On 10 May, the Mayor of London published a new strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion in London.
The publication of ‘Inclusive London’ follows a consultation and evidence-gathering process with London’s communities and key stakeholders – which included Positive Ageing in London. The strategy contains the Mayor’s strategic objectives to help address the inequalities, barriers and discrimination experienced by different groups of Londoners.
Expert speakers will be talking about life long learning and older people, including experiences of the U3A, over 60s wishing to become post graduates, training and educational opportunities for both employed, unemployed and retired older people.
Arrival and registration
Introduction and overview of older people and Life Long Learning
Chris Walsh – Chair of PAiL and Age Platform (UK Branch)
Curiosity and later life challenges – the Ransacker experience
Hilary Farnworth – Ransackers
Later Life Health Awareness Workshops
Eleanor van den Heuvel – Brunel University – Ageing Studies and Dementia
‘Active Minds – still Learning’: why we’re setting up a campaign
John Miles – Association of Education and Ageing
Lunch and networking
Life Long Learning – the changing perspective of older people and the differences in lifestyle choice
Professor Alex Murdock, – Professor – Emeritus and
London South Bank University
Focus groups on key issues, concerns and recommendations relating to LLL and older people
Facilitated discussion. Key points to be raised from the meeting towards the Mayor of London’s strategy on Skills and Education.
There will be refreshments and a light lunch (courtesy of our Big Lottery Awards for All grant).
At last after a period of several months we have received a reply from the Brexit Department, confirming our report outlining older people’s concerns relating to Brexit has been passed onto officials from the Department for Exiting the EU.
The response highlighted that the Government is aware of the concerns regarding the concerns of older people in relation to the UK’s exit from the EU. It reassured us that Ministers from the Department for Exiting the EU (DExEU) have undertaken more than 350 recorded DExEU-organised engagements with stakeholders from every sector of the UK economy since July 2016 and attended over 80 roundtable meetings on a wide range of topics, both independently and jointly with Ministers from other Government departments.
We hope that our report is listened to, but if any of our members or supporters wishes to raise these issues further please download the recommendations and raise them with your local candidates / political representatives or at hustings.
For more details of our list of recommendations click here.
By 2050, estimates suggest that people aged over 65 will outnumber children under five. This is creating a new and powerful consumer class, and presents new opportunities for life-long work and employment – a new silver economy.
Last week Chris Walsh joined a group of retired trade unionists for a discussion on Brexit and the rights of older workers. The meeting, with the London and South East TUC Retired members, was a continuation of the work Positive Ageing in London and partners have been doing to raise the concerns and challenges facing older people in a post-Brexit Britain.
Common ground for concern
Positive Ageing believes that regardless of whether people voted Remain or Leave, there is common ground for concern; The rights and protections older people currently have under EU law – rights as workers, as consumers, as members of the public, as well as rights which protect our environment – may get watered down. This is why Positive Ageing in London support a Bill of Rights which will enshrine older people’s rights under the EU into British law.
The discussion also explored how Positive Ageing can develop partnerships to improve the lot of pensioners and older workers in a post-Brexit Britain. Chris hopes to continue this work on age equality with Trade Unions, to further protect the rights of older working people.
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
Arrival & registration
Mr Chris Walsh, Chair of Positive Ageing in London, and Chair of Age Platform (UK Branch)
IT use in rural & urban locations, findings from the Technology In Later Life (TILL) project
Presentation byDr Hannah R. Marston, Health & Wellbeing Priority Research Area, The Open University
Lessons from Europe
Presentation by F Moira Allan, Pass It On Network France
Impact of digitalisation on older people, benefits and problems
Presentation by Professor Stuart Anderson, University of Edinburgh
Developing the Smart London Plan
Presentation by the GLA (TBC)
Lunch & networking
New and current advances in use for IT for and by older people
Presentation by Freddie MsMahon, Innovation and digital entrepreneur
Focus groups to explore key issues, concerns and in relation to the Digital Inclusion strategy, an opportunity to put forward recommendations.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
PAiL would like to invite all our members and followers to have their say as older Londoners on this latest consultation opportunity which is the Skills strategy section of the Mayor’s Strategy for London.