Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 16 October 2017

Opportunities for Action

ILC-UK Ageing Society Pub Quiz and 2017 Factpack Launch

Over the past three years, ILC-UK has produced 5 major factpacks, which aim to highlight the latest evidence of our changing demography. This year factpack will focus on how older consumers spend to maintain and increase their wellbeing.

Instead of simply presenting you with the latest information about ageing in UK society, we intend to use our factpack launch to test your knowledge on a range of issues related to older people and experiences in later life. That’s why, as in 2016, our 2017 factpack will be launched at a pub quiz. This launch will break away from the run-of-the-mill seminar and allow you the opportunity to network and have fun whilst testing your knowledge of the issues of an ageing society.

  • Date and time: Wednesday 22 November 2017, 18:00 – 20:30
  • Venue: The Griffin Room, Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD

We have only limited spaces available and we expect these to be in high demand, so please do register ASAP via Eventbrite.

Making Britain a better place to grow old


As part of the annual Festival of Social Science, the National Centre for Social Research is hosting an event inviting people aged 50+ to discuss how to make Britain a better place to grow old.


This interactive, inclusive workshop will introduce guests to the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). We’ll share our key findings along the themes of living comfortably, contributing to society, getting the right care, staying connected and having a voice.

  • Date and time: Thursday 9 November 2017, 18:00 – 20:00
  • Venue: Health Foundry, Canterbury House, 1 Royal Street, London SE1 7LL


Visit Eventbrite for more information and to reserve places.

Launch of Big Energy Saving Network 2017 /18


The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) 2017/18 application process is now open to eligible third sector organisations and community groups.


Organisations are invited to make an application for funding by no later than 5pm on Friday 27 October 2017.


The Application Form and Guidance Document can be found on the BEIS website. 


BESN is a £1.7 million programme jointly funded by the BEIS and National Energy Action (NEA) to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers.


Following the success of the first 4 years, BEIS is pleased to launch the application process for grant funding of the 2017 to 2018 programme. BESN delivers an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs and consumption.

This funded outreach programme will run through autumn/winter 2017 to 2018, with outreach activity concluding on Friday 30 March 2018. The programme of outreach will be led by specially trained Network Champions who will co-ordinate the training of further volunteers and frontline workers. These volunteers and frontline workers will in turn deliver proactive advice to consumers on energy issues via an assisted action approach.


Please note that the same Champion cannot be nominated by more than 1 organisation and that a Champion appointed by NEA cannot be nominated for BEIS funding.


If you have any questions about the application process please contact


Money, mental health and ageing: a panel discussion


Join the Personal Finance Research Centre and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) for a special panel discussion on money, mental health and ageing.


The population in the UK is both growing and ageing. By 2040, 75 and overs will double to around 10 million. By 2045, around 1 in 4 people in the UK will be aged 65 or over. While average pensioner income has increased by an estimated 50% in real terms between 1995 and 2011, we know there are a significant number of people aged 50 and over who are struggling to manage financially. Many of these people will suffer poor mental health as a consequence. It is imperative this relationship is taken into account in policy and practice.

This panel event brings together experts from the fields of public policy, mental health advocacy and vulnerable consumer protection.

  • Date and time: Thursday 23 November 2017, 14:00 – 16:00
  • Venue: School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, University Road, Bristol, BS8 1SS


Visit Eventbrite for more information and to reserve a place.

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