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

Creative Arts and Older People

Lucien-Paul Stanfield

Lucien-Paul Stanfield

Lucien-Paul Stanfield

I am delighted to be chairing the Creative Arts and Older People group. Our quarterly workshops, which started in late 2016, have been doing really well and are generally attended by around 40-50 people – so a great opportunity to network! However, we are always open to new ideas and new suggestions for how best to support our focal points listed below so please do get in touch if you would like to get involved.

Digital Participation

Leela Damodaran

Leela Damodaran

The Chair, Leela Damodaran, Emeritus Professor of Digital Participation and Participation at Loughborough University.  Leela’s expertise is in the behavioural aspects and human use of information and communications technologies (ICTs), the planning of change and transition, strategies for social and digital inclusion, citizen engagement and participation.

As well as engaging in research, she works as an independent policy advisor with government departments, local government, commercial companies, and other key stakeholder groups to inform policy and strategic decisions relating to ICT use and digital participation.

She also works extensively with communities and grass-roots organisations (e.g. the East Midlands Later Life Forum and the Action Group on Technology and Ageing of the South East England Forum on Ageing (SEEFA) to promote successful digital participation of older people).

 

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

Loneliness and Isolation – The journey so far

Loneliness is subjective, isolation is fact, some older people like to be alone and we call that solitude.  The definition of loneliness may be described as the gap between the amount of social contact individuals would love to have and the actual amount they do have, but there are other reasons.

There are thousands of people living on their own and many of them are extremely lonely. This is nothing new, but it has been highlighted in more recent years, as our lifestyles have changed rapidly for young people, adults and older people.

The projected longevity for 60-year olds remains high and every day many more people become lonely as bereavement strikes and couples separate or emigrate to far distant continents.  The Campaign to End Loneliness was launched seven years ago and the aim in the first few years was to raise awareness and identify those in the community at risk. Communities have been encouraged to develop social activities for older people to enable them to stay connected within their own communities.  At the same time, we began evaluating and gathering evidence of the detrimental effects on people’s health which loneliness can bring.

As Chair of the Loneliness and Isolation Working Group I am totally committed to The Campaign to End Loneliness: officially an ambassador for the Campaign, I have taken workshops to raise awareness and discussed what kind of projects have worked well. Encouraging those in the community to help develop social activities for those around them.  In some areas there is a very high number of older people as a percentage of the population.  Many in their final years of life may become disabled through acquiring a long-term illness and find themselves housebound.  It is this group in particular which we need to recognise, identify and act.

Members of the Working Group are all involved in providing services aimed at ending or reducing loneliness.  The quarterly meetings allow networking and sharing opinions on what works when a service is being developed, and members also contact each other outside the meetings.  We have excellent speakers at each meeting who talk about their work reducing Loneliness and other speakers who keep us up to date with research findings.

I have watched the growing awareness and actions taken by the NHS to offer a social prescription to those who show signs of the effects of loneliness.   Following my own work at the grassroots I am beginning to conclude that Befriending is one of the best services to end Loneliness.

Why not come to one of our meetings and hear first-hand how others are transforming lives.   Read what members have said about our meetings.

‘I think the value of the current set up for Loneliness and Isolation allows us to be proactive rather than not being able to include new issues which we may wish to become involved in’

‘Loneliness and Isolation is our theme, so we already have one.   We can in addition look at various good practices and have a variety of topics in a random fashion similar to current practice’

‘I have only attended 3 meetings of the AAA working group on Loneliness to date, but at each one I have made at least one useful contact whom I have then met outside of the meeting.  Two of these contacts are hopefully going to develop into some form of collaborative work in the future’

‘The AAA Working group on Loneliness is working well for me in its current form’

‘The AAA Loneliness and Isolation Working Group provides a great opportunity for people working across different sectors to discuss the issues around loneliness and isolation and to explore the solutions’

‘As the representative of a small organisation with national coverage I welcome the chance to meet others in the sector who often have greater experience. It is a chance to exchange news, share knowledge and explore ideas’

Money Matters

John Wellham

John Wellham

1: LOCAL

TRUSTEE of Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) Vice-Chair

Member of Leeds Ageing Well Board

Member of the Leeds Breakthrough Project- “Making Leeds the Best City in which to Grow Old”

Age Hub representative

Member of Leeds Equality Assembly

Trustee of Care & Repair Leeds ( and member of their Strategy and Finance Committee)

Committee Member of Civil Service Pensioners Association (CSPA)

 

2: REGIONAL

Vice- Chair of Future Years, the YH Forum on Ageing

Member of Regional National Pensioners’ Convention ( NPC)

Member of Care-Connect Advisory Committee ( based at Sheffield University)

Member of the YH Dementia Action Alliance ( YHDAA)

 

3: NATIONAL

Member of 3 Age Action Alliance ( AAA) Working Groups:

  • Transport
  • Money Matters
  • Safe, Warm Homes

Director of the English Age Network (EAN)

Member of Care & Repair England’s “National Older People’s Housing Champions’ Network”

Safe, Warm Homes

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications at NEA

Maria Wardrobe, Director of Communications at NEA

“NEA is delighted that the Age Action Alliance continues to thrive and provides a vehicle to get messages across to older people to help them keep safe and warm in their own homes. Assistance is available to help those on low incomes and there is a range of resources with links attached below to help them navigate the various schemes and programmes available.

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 send us a link to them on your website. Many thanks, Maria”

Transport

Prof. Roger Mackett. Centre for Transport Studies

Prof. Roger Mackett. Centre for Transport Studies

The Transport Working Group is interested in a range of issues that affect travel by older people. The Working Group has been involved in the consultation about the Department for Transport’s Accessibility Action Plan, carried out a survey on the use of mobility scooters by older people, and produced a report on the barriers to access for older people. A book entitled Transport, Travel and Later Life has recently been published. It has been edited by Dr Charles Musselwhite, Associate Professor in Gerontology at the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA) at Swansea University and a member of the AAA Transport Working Group. There is more information at http://books.emeraldinsight.com/page/detail/Transport-Travel-and-Later-Life/?K=9781787146242. It can be accessed as an e-book at https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/book/10.1108/S2044-9941201710. Alliance members who are interested in improving accessibility for older people are welcome to join the Group.

Newest Members

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  1. Carelink24
  2. Lifeline24
  3. St Christopher’s
  4. One Perfect Solution Ltd
  5. Homecare Services
  6. Mhor Collective
  7. Age of No Retirement
  8. South Cambridgeshire District Council
  9. Warwickshire Older People’s Forum
  10. Everlasting Care
  1. Zatu Games
  2. Toy Street
  3. My Bear Shop
  4. Careline365
  5. Telecare Choice
  6. Age Dynamic
  7. Claritas Hearing
  8. The Oddfellows
  9. Lenchs Trust
  10. Small Acts of Kindness

Key Resources

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  1. A guide to hosting Alliance Network Meetings
  2. AAA Progress Report May 2015
  3. AAA Working Group Chairs Meeting – 24th Sept. 2018
  4. Advice and guidance on Pension Credit for stakeholders
  5. Alliance Members Declaration
  6. Alliance Membership Agreement
  7. An introduction to Age Action Alliance (leaflet)
  8. Arts and older people forum Transition Focus Group Meeting Minutes 11 July 2016
  9. Basic Pension Credit Information
  10. British Gas Priority Services
  11. British Gas Warm Home Discount
  12. Connect for a Kinder Tomorrow – New Approaches to Loneliness – Jo Cox
  13. DAW May 2019 Flyer
  14. Dementia-Friendly Utilities Home Services
  15. Digital Inclusion – The Vision, the Challenges and the Way Forward
  16. EngAgeNet’s comprehensive new publication: ‘A New Narrative on Ageing’
  17. Falling off the Bandwagon
  18. Fuel Poverty Action Guide – Produced by NEA
  19. Healthy Work Places Meeting Minutes – 15th November 2018
  20. Healthy Working Lives – Managing Healthy Ageing Workforces
  21. Infographic – explaining the work of the Alliance
  22. Keep Warm, Keep Well – Leaflet
  23. Later Life in a Digital World – Meeting 5th March 2019
  24. Loneliness & Isolation – Meeting Minutes 20th September 2018
  25. Loneliness & Isolation Meeting Minutes – 5th March 2019
  26. Loneliness in Britain has Escalated from Personal Misfortune into a Social Epidemic
  27. Money Matters – Meeting Minutes 18th January 2018
  28. NEA Advice Videos
  29. Ofgem Vulnerability strategy
  30. Pension Credit Calculator
  31. PSR promise from the Safeguarding Customer Working Group
  32. Research: The role of a social context for ICT learning and support in reducing digital inequalities for older ICT users
  33. SEGB Resource Centre
  34. Skills and lifelong learning: Digital Participation
  35. Snapshot Analysis of the Age Action Alliance
  36. Understanding the Alliance (Powerpoint Presentation)
  37. Vulnerability as Affecting Older People in Rural Areas
  38. Writing a blog for the Age Action Alliance