Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 30 October 2017

Opportunities for Action

Accessible Transport

The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on a draft accessibility action plan which sets out our proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities. The action plan covers a range of transport modes including:

  • Aviation
  • Rail
  • Buses
  • Taxis

While many people retain high levels of fitness and mobility into old age, there is a connection between age and disability (44% of those over Pension Age have a disability). Disability within an ageing population can take many forms, but will often bring a combination of factors, including some loss of vision and hearing, stiffness of joints, and reduction in the ability to walk long distances.

The consultation documents are available on the GOV.UK website – the consultation closes on 15 November 2017.

National Development Team for Inclusion

The National Development Team for Inclusion is a not for profit organisation working to enable people at risk of exclusion, due to age or disability, to live the life they choose. They inspire and support policymakers, services and communities to make change happen – change that leads to better lives.

As a result of an impending retirement NDTi is now looking to recruit a Programme Lead for Learning Disabilities. The successful candidate will be someone with the vision and passion needed to play a leading role in encouraging the debate about what people with learning disabilities want and need to live full and rewarding lives. They’ll be a creative, inspirational leader with strong interpersonal skills and proven expertise in delivering service change.

Full details and an accompanying Application Pack can be found on the NDTi website at

Older People’s Advocacy Alliance

OPAAL is seeking support for its bid for funding from the Aviva Community Fund for its dementia peer to peer project proposal.

You’ll get up to 10 votes and can use them all on one project or share them out.

For Information

Leeds Generations United


Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) has published Leeds Generations United, which highlights some of the brilliant intergenerational work being done in Leeds. The report features eight intergenerational projects as well as one project’s vision for future intergenerational work. The report highlights the benefits of each project as well as anything that didn’t work or that the project would have done differently in hindsight.

You can download the report from the LOPF website.


“Breaking New Ground”


The Housing Learning and Improvement Network (LIN) is a sophisticated network bringing together housing, health and social care professionals in England and Wales to exemplify innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

It has just published a report on the UK’s first senior cohousing community in High Barnet. This initiative was conceived and driven by a group of older women who, understanding that living alone as they grew old could leave them vulnerable, looked to each other to develop and share their social capital. their progress is set out in a recent report.


Grandma Williams


Grandma Williams blogs about the fun and nonsense of being ancient in a modern world and experiencing everyday ageism in all its glory.

You can read her recent blog “Retired? Think again!” on the Centre for Ageing Better website.

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