Monthly Archives: January 2018

Digital Inclusion Conference


The  Mayor of London is currently developing a new Smart London Plan. This will set out how he plans to deliver better digital services, increase digital inclusion and improve cyber-security. It will also show how he plans to use technology to deliver his economic, environment, and transport strategies.

The possibilities allowed by technology are truly exciting, but we must think about how they impact older Londoners.

Join Positive Ageing in London and Age Platform Europe (UK section), with help from Wise Age Ltd, on Thursday 22 February 2017, for a conference to discuss how the needs of older people in should be addressed in this strategy.

The Digital Inclusion Conference will feature a series of expert speakers, but importantly this is an opportunity for you to have your say. We will run two break-out sessions to get your input, and we will draw on the discussions throughout the day to produce a written submission for the mayor’s Chief Digital Officer.

Key questions we will explore include:

  • What type of considerations should the mayor have in developing this strategy?
  • How should the mayor tackle digital exclusion among older Londoners?
  • What barriers do older people face in getting online?



Thursday, 22 February, 2017 

10.30 – 3.30 pm

Europe House, Smith Square, London

Time Item Speaker
10.30 Arrival & registration
11.00 Introduction Mr Chris Walsh, Chair of Positive Ageing in London, and Chair of Age Platform (UK Branch)
11.15 IT use in rural & urban locations, findings from the Technology In Later Life (TILL) project Presentation by Dr Hannah R. Marston, Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, The Open University
11.45 Lessons from Europe  Presentation by F Moira Allan, Pass It On Network France
12.15 Impact of digitalisation on older people, benefits and problems Presentation by Professor Stuart Anderson, University of Edinburgh
12.45 Developing the Smart London Plan Presentation by the GLA (TBC)
13.15 Lunch & networking
13.45 New and current advances in use for IT for and by older people Presentation by Freddie MsMahon,  Innovation and digital entrepreneur
2.15 Activity #1 Focus groups to explore key issues, concerns and in relation to the Digital Inclusion strategy, an opportunity to put forward recommendations.
3.00 Activity #2 Large discussion – presented by group facilitators –  followed by discussion on key points to be raised from the meeting to be sent by us as our contribution on the Mayor of London’s strategy on Digital Inclusion from the perspective of older Londoners.
3.30 End

Three Upcoming PAiL Meetings

PAiL has received funding from Awards for All PAiL has now organised 3 events for the next 3 months which we hope you all will be able to attend.

The first is our PAiL Committee meeting – which has been postponed from this Friday due to the rail strike and anticipated travel disruption too next Thursday -January 18th from 11 am to 1 pm at the Age UK London meeting room at Tavis House 1-6 Tavistock Square.

This invite is for any of our members who wish to be more actively involved in helping to organise and plan our events and to have a say in our development as an organisation as well as we need more people to join the Exec. Please send me an RSVP if you wish to attend to and we will send you the agenda (there is only enough room for 12- 1 6 people so we need to have confirmed numbers).

We now also have organised 2 conferences to be held at Europe House – the first on February 22nd on the subject of Digital Inclusion and the use of ICT by and for Older People. People can arrive at 10.30 for an 11 am start and will continue to 3.30. There will be a light lunch provided.

The second will be on Older People, Economic Development and Employment held between 11 – 3.30 on March 19th at Europe House, also with a light lunch provided.

RSVP if you wish to attend these events to