January 2013

Hello and Happy New Year to all Alliance Members!

See how Members have been working to get 2013 off to a good start here:

Monthly Highlights – January


Monthly Highlights – January 2013


  • Alliance Membership Latest

The Alliance now has 694 followers on Twitter and 296 organisations are now signed up as Alliance members.  Latest organisations to join are:


  • Sefton OPERA
  • EURAGE (European Research Group on Attitudes to Age)
  • Contact Point in Dunbartonshire
  • National Grid Affordable Warmth Solutions
  • Age UK Gateshead
  • Transport for All
  • North London Cares
  • Isothane Ltd
  • The Older Peoples Reference Group for Central Bedfordshire
  • Barnsley FC
  • The Dairy Council
  • Cleveland Police
  • Manage My Care
  • Devon Senior Voice
  • Generations Working Together
  • Sefton Carers Centre
  • Lotus Dementia Café
  • Age Inclusive
  • Avon and Somerset Police Senior Citizen Liaison Team


  • New      Website Coming Soon

Great progress is being made in developing a new website for the Alliance, due to launch in April 2013.  The architecture, or wireframes, and design are now agreed – subject to user testing – and the website is now under construction.  The new ‘home’ for the Alliance will provide better accessibility, more options for Members to communicate, store and share information and find out about partnership working and join up to take practical action.  In early March, user testing will take place and we’re looking for a range of people to take part.  If you would like to participate, please contact Emily.Georghiou@ageuk.org.uk or Russell.Taylor@dwp.gsi.gov.uk


  • European Year Legacy

The final meeting of the EY2012 Steering Group took place on 31 January.  Age Action Alliance was central to the agenda and discussion on how to take forward the legacy from last year’s European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations.  A theme page dedicated to keeping the legacy alive will be incorporated into the new website, funded by the European Commission, in addition to integrating relevant work under existing themes.  We hope to build on this in EY2013, the European Year of Citizens.


  • Rooted Guide Launch

Alliance Member UnLtd, with Nesta, launched their guide Rooted: Growing Your Own Social Venture which provides simple and practical advice and resources to enable older people to set up social enterprises and help benefit their local communities.  After the launch, UnLtd and fellow Alliance member CSV hosted the second meeting of the Alliance Working Group on the Social and Economic contribution of older people. The Working Group is working towards a longer term aim of supporting the pilot of a social enterprise.


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