It’s been a busy summer and we thought it was time to share some of what we’ve been up to with you all!
- Photo competition awards ceremony
Alliance member, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, kindly hosted a small celebratory event on 26 June at their London offices. Prizes were presented by Alliance co-chairs Caroline Abrahams (Age UK) and Andrew Latto (DWP) against a backdrop of winning entries on pull up banners – before photographers, organisations and older people enjoyed afternoon tea. The featured image for our Summer Highlights was provided by Age UK Camden and Bolder Voices.
- Photography Exhibition
The Alliance’s ‘No Negative’ exhibition. Featuring winning images from our photo competition, is now available for members to showcase at events. Several exhibitions are due to take place at the SW Forum’s Taking Care of Our Independence conference and Ransackers Association AGM, an Older People’s Day event and Dementia Café Open Day. The exhibition is kindly sponsored by Ostrich Care.
- Photo Gallery
Our photo gallery, featuring images submitted to our photo competition and ssubssequent donations, continues to be really popular and we receive regular requests for the photos, demonstrating that positive images are in demand. These include:
- Age UK Lambeth and Age Scotland (who also wish to emulate our competition and gallery) and Age UK’s Diversity Calendar
- The Silver Line
- East Midlands NPC (who will feature images in libraries).
- University of N.Carolina (Practice Development conference in Toronto) and Gerontological Society of America (annual conference in Washington DC).
- AAA First Contact Scheme Seminar
We collaborated with EAC and LGA to run a successful seminar on First Contact Schemes, bringing together local authority and voluntary sector practitioners and sharing advice and good practice on setting up a scheme. EAC have written a report and created a Prezzi to capture and share resources and a directory of collaborative referral schemes in operation.
- Working Group Chairs meeting
An excellent meeting of the Working Group Chairs took place on 4 August. Chairs offered updates on their group activities (a lot happening!). Our ‘Making Connections’ loneliness pilot is complete and evaluation is now underway. We were also joined by Dr Jonathan Collie, Trading Times, to discuss his crowd funded initiative, ‘The Age of No Retirement?’. The new Creative Arts group held its second meeting and agreed a focus on ‘access to the arts’. Funding will be sought to research evidence of the experience of older people, organisations and art facilitators. The Partnership Development Group and Communications Groups also met on 2 September.
- SW Regional Network
The SW regional AAA network held its second meeting in Taunton in June, with a focus on volunteering. People spoke passionately about older people as assets in their local communities who have a wealth of experience and knowledge they can bring to any organisation.
- Older People’s Day
Older People’s Day – join us, make a difference and pledge your support on this special day
Older People’s Day, 1 October isn’t far away. As you will be aware it is one of the many successful working groups of the Age Action Alliance.
The unique thing about Older People’s Day is every member of the Alliance can and should get involved so we are asking all members to pledge one action they will take – at the last count that is over 600 organisations that can make a difference!
To showcase your involvement, your logo and pledge will be featured on the Partners page of the Older People’s Day website – and your valued status as a member of Age Action Alliance will also be highlighted. We actively encourage you to promote your involvement in OPD across all your press, social media and media activities in the build up to the big day, and on Older People’s Day itself.
So what is Older People’s Day?
• UK Older People’s Day is held on 1 October which coincides with the UN International Day of Older Persons
• A national celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and to the economy
• An opportunity to tackle negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes
• Numerous organisations working across the country to deliver a wide range of activities and events on or around the 1st October.
To change attitudes to ageing by getting as much positive media coverage as possible.
How can you get involved?
Some ideas but the list is endless!
• Get the work of your organisation into a local or regional or national newspaper and feature Older People’s Day
• Add the Full of Life button to your website: http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk/organise-an-event/free-branding/
• Run your own Older People’s Day event – there are ideas and tools to help you do this on our website
• Support an event near you
• Take some photos of older people enjoying later life to add to Age Action Alliance gallery: http://ageactionalliance.org/galleries/
• Follow us on Twitter @olderpeoplesday #fulloflife and support Older People’s Day
• Join our Thunderclap to go out on October 1st – click on link to join in! http://t.co/tznwaJBfoG
Visit the Older People’s Day website and enter your pledge to support us: http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk/our-partners/