The Age Action Alliance – A new beginning
Dear Age Action Alliance member
The Age Action Alliance is a unique network which brings together older people and organisations. It celebrates the lives of older people, their contribution to society and seeks practical ways to improve services and support to older people.
As a member of the Alliance you will know that following our launch in 2011 the Age Action Alliance has steadily grown and evolved to the point where today the Alliance has over 850 member organisations. It’s great that this membership is drawn from the private, voluntary and statutory sectors. And with nine active working groups, and a growing presence on social media, we have shown that our approach to developing meaningful partnerships has worked and is recognised for its success.
For the past six years the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Age UK have proudly provided the administration and secretarial support that has allowed the Alliance to function and to build the partnerships which drive action and co–operation.
In this ever changing world, innovation and focused engagement are pre-requisites for continued success and sustainability. Following extensive consultation with our Partnership Development Board, it was agreed that the time was right to bring in some fresh thinking, new ideas and impetus.
I am therefore delighted to confirm that enei (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion) has agreed to take on the admin and secretarial functions provided previously by DWP and Age UK. To help us through a short transition period the International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK) and the recently formed EngAgeNet (English Age Network) will provide strategic insight and ensure that the voice of older people remains at the heart of the Alliance.
So what will this mean for Alliance members?
Initially there should be little or no change. Members will continue to receive their weekly newsletter. Working groups will continue to meet and members will still be able to keep up to date with relevant news and activity via twitter. Our aim is to move our existing website across to enei by 14 August 2017, at which point they will take over the Admin/Secretarial function. Later this year a new website will be launched that will increase the Alliance’s capacity and ability to interact with its members.
To facilitate a smooth transition, the Secretariat will share with enei the e-mail addresses that members have provided previously. Should you have any concerns or questions, please let us know by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 28 July.
We genuinely believe this is a positive move for the Alliance and hope that you will join us in that view. It is probably worth mentioning that both DWP and Age UK remain committed to the Alliance. We will provide regular updates to members as we develop our approach through transition, including detail on support available, proposed new governance arrangements, contact information and opportunities for members to get involved.
Russell Taylor and Alan Trevor – on behalf of the AAA Secretariat