Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 06 March 2017

This week we welcome new member


 Opportunities for Action


  • The West Midlands Later Life Forum would like to invite you to the launch of their new report, Getting Older – A New Experience, which examines the impact of ageing on the individual and on the economic & social functioning of society. The date is Wednesday 22 March, 10.00 – 15.00 at The Studio, Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP, and lunch is included. The event offers the opportunity for those involved in businesses, public & voluntary services and local & national government to explore the changes that are happening, as our population ages, and the actions that are needed to adapt successfully to them. The day will include contributions from Dr Karen West, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Aston University, Jemma Mouland, Senior Programme Manager – Innovation, Centre for Ageing Better and Emily Georghiou, Local Influencing Adviser, Age UK. Click here for details on how to register to attend.


  • Age UK London have an opportunity for older people with an interest in helping make London more age friendly. Attend one of their Focus Groups and help tackle age discrimination in service delivery across London? Whether it’s building design or banking, housing or health care, leisure activities or local authorities, older people are increasingly shown to experience ageist attitudes and behaviours when accessing various services. Age Allies is a brand new 3 years programme being developed by Age UK London that will help tackle age discrimination and issues around access to services in London. Funded by the City Bridge Trust, it will develop and deliver a series of workshops within various public organisations (such as Councils and NHS organisations) and private sector companies who then pledge to make improvements to service delivery and staff attitudes towards older users. Participants will then cascade and promote the Age Allies agenda within their organisations. They are holding a series of focus groups and need YOUR valuable insight and involvement. Can you spare a couple of hours to help design the programme to make it as successful as possible and maximise its impact. They want to hear the views of older people on the current attitudes/behaviour towards when accessing various services in London and what improvements could be made? Click on the following links for registration details of the two workshops in London on 28 and 29 March.


  • Age UK Lambeth have published their newsletter for the month of March. It features activities for older people in and close to Lambeth borough. All are free unless otherwise stated. Click here to see what’s going on!


For your information


  • The Beth Johnson Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of its Review of Recent Activities. After a very successful year working on age related projects, this publication showcases how these have made a real difference to people’s lives and highlights some of the areas explored that are relevant to older people. Their mission of being at the forefront of conducting cutting edge research, advising policy makers and initiating pioneering age-friendly programmes remains strong. They want everyone to enjoy a great later life, which means we as a society need to make changes at a strategic and practical level.  To download the review go to via the BJF website If you would like a hard copy contact


  • AAA member, United for All Ages, aims to build stronger communities and a stronger country by bringing younger and older people together and promoting a Britain for all ages. Rather than dividing generations, we need social and economic policies and projects that unite all ages. Everyone should have the chance to work, somewhere decent to live and support for families with caring responsibilities. Underpinning action on homes, care and jobs should be fair taxation, shifting the balance from taxing income to taxing wealth. Find out more on the latest news from United for All Ages here.


  • The March to April 2017 edition of the Elders Council of Newcastle newsletter is out now, and it is also available on the Elders Council website. Click here to read about what’s happening in Newcastle.


  • Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach This publication encourages businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers and presents the benefits of a fuller working life. ‘Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach’ explains how as the population ages, employers need to draw on the skills and experience of older workers to avoid loss of labour. It also explains how working longer can improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and bring the benefits of a multi-generational workforce to businesses. It sets out a number of new recommendations directly from businesses to support older workers to remain in the workforce and to help employers retain, retrain and recruit older workers so they have fuller working lives. Recommendations around flexible working, retraining for a new career, self-employment, volunteering and phased retirement are put forward in the policy paper. Click here to access the document and background evidence publications.


  • The DCMS-led cross Government Digital Strategy published on 01 March will be formally launched by Karen Bradley (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport) shortly at Entrepreneur First. The strategy sets out plans to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the global digital evolution and ensure that the benefits of digital are felt more widely by businesses and individuals. It seeks to set the direction but ongoing industry engagement, in areas like the review of Artificial Intelligence and the suggested Secretary of State/tech industry forum, will inform future direction. Click here to find out more.

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