1 May 2018
With a new website, e-newsletter and further development of our partnerships, 2018 is set to be an exciting year for Ageing Better.
This past year has been remarkable in the development of the Centre for Ageing Better. In case you missed them, here are a few highlights from our most popular reports of the year:
Although a significant amount was achieved in 2017, this must be the year that we seize the opportunities of an ageing society. Government will have to lead the way in rising to the challenges of an ageing society and grasp the opportunities. Here’s a quick preview of some of the things to look out for from us in 2018:
We are about much more than publishing interesting reports. Our mission is to bring about changes in society that improve people’s experiences of later life. That’s why we work with others to implement change informed by the evidence and seek to influence others to act on what we learn.
Our partnerships are key to this. Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) under elected Mayor Andy Burnham is showing great leadership in using its devolved powers to create the first age-friendly city region in the UK. Working with our most recent strategic partners, Leeds City Council and Leeds Older People’s Forum, we have already catalysed thinking and action on new approaches to community transport and have plans to work together on community action and volunteering, and housing in 2018. We will continue to support and champion the work of the UK Network of Age-friendly Communities, working closely with these 20 areas, from Bristol to Belfast, which have made a commitment to make their communities age-friendly. We’re also working with Design Council to help transform people’s experience of ageing through a community and design led approach. We continued our partnership with the Business in the Community Age at Work campaign, where we joined the rest of the leadership team led by Andy Briggs in setting out an ambitious aim to enable a million more older workers to be in good quality, fulfilling work over the next five years.
We also engage with national policy-makers, and were pleased to see the inclusion of a Grand Challenge on Ageing in the Government’s Industrial Strategy, recognition in the Housing White Paper that new homes need to be built to meet the needs of an ageing population and commitments in the budget to the Disabled Facilities Grant. In 2018 we also plan to pilot with GMCA and DWP new approaches to employment support for people over 50. We will continue working with Housing LIN to influence a wide range of housing audiences to ensure current and new housing is suitable for our ageing population.
We start the year with a brand new website. We hope you like it. It will help us continue reaching and engaging with our many and diverse audiences, and provide a platform for our impactful work we have planned for 2018 and beyond.
We also recently launched a new Research and Policy e-newsletter giving monthly updates on the latest research on ageing. If you haven’t already, I would encourage you to sign up.
Thank you for all your support over the last year. We look forward to continuing to engage with you and share our evidence, insights and ideas as to how we can together create a society where everyone enjoys a good later life.
To find out more about Ageing Better’s activities, read the 2016-17 Annual review.