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.
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
- 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
- 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.
Positive Ageing in London is chaired by Chris Walsh, Chief Executive, Wise Age.
Chris Walsh – Chair
Chris is Chief Exec of Wise Age Ltd- the specialist age and employment voluntary agency. He has been a leading age expert, activist and active social entrepreneur helping older working age people for over 20 years.
He is also the elected Chair of Positive Ageing in London – the Age Forum for London – and is a trustee on EngAgeNet board – the national age forum.
In addition he is elected Chair of Age Platform Europe ( UK section) which is the largest over 50s lobbying, research and campaigning organisation in the EU with over 120 members representing over 100 million over 50s across the EU.
As the Director of Wise Owls – the predecessor to Wise Age and the first and leading Employment and Age voluntary organisation – he was responsible for carrying out FoI research into ageism in Public Sector employment practice, several cross London research projects into Employer Attitudes towards older workers .
He has been in the forefront of research, campaigns and practical support programmes around the benefits of and issues facing older working people ( 50+) for 2o years and has helped shape DWP policy towards the 50+, has supported over 400 start ups, 1100 SMEs to maintain sustainability and helped thousands of unemployed 50+ back into employment and self employment. He has led best practice networks across Europe in Age and Employment related matters and has helped develop promotional campaigns which emphasise the benefits of age diversity in work as well as highlighting the benefits older workers bring while confronting ageist employer myths.
His background has been as a senior marketing director in the public, private and voluntary sectors plus lectured in post graduate marketing and not for profit marketing in a number of Universities.
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.