Age Action Alliance - South West Meeting

On 3rd March LinkAge Bristol in partnership with South West Forum of Ageing held the first ever South West Age Action Alliance meeting.

On 3rd March LinkAge Bristol in partnership with South West Forum of Ageing held the first ever South West Age Action Alliance meeting. 

Age Action Alliance was established in 2011 to establish strong working partnerships in order to improve the quality of later life by creating communities where senior people feel secure, valued and able to contribute to society. 

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 were 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. 

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. 

Next steps: We are going to: 

1) set up a page on the Age Action Alliance website specifically for the South West 

2) begin to map the different projects that are taking place across the South West so that we have a transparent picture of what is taking place,  where and by who. We are hoping that this will encourage more joint working. 

3) decide on the best way forward for the local meetings based on the feedback from the people who attended on 3rd March. We want this to be a useful and meaningful meeting and will move this meeting forward based on what people say they want/need

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 and for supporting the development of the all new South West Age Action Alliance!!