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

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Negative and out of date attitudes towards older people not only impact older people and prevent progress in policy and practice in a number of areas.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.

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.”

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.