Welcome to the Creative Later Life Network! This is a space for local Age UKs to get support to develop their creative offer locally. You will find creative resources, inspiration and training as well as support to develop your ideas.
Why is creativity and culture important to wellbeing in Later Life?
Research from Age UK shows that creative and cultural participation is the top-most contributor to wellbeing in older age. Of the 30,000 older people involved in the data study, ‘Creativity and Cultural Participation’ came out as the number one feature of good wellbeing. There are many other studies that reflect the fact that creativity has an impact on wellbeing and that this increases as we age. Many local Age UKs already run creative opportunities locally (book groups, theatre trips, dance classes) but there is huge scope to develop more and scale up ideas. The response to Covid-19 lockdowns showed the power of music, film, art, crafts to bring communities together, reduce isolation and reconnect people to the world and this remains important as we try to recover.
How can you get involved locally?
The Creative Later Life network is an informal network of local Age UKs who meet monthly and share creative ideas, inspiration and resources. Led by Age UK Oxfordshire, staff and volunteers from all brand partners are welcome to join the network and receive regular updates, take part in meetings, training and events.
You might also consider joining the Age of Creativity, a free network of more than 1,500 professionals (across age, health, care, culture, community, academic sectors) who believe that creativity and culture supports older people to experience better health, wellbeing and quality of life. The network shares regular news, funding opportunities, resources, research on all aspects of ‘Creative Ageing’, as well as an annual festival celebrating creativity with/ for/ by older people across England.
Want to know more? Both the Creative Later Life and Age of Creativity networks are lead by Farrell Renowden, Head of Cultural Partnerships at Age Oxfordshire, so just get in touch! – firstname.lastname@example.org
Age of Creativity Festival
The Age of Creativity Festival is an annual event to celebrate a creative later life across England. The festival is led by Age UK Oxfordshire, with Age UK and hundreds of Age of Creativity network members.
Local Age UKs and other age-friendly organisations are encouraged to take part by listing their creative events and activities on the Festival website. This year’s festival took place throughout May 2021, and you’ll find 100+ creative and age-friendly activities for older people to try – both online and offline on the Festival website, many of these taking place throughout 2021.
The Age of Creativity Network have put together a whole host of different creative resources for your organisation to download below:
Ageing Better Partnership Creative Learning Reports
Ageing Better is a National Lottery funded programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. The programme is running from 2015-2021 and is delivered by 14 cross sector partnerships across England.
Take a look at some of the creative projects delivered across England by the Partnership:
Please contact Farrell to book your place – email@example.com.
Missed one of our Creative Later Life meetings? Take a look at our recordings below!
9th September 2021- Playlist for Life
Whether you are new to Playlist for Life or already part of their network, the team have new free resources to enable more people to enjoy more music. Find out all about Playlist for Life in this recording of our September Creative Later Life Meeting.
Latest Creative Later Life Updates
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The annual Age of Creativity Festival is running again throughout May 2021. Led by Age UK Oxfordshire in partnership with Age UK, it celebrates creativity of all kinds and encourages…
During a consultation in January, local Age UKs highlighted a desire for more information on the role of creativity in relation to wellbeing and get practical knowledge and ideas for…