Who We Are

Positive Ageing in London is The London Regional Forum for Older Londoners (50+)

Positive Ageing in London brings together London-wide and local organisations from both the voluntary and statutory sectors – as well as individuals – to give a voice to older Londoners and to consider age issues in London and agree common solutions.

Aims

To make a real difference to the lives of older people by:

  • Raising key issues affecting older people in London
  • Developing older peoples policy and voice for London
  • Challenging for change
  • Engaging, advocating for and promoting older people in London
  • Working with key strategic bodies which have an influence in London

Attendees

  • London-wide older people’s organisations
  • Local older people’s groups and activists
  • Interested 50+ individuals
  • Other voluntary sector organisations with an interest in ageing in London
  • Co-operatives
  • Strategic and statutory bodies in London
  • Academics and researchers

Who are we trying to influence?

  • National policy and advisory forums that have an impact on London’s older people
  • Regional government
  • Local boroughs
  • Health structures
  • Statutory agencies in London

Governance and Structure

PAiL has now formed itself as an unincorporated organisation with charitable objectives and now has a bank account. PAiL has a committee which meets approximately four times a year and is open to members. Membership of PAiL is open to all people listed under “attendees” in the list above. It is intended for PAiL to register formally as a charitable organisation in the near future.

Officers

Positive Ageing in London is chaired by Chris Walsh, Chief Executive, Wise Age. Its Vice-Chair is Irene Kohler.

 

Chris Walsh – Chair

has been active in researching and campaigning around issues of ageism since 1999 when he helped found, and then run, Wise Owls and subsequently become the Chief Executive of Wise Age – a leading specialist agency helping older working age people ( 50+) get employment and self employment .

Wise Age has produced research and campaigns that have been successful in raising the profile of older people and overcoming ageism, including using the Freedom of Information legislation to force public sector employers to reveal the age profile of the workforce and the numbers of older people made redundant. In this capacity Chris has helped hundreds of older people and voluntary organisations set up as social enterprises or small business and has enabled thousands of older unemployed working people get back into employment.

Chris also has wide experience of representing the views of older people and combating ageism on radio, TV and through papers and social media. Chris worked as a Marketing Director in the public, private and voluntary sectors and has widespread experience of successful fundraising.

Chris has been involved with PAiL for the last two years, previously serving as Vice-Chair, and is also Co- Chair of Age Platform Europe UK.

 

Irene Kohler – Vice Chair

Irene has over 35 years experience working with older people which has developed her passionate belief in older people having the right to make informed choices and have access to the care and support they need to retain control of their lives. Addressing age inequalities has been the driving force for her involvement in independent advocacy for and with older people, including people with dementia; in the community in day, residential health or social care settings

Irene brings to the role of vice-chair my experience over 30 years of facilitating learning groups, consultation meetings and focus groups, chairing voluntary organisation board meetings and sub-committees. She currently chairs the board of trustees of an advocacy organization and is a trustee of a London CVS. Irene is also a member of Westminster Senior Citizens Forum. Now retired, Irene is a qualified teacher and has an MSc in Human Resource Development.

 

Councillor Pat Harrison – Secretary

Pat is an active councillor on the London Borough of Brent Council and has been active in a wide variety of age and social related issues.

 

Jane Hopkins – Membership Secretary

 

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