This September we thought, rather than simply focus on what was in achieved in month, why not reflect instead on what has been a really positive and productive year for the Alliance.
Here then are just a few of the selected highlights.
To coincide with International Older People’s Day, Age Action Alliance members supported a range of events across the UK.
It is estimated over a million people took part in over 6,000 events throughout the UK, our most successful to date.
The Alliance hosted a parliamentary Reception to mark its 1st anniversary. Over 100 members were able to join us.
As part of the Reception we took the opportunity to celebrate the work of the Safe, Warm Homes Working Group and the launch of the Warm Homes for Older People Guide.
As the winter nights drew in and thoughts turned to turning up the heating, we started the first of 24 workshops held across England that would accredit Older People to become Energy Efficiency Advocates.
As we saw in the New Year we waived a fond farewell to 2012 the European Year of Active Ageing.
Throughout 2012 Alliance members had contributed significantly to the legacy and questioned how the Alliance could take forward some of the positive approaches developed throughout the year. A new theme perhaps?
A busy month with a number of the Working Groups meeting. Age Friendly Environments, Loneliness and Isolation and Healthy Workplaces all meeting. February also saw the launch of the Green Deal which the Alliance was happy to signpost members to.
Having received confirmation that we could use European Legacy Funding to build our website we set about involving older people across the country in its early development. March also saw the first meeting of the new Partnership Board, while the Public Health and Active Lifestyles Working Group also met to discuss the AVONet research report.
Final testing on the website in the lead up to launch highlighted a number of last minute tweaks. We also added a new theme European Matters to continue some of the good work announced as part of EY2012.
We finally launched our new website. Received very positively, this was only possible with the input of our members, particularly older people who took time out to test and give feedback on the early test versions. To coincide with our new website the ABI hosted the launch of our Healthy Workplaces Guide and the Employer’s Business Case.
The Alliance was pleased to support the Dublin Agreement on Age Friendly Communities and Cities.
The Excluded Older People Group also published the first national survey of first contact schemes across England.
The Transport Working Group consulted with members on a range of subjects which included mobility scooters and bus shelters. The Alliance was also able to announce that it had been asked to host the re-launched National Database of Ageing Research which had been developed by the Centre for Policy on Ageing. The database covers a wide range of topics including workplace conditions, pensions, social care, carers and caring, retirement, dementia, health care, quality of life, and residential care.
August 2013/September 2013
While August was a relatively quiet month with members taking their summer holidays we still had time to issue a number of Blogs ranging from the SEEFA Policy Panel through to gadgets to assist people with dementia. We published the 4th edition of the warm homes for older people guide and announced details of our photo competition aimed at capturing positive images of active ageing in the UK, with Ostrich Care announced as the sponsor..
And these were just some of the highlights.
Age Action Alliance Secretariat.