Two years ago today, on 30 September, the Age Action Alliance was launched. Just over 100 cross-sector organisations and older people joined together with a shared commitment to promote collaborative working and provide practical solutions to improve older people’s lives.
With the support of Age UK and the Department for Work and Pensions – providing joint secretariat to get the network going – and input from Alliance members and supporters, the network has now grown to an impressive 439 members!
The work of the Alliance continues to focus around the 13 established Themes and related working groups. Members have the opportunity to network with other older people and organisations and share good practice. Each of the groups also aims to use this collective knowledge to promote collective solutions, achieving more than a single person, organisation or sector can achieve alone.
Over the past two years, we have seen the Alliance bring people together who might otherwise not have met or worked together. Members pool their expertise, their time and resources and all work at their own speed, responding to events or working proactively. Our anniversary event in Parliament last year celebrated the work of the Safe Warm Homes, who continue to update their Warm Homes for Older People guide so that it remains relevant for members.
Earlier this year, we had an excellent event with Dame Carol Black and other speakers who joined us to launch a new Healthy Workplaces Toolkit. On the same day, we launched a new website for the Alliance – thanks to support from the European Commission in the UK and Beth Johnson Foundation. This helped us build on the legacy of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations. It has also revolutionised the way we are able to communicate with and share the work of the Alliance and its members.
There is an open invitation to organisations from across the voluntary, private and public sectors to join us in working together to improve the lives of older people. We look forward to welcoming more older people and organisations to engage with those already on-board, to promote improved attitudes to ageing society and better outcomes in later life.
This year, we’re celebrating our second anniversary with a photography competition to promote positive images and attitudes to ageing. There are five categories for entry:
Celebrating Age – Recognising older people’s contribution to society
Diverse Ageing – Improving attitudes to ageing across society
Mind the Gap – Skill sharing and knowledge transfer across age groups
Digital World – Encouraging digital learning and inclusion
We look forward to seeing some really diverse and upbeat pictures. For more details about how to enter, click here. We hope you’ll join us in this activity and get involved in promoting solutions throughout the year to come. In the meantime, Happy Birthday to the Age Action Alliance – many happy returns!