Celebrating the Diversity of Older Londoners

Friday 22 February 2019

City Hall, The Queen’s Walk, London SE1 2AA London is the most diverse city in the world and we want to celebrate that fact, remembering that Londoners of all ages help make this city such a vibrant, active, working and cultural place. This conference is an opportunity to participate in a positive appreciation of the benefits that older people bring to London, including those from different ethnic communities, from different racial and cultural backgrounds (including the Windrush generation), from the LGBTQ+ communities and by those who have disabilities.

Wellbeing Conference

Monday 22 October 2018

Emma Cons Hall, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road

This half-day conference focuses on wellbeing ? staying happy, healthy amid health social care provision concerns. The event focuses on maintaining health and wellbeing in later life, and the programme reflects the most vital factors that are known to contribute to wellbeing for older people ? such as social participation, maintaining thinking skills, and physical activity. Another important aspect of the day will be to agree recommendations for wellbeing that include critiques of current health and social care.
Attendees We welcome people from across London, from all the different and diverse groups which make up older Londoners, as well as experts who work on behalf of inclusivity and older people. 

PAiL Meeting Tuesday 18th September 2017

Homes for Older Londoners

What sort of housing do older Londoners want? With the Mayor, Sadiq
Khan, about to plan a new London Housing Strategy, older Londoners came
and told us what the policies should be for housing in London!

The debate was introduced by a range of expert speakers from key

Read up on the conclusions from the conference on our Presentations and Reports page.

PAiL Meeting 5th September 2017

Employment and Economic Development for Older Londoners

PAIL, in association with Age UK London (AUKL), held an interesting
conference on 5th September at the DWP offices in Hammersmith on age and
employment and economic development in London, in partnership with DWP
who presented updates on their 50+ strategy and the impact of the
national roll out of Universal Credit.

Read up on the conclusions from the conference on our Presentations and Reports page.

PAiL Meeting and Focus Group 5th September 2017

Response to the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Following our successful consultation event at City Hall on Friday 1st September…


Comprehensive Spending Review – Key Impacts

This presentation by Gordon Deuchars (Age UK London) was made at the
January 2016 Positive Ageing in London meeting and shows key impacts of
the Comprehensive Spending Review at the end of 2015 for older people
and ageing policy.

Ageing in London? No Problem!

PAIL debates asset based approaches to ageing, 26 November 2015

Some 50 older people and representatives of local organisations and
London boroughs met to discuss the increasingly common ‘asset based’
approach to ageing. Mervyn Eastman, PAIL?s Chair, and David Wilcox,
Social Reporter, introduced the topic ? starting from older people?s
contribution to the community and what they are able to do, rather than
the ‘problems and deficit’ view of older people.

Guest speakers were:

  • Mel Wright, Coordinator of Kilburn Older Voices Exchange. Mel
    talked about how KOVE gives older people a stronger voice in the Kilburn
  • Judy Harrington, Project Manager, Ageing Better in Camden
    Partnership. Judy talked about the Partnership?s work to build on what
    older people themselves can contribute to supporting isolated people in
  • Margaret Edwards, London coordinator, Housing Learning and
    Improvement Network. Margaret talked about how awareness of older people
    as positive contributors is key to planning later life housing.
  • Ben Donovan, Research and Policy Officer, Age UK London. Ben
    introduced PAIL?s ongoing research on how older people are included in
    local economic development strategies in London boroughs.

The presentations and discussion on them were followed by a panel
session where participants raised issues including: the importance of
intergenerational work, how the Camden example might influence other
London boroughs, the importance of technology though it can?t be imposed
on all older people and the importance of resources and messages that
are realistic about eg. how many older people do and how many don?t have

You can see all four presentations below:

Judy Harrington – Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better

Mel Wright – KOVE

Margaret Edwards – Older People: Liabilities or assets?

Ben Donovan – Economic Development

Impact of the Care Act for Older People and Carers, Tuesday 7 July 2015

The presentations for this well received event are below:

Implementation of the Care Act: Stephen Lowe, Policy Advisor, Care Services, Age UKPerspective from LondonAdass: Tristan Brice, Programme Manager, LondonAdass Improvement ProgrammeUnderstanding
the Financial Implications of the Care Act in London – A Council
Perspective: Anastasia Mulenga, Policy and Projects Manager, Adult
Social Care and Integration, London Councils
The Care Act and Dementia: Tim McLachlan, Operations Director – Greater London, Alzheimer’s Society

Successful Cities, Positive Ageing, 16 March 2015

Positive Ageing in London, with the UK Age Friendly Cities Network, Greater London Authority and Manchester City Council,
jointly held this event which was well received and attended by older
people, policy makers and local practitioners from all over the UK and
Ireland. It aimed to spread best practice on how cities and local
authorities respond to ageing and to help build the Age Friendly Cities

After a scene-setting session, the conference included talks on the
built environment, culture and economic development, all from an age
perspective. Local experiences of developing age friendly communities,
policy problems and new movements for change were discussed.

Speakers included Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick (pictured
below), Lord Bichard and Professor Anthea Tinker who launched the report
‘An Age Friendly City: How Far Has London Come?’. There was also a
panel of London Assembly members Victoria Borwick, Caroline Pidgeon MBE,
Jenette Arnold OBE and Darren Johnson. Professor Chris Philippson of
Manchester University discussed approaches to overcoming the objective
economic and social obstacles to creating age friendly communities.

You can read the whole programme here.

You can view the speakers biographies here.

You can view snapshots of the cities involved in the network here.

You can view the presentations of all the speakers below. Some
presentations have had images deleted from them simply to reduce their
size and allow them to be uploaded to our website; no content has been

Paul McGarry, Age Friendly ManchesterCllr Ken Meeson, LGA People and Places Board/Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing at Solihull Metropolitan Borough CouncilProfessor Anthea Tinker, King’s College LondonProfessor Chris Phillipson, Manchester UniversityJonathan Scrutton, International Longevity CentreStefan White, Manchester School of ArchitectureCllr Schofield, Newcastle City CouncilKate Duncan, Nottingham City ArtsAnnie Alexander, Brighton and Hove City Council and Clare Hankinson, FabricaGlenda Watt, Edinburgh City CouncilEd Cox, IPPR NorthJonathan Collie, The Age of No RetirementKatrina Hann, New EconomyPat Doherty and Aisling Costello, Age Friendly Ireland

You can find out more information about, and read, the ‘An Age Friendly City‘ report on the King’s College London website.

You can follow the day through the event Storify page, a catalogue of the social media responding to the speakers and event as a whole.

We would also like to say a huge thank you to Clifford Chance for hosting the event.

Ageing Without Children: “But Who Will Look After You When You’re Old?”, 26th January 2015

PAiL held a joint conference with Ageing Without Children in January,
around the issue of older people ageing and how they were going to
receive care with a focus on those without children.

We have produced a detailed report of the event which you can view and
download below:

“But Who Will Look After You When You’re Old?”

A New Look at Old Ageism, 16 September 2014

PAIL held one of its quarterly meetings on 16 September 2014, focussing
on new approaches to recognising and combating ageism. Below is the
presentation by Mervyn Eastman, Chair of PAIL, which gave a starting
point to the discussion:

A New Look at Old Ageism – Introductory Presentation – Mervyn Eastman

What’s changed for older Londoners since the 2012 Mayoral elections?

All presentations from this event, held on Thursday 3rd July at
Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and Chaired by Mervyn Eastman, Chair,
Positive Ageing in London, can be downloaded below:

Gordon Deuchars, Campaigns and Policy Manager, Age UK London

Manifesto Presentation

Elaine Seagriff, Head of Policy and Strategy, Transport for London

Access Presentation

Munira Mirza, Deputy Mayor for Education and Culture, speaking at the event.


Redefining Ageing

All presentations from this event, held on Monday 24th March 2014 at
Toynbee Hall and Chaired by Mervyn Eastman, vice-chair, Positive Ageing
in London, can be downloaded below:

Mary Sinfield, Chair of Older People’s Reference Group, New Dynamics of Ageing

Challenging Attitudes & Assumptions About AgeingDave Martin, Centre for Policy on Ageing/Trading Times

Transitions and ‘In-betweenies’: Shifting Boundaries Between ‘Work’ and ‘Retirement’Professor Leela Damodaran, University of Loughborough

The Sus-IT Project: Busting MythsProfessor Bryan Manning, University of Westminster

Redefining Ageing

Lord Filkin CBE, Chair of Centre for Ageing Better was a Keynote speaker
and talked about ‘Opportunities and Challenges of an Ageing Population.


Shaping the Future of Older Londoners? Health and Social Care

Watch the video shown in the introduction to this event here:

Download the presentations from this event below:

ADASS ? Anne Bristow, Director of Adult Social Services, LB Barking & Dagenham

Anne Bristow Presentation

London Connect ? Samantha Meikle, Director

Samantha Meikle Presentation

NHS England: London Region – Helen Cameron, Regional Director of Transformation

Helen Cameron Presentation

Supporting Older People’s Contributions to London

Download the 50+ Employment Presentation from this event.

Social Care – A co-operative approach:

Meeting the aspirations and needs of an ageing population through ownership and control

Positive Ageing in London and Co-operatives London held this joint event
at Toynbee Hall, focusing on how the aspirations and needs of an
ageing population can be met through ownership and control.
An impressive programme of speakers attracted over 70 participants from
older people?s organisations, co-operatives, local authorities and

Download here: Social Care – A Co-operative Approach

Ed Mayo, Keynote speaker