South West Age Action Alliance Network

We believe that by working together, sharing knowledge and best practice, and pooling resources and ideas, we can achieve far more. In particular, we think there is huge scope for collaborating on a local and regional level – tackling real issues on the ground.

For further information please contact either:

Claire Miller, Chief Operating Officer, LinkAge Bristol: clairemiller@linkagewestofengland.org.uk

or

Tony Watts, Chair South West Forum on Ageing: tony.watts@swfoa.org.uk

 

A Message from the Chair

Claire Miller, Chief Operating Officer, LinkAge Bristol

Claire Miller, Chief Operating Officer, LinkAge Bristol

On a national level there are now well over 500 members of the Age Action Alliance but there is huge scope for collaborating on a local and regional level and both LinkAge and the South West Forum of Ageing are keen draw on the national best practice to establish a local network. Both organisations believe that by working together, sharing knowledge, best practice, and pooling resources and ideas, we can achieve far more in tackling real issues.

Tony Watts, Chair South West Forum on Ageing

Tony Watts, Chair South West Forum on Ageing

We are really excited about these developments as we know that together we are stronger and we can accomplish tangible positive change for senior’s across the Southwest.

We want to say a huge thank you to Novotel Bristol for providing us with such a wonderful, free venue for our first meeting and for supporting the development of the all new South West Age Action Alliance!!

Current Focus

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On the 17th June 2014, Age Action Alliance South West held its second meeting at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. With over 30 delegates attending, the event focused on how we can work together to encourage older people to volunteer across the South West. People spoke passionately about how older people are assets in their local communities and have a wealth of experience and knowledge they can bring to any organisation. For a report of the meeting (with photos) click here 

For sight of the project plan produced as a result of the meeting click here

Click here to view the wall feedback from the 17th June meeting

Click here to view the terms of reference for the SW Alliance

The first meeting in the South West was hosted jointly by the South West Forum on Ageing and LinkAge Bristol on 3rd March 2014, with kind sponsorship from the Novotel Hotel.

This inaugural meeting consisted of a brief introduction from Tony Watts (SWFoA) and Claire Miller (LinkAge), presentations from Sue Jaques on Precious Time (South Gloucestershire Council), and  Nicola Venus-Balgobin from Sense – for deaf blind people. The meeting was then handed over to the attendees and the rest of the time was spent with the group discussing what they wanted from a South West Age Action Alliance meeting/network and what they were going to do to make it work.

We were joined by over 40 people from a real range of organisations across the southwest and the feedback was really positive with people keen for us to establish a regular South West Age Action Alliance group so that they could meet with and learn from other people across the Southwest. Thank you to all the people who attended and if anyone else would like to join contact us.

Please click here to see what people had to say! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIO6K5zXMnM&feature=youtu.be

A report  on the first South West Age Action Alliance meeting is now available on the LinkAge website. It also has the video embedded in it. http://www.linkagebristol.org.uk/article/age-action-alliance—south-west-meeting.aspx

The meeting began a mapping process so that we can begin to understand what is taking place locally, what is working well and then give you the opportunity to meet with and create links with other likeminded organisations in order to drive pieces of work forward.

And also hopefully lead to some conclusions on practical ways in which we can work going forward – either formally or informally – on areas that might include tackling loneliness and isolation, fuel poverty, digital exclusion, transport… whatever matters most!

 

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