Age Action Alliance - South West
On the 17th June, Age Action Alliance South West held its second meeting at the Holiday Inn in Taunton. With over 30 delegates attending, the event focused on how agencies can work together to encourage older people to volunteer across the South West. People spoke passionately about how older people are assets in their local communities and have a wealth of experience and knowledge they can bring to any organisation.
The second meeting began with an update on progresses arising from the initial Age Action Alliance South West meeting in March. Since then some exciting developments have taken place; the launch of the South West Age Action Alliance web page, the mapping of existing projects across the South West, a clear terms of reference for the group and identification of issues SWAAA members would like to address.
Facilitated by Tony Watts OBE, the group then worked together to address four key areas, what are the barriers to volunteering, what impact does this have on community organisations, what do we know works well and possible solutions and ways forward with an emphasis on working together. An animated, wide ranging and positive discussion followed with everyone getting involved. We’re currently assembling all the information and will post the collated feedback on the AAASW web page.
SCLT Director Ash Jones represented the charity at the event, he said "One of the stated goals of the SCLT is to play a positive part in social advocacy for the older adult population that we were founded to serve. By the SCLT being founding members of the South West Age Action Alliance, we are able to use our influence and presence to assist our statutory and voltunteer partners in helping keep older adults safer in our communities"
To read more about the South West Age Action Alliance, please follow the below link to their website: