Creative Later Life Hub

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! –

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.

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:


October Creative Later Life MeetingThe next Creative Later Life session will take place on Thursday 14th October, 11-12pm on Teams. Led by Age UK Oxfordshire’s Farrell Renowden, the theme for the meeting is ‘My Top 10 list of FREE creative resources for local Age UKs’. Farrell will talk participants through 10 of the most useful resources that she uses day to day.  Book your place below.

Please contact Farrell to book your place –
11:00 – 12:00Teams
Recent Events

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.

Click here to download the accompanying powerpoint.

Latest Creative Later Life Updates

Click below to view the latest updates on Creative Later Life!

Creative Later Life Meeting – “Creativity in Co-production”

ageukcommsJuly 26, 20213 min read

The Creative Later Life network is led by Age UK Oxfordshire, supporting other local Age UKs to develop their creative offer locally – it is free and open to everyone…

Playlist for Life – Playlist Maker

ageukcommsJuly 16, 20212 min read

As you may have seen in last week’s update, Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity trying to reach as many older people and those living with dementia…

Free Webinar: “Dance Me to the End of Lockdown”

ageukcommsJuly 16, 20211 min read

City Arts are hosting a free webinar exploring older people’s experiences with dance during the pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, City Arts and Tom Dale Dance Company worked with a group…

Playlist for Life

ageukcommsJuly 8, 20211 min read

Playlist for Life is a music and dementia charity trying to reach as many older people and those living with dementia as possible. Community groups are being encouraged to help…

Age UK Network News Roundup

ageukcommsMay 28, 20212 min read

Here is the latest roundup of news from across the Network, including a photography exhibition organised by Age UK Cambridgeshire and Peterborough as well as open roles at Age UK…

Age of Creativity Festival – still time to get involved!

ageukcommsMay 24, 20213 min read

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…