Age Action Alliance
Age Action Alliance - a new beginning
The Age Action Alliance is a unique network which brings together older people and organisations. It celebrates the lives of older people, their contribution to society and seeks practical ways to improve services and support to older people.Following the launch in 2011 the Age Action Alliance has steadily grown and evolved to the point where today the Alliance has over 850 member organisations. It's great that this membership is drawn from the private, voluntary and statutory sectors. And with nine active working groups, and a growing presence on social media, they have shown that their approach to developing meaningful partnerships has worked and is recognised for its success.
For the past six years the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Age UK have provided the administration and secretarial support that has allowed the Alliance to function and to build the partnerships which drive action and co–operation.
In this ever changing world, innovation and focused engagement are pre-requisites for continued success and sustainability. Following extensive consultation with their Partnership Development Board, it was agreed that the time was right to bring in some fresh thinking, new ideas and impetus.
Therefore enei (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion) has agreed to take on the admin and secretarial functions provided previously by DWP and Age UK. To help them through a short transition period the International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) and the recently formed EngAgeNet (English Age Network) will provide strategic insight and ensure that the voice of older people remains at the heart of the Alliance.
So what will this mean for Alliance members?
Initially there should be little or no change. Members will continue to receive their weekly newsletter. Working groups will continue to meet and members will still be able to keep up to date with relevant news and activity via twitter. Their aim is to move their existing website across to enei by 14 August 2017, at which point they will take over the Admin/Secretarial function. Later this year a new website will be launched that will increase the Alliance's capacity and ability to interact with its members.
Age Action Alliance
What does membership of the alliance mean: Partnership Board Member briefing note.pdf
Age Action Alliance Website Goes Live
We are delighted to announce that the new Age Action Alliance website is now live!
The new online home provides opportunities for the Alliance to share information and good practice with Members and others interested in improving older people's lives. It should improve communications, as well as providing opportunities for Members to showcase their work (via the Theme and Resources pages), share latest thinking (Blog), and demonstrate the value of working and communicating in partnership (News). This morning the Healthy Workplaces group launched their new on-line Employer Resource to assist employers manage the health and productivity of an ageing workforce, something we can now share on their dedicated theme page on the new website.
AAA are grateful to everyone who played a part in developing the website: the older people, organisations and individuals who user tested the website; and to Age UK Camden and Age UK for sharing their facilities and resources to make this possible; and the Alliance Communications Group, Partnership Board, Secretariat and Emily and Russell in particular for managing the project to completion.
AAA also want to thank the Beth Johnson Foundation and European Commission Representation in the UK, without whose support we would not have been able to develop this fantastic resource, building on the legacy of the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity Between the Generations (EY2012).
We hope you like the new site and will help us spread the word, support the Alliance work and help us to keep content fresh. For those of you who use social media, please 'like us' on Facebook, mention us on Twitter @AgeActAlliance and blog for us about why you joined the Alliance and want to work in partnership. Send us your pictures too!
You can visit the website at the same address as before: www.ageactionalliance.org
Role of the Age Action Alliance Reference Group
The Age Action Alliance is clear that its goals should be rooted in evidence and focussed on information given to us by older people. It's intention is to use the English Forums on Ageing as a Reference Group to ensure that the voice of the older person is truly powerful and included.
The Reference Group has set its own terms of engagement.
The Reference Group recognises that older people are a diverse population and their views are not uniform. The Group reflects a range of views and is a resource that can offer specialist knowledge in an advisory capacity to both the Steering Group and Working Groups.
The Reference Group will be a 'sounding board' for the Alliance. IT provides an opportunity for older people to influence and challenge the Alliance's priorities and actions.
The Reference Group also has a role in raising awareness of the Alliance particularly at the local level. Reference Group members will talk to older people in their areas in order to feed back views to the Alliance Working Group. IT will provide a means to test Working Groups Plans with older people.
The Reference Group will ensure the involvement of older people, or their representatives in the work of the Alliance.
The Reference Group will consider the ongoing effectiveness off the Alliance's work and will have the opportunity to feed into the Alliance Evaluation Group.
The Reference Group will report their involvement as a group and the progress of the Alliance, back to their forums.
The Steering Group of the Age Action Alliance will make two places available to the Reference Group at each of its meetings. Reference Group members attending the Steering Group will state the collective View of Reference Group members.