The second meeting was exploratory and time was spent looking forward positively to find out what is of common interest and how we can work together as an effective group, find new ways to influence and inform; create networks and work towards for practical outcomes.
After a useful discussion it was agreed that the theme group should focus on an achievable activity that would make a positive impact and a real difference. It was agreed it would concentrate on “Access to Creative Arts” considering the different topics outlined in the brief notes below. Why should we do this?…
1. Arts as preventative and benefit to all throughout their lives including older people during their life course.
2. To widen opportunities and choices in a full range of arts which older people (as well as others) can decide what they want to get involved in.
3. To influence decision makers and policy makers so that creative arts for older people become a higher priority and does not fall through the net because it is positioned within arts and culture, health & social care, lifelong learning, leisure and sports, libraries and museums.
4. To include carers and intergenerational opportunities
5. There will need to be more artists, facilitators and volunteers
6. Older people themselves can be more involved and share their expertise, develop their abilities and be involved in their communities
7. Arts bring people together so encouraging engagement and social cohesion.
Scilla and I want to be authentic, and we hope you will want to join in and contribute to make this happen – please get in touch through the Age Action Alliance website.