaningful and relevant creative opportunities through imaginative, inclusive collaborations, partnerships, individual and community engagement – is my passion and a driving force in the ever-evolving theatre of life.

Dr Scilla Dyke MBE, Royal Academy of Dance

 

Digital Inclusion

Nigel Lewis CEO AbilityNet

Nigel Lewis CEO AbilityNet

The Digital Inclusion Group considers that the digital inclusion of older people is critical not just for older people themselves but for the government and wider society. Key government policy areas are heavily reliant on citizens having digital skills to access, or participate in, or influence services and activities.

Healthy Workplaces

Denise Keating Chief Executive Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

Denise Keating Chief Executive Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei)

It has been a real pleasure to lead this work because of the commitment of the group’s members and the potential it offers for improving the lives of older people in the workplace.

We have developed a Healthy & Productive Workers Leaflet for small and medium employers which is drawn from a comprehensive Employer Business Case supported by an on-line Resources Pack providing employers with practical solutions for managing a healthy productive ageing workforce. These are being promoted widely throughout 2013 to employers nationally, locally and by business sector.

Loneliness & Isolation

Shelagh Marshall. Chair of Future Years

Shelagh Marshall. Chair of Future Years

Shelagh works closely with the Campaign to End Loneliness, and is a significant influence on strategy and raising awareness of current published research. She is committed to ensuring best practice and current research are shared and used as widely and effectively as possible within the Age Action Alliance network, and beyond.

Shelagh was awarded an OBE in June 2014 for her work with the elderly.

 

 

 

Money Matters

Barry Wilford

Barry Wilford

The AAA finance group is tasked with working together to find practical and outcome-focused solutions to problems faced by older people engaging with their money.

North West Age Action Alliance

Viv Gee Co-ordinator North West Age Action Alliance

Viv Gee Co-ordinator North West Age Action Alliance

We would love to hear from you – if you are a NW organisation who has joined or is considering joining the Age Action Alliance, and would like to get involved locally to improve the lives of older people, do contact us either through the website, or direct to Viv Gee: vivgee20@gmail.com

 

Viv Gee, previously Head of 5050vision in the region, is acting as coordinator for the group.

 

 

Older People’s Day

Our aim is to get as much positive media coverage to change negative attitudes to ageing. There are many things you can do to support Older People’s Day. You can arrange events to celebrate the day and these vary from shorter half-day activities to month long festivals offering many different and often on-going, opportunities….and it’s never dull!

You could produce and issue a press release to support the day or use the day as a platform to showcase the excellent work you do.

Public Health & Active Lifestyles

Duane Newton

Duane Newton

Duane Newton, Health & Wellbeing programme manager at the ASA

I am delighted to chair the Public Health & Active Lifestyles group and look forward to building on the positive progress made over the last three years. Together with the support of the ever growing membership we will work together to enable older people to live a fun, healthy and active lifestyle by.

  • Identifying cost effective practical approaches that support and enable an active lifestyle.
  • Encouraging members / organisations to adopt evaluated programmes – on their own or in partnership.
  • Collecting the evidence to present and influence the health professional world.

Research

Gilly Crosby

Gilly Crosby

Building and sharing an evidence base is an important cross-cutting theme for the Age Action Alliance.

Claire Turner

Claire Turner

Through the Research Group, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Centre for Policy on Ageing are working together and with others to support Age Action Alliance members to access and share evidence.

Safe, Warm Homes

Maria Wardrobe Director of External Affairs National Energy Action

Maria Wardrobe Director of External Affairs National Energy Action

“NEA is delighted that after two successful years, the Alliance has over 600 members. Members have been instrumental in helping NEA deliver two research programmes and another currently underway with funding from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The programmes have aimed to identify how older people can be better supported to access the advice and support available to them on matters relating to fuel poverty and energy efficiency in order to maximise the benefit to these households.

If you haven’t already joined the Alliance please do so. If you have any resources or information relevant to the Safe Warm Homes Group please let us know so we can feature them on our site.”

South West Age Action Alliance Network

Claire Miller, Chief Operating Officer, LinkAge Bristol

Claire Miller, Chief Operating Officer, LinkAge Bristol

On a national level there are now well over 500 members of the Age Action Alliance but there is huge scope for collaborating on a local and regional level and both LinkAge and the South West Forum of Ageing are keen draw on the national best practice to establish a local network. Both organisations believe that by working together, sharing knowledge, best practice, and pooling resources and ideas, we can achieve far more in tackling real issues.

Tony Watts, Chair South West Forum on Ageing

Tony Watts, Chair South West Forum on Ageing

We are really excited about these developments as we know that together we are stronger and we can accomplish tangible positive change for senior’s across the Southwest.

We want to say a huge thank you to Novotel Bristol for providing us with such a wonderful, free venue for our first meeting and for supporting the development of the all new South West Age Action Alliance!!

Transport

Prof. Roger Mackett. Centre for Transport Studies

Prof. Roger Mackett. Centre for Transport Studies

TheWorking Group has identified the need to examine evidence on the barriers to access for older people and ways of overcoming them. Professor Roger Mackett of University College London who chairs the Transport Working Group of the Age  Action Alliance has produced a report that assembles the evidence including information on the capabilities of older people.  The Report is now available here or from the list of resources towards  the foot of the page

Valuing Older People’s Contribution

Hannah McDowall, UnLtd

Hannah McDowall, UnLtd

Over the last year we have looked to break open the traditional models of older people’s volunteering, working, entrepreneurship and mentoring, and find out about other flexible models which allow for variable time commitment, a possibility of payment and different degrees of autonomy. We have looked at those already being used, and have thought about how our own models can be combined to bring innovative opportunities to older people.

Duncan Tree, CSV

Duncan Tree, CSV

Hannah and I jointly chair this group, bringing together members which have complimentary expertise in the different ways that older people can contribute to the economy and to society.