Creative Later Life 2025 – Introductory Meeting on Thursday 9th June

The Age of Creativity have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025” – find out how to join the introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June.

The Age of Creativity are delighted to announce that we have secured funding to begin a new programme of delivery “Creative Later Life 2025”. The goal of Creative Later Life 2025 is to ensure that older people have equity of access and agency across the creative and cultural sector by the year 2025 – click here to find out more. To kick-start this new programme, we will be holding an introductory meeting on Thursday 9th June from 11am to 12pm, to start discussions about the pathways older people can have to creativity. For a meeting invite, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk – everyone from the Age UK Network is welcome!

Age of Creativity Festival 2022 – How you can get involved

This year’s Age of Creativity Festival takes place throughout May. Find out how your organisation can get involved, including how to share your upcoming creative events on the Festival website.

The Age of Creativity Festival is a yearly event to celebrate creativity with, for, and by older people! This year’s Festival runs throughout May and the website is now open for submissions of age-friendly creative events that are taking place, both on and offline. Take a look at the Age of Creativity Festival website to see if there are any events you would like to share with your networks, or if you have any upcoming events you’d like to add to the site. You can find out more information about the festival below.

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. 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 2022.

Farrell Renowden, who organises the Age of Creativity Festival, recently presented about this year’s festival at the most recent meeting of the Creative Later Life Network. You can view Farrell’s PowerPoint from this meeting below, containing “the who, what, where, when, and why of the Festival” and all relevant links. Farrell has also shared some additional resources that were raised during the discussions which may be of interest:

To get creative information for older people in your communities, sign up for the festival e-newsletter here: Age of Creativity | Home. You can also find more creativity resources on the Creative Later Life Hub.

For more information, or to join the Creative Later Life Network, please email Farrell Renowden.

City Arts release free mindful art activity booklet

City Arts have produced a free mindful art activity booklet to reduce isolation, as part of their Create to Connect project. You can download the booklet here.

City Arts have produced a free PDF activity booklet to download as part of their ‘Create to Connect’ project. The specially designed booklets detail art activities that people can do at home, or in a group. City Arts have created these booklets to help combat social isolation and they are designed to be used by people who have not done much art before – although they can be adapted to push skills a little further, should you wish to. Click here to download the booklet or read on to find out more.

Twelve different artists contributed to the book. It includes creative activities focused on mindfulness, painting, drawing, making, writing and storytelling. People can compile their own version of NASA’s Golden Record! Construct a 360 degree illustration! Make a puppet using household recycling!

Click here to view and download the booklet on the City Arts website.

Create to Connect is a project designed to reduce isolation for people aged 55 and over. Artists created a series of resources that older adults could access from the safety of their homes. An addition to art packs, they have included live online workshops and video tutorials.

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

The next Creative Later Life Meeting will take place on 12th August 2021 from 11-12pm and will feature a presentation from Ageing Better’s Project Lead, Vicky O’Donoghue.

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 across the Age UK Network. Each month we hold a meeting that includes best practice examples and useful information from a guest speaker. Our next meeting takes place on the 12th August 2021 from 11-12pm, where Ageing Better‘s Project Lead, Vicky O’Donoghue will explore the concept of co-production, explain how Ageing Better successfully applied this approach, and introduce one of the key themes, “Creativity in Co-production”. To join the Creative Later Life Network or to register for the meeting then please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk.

Ageing Better is a network of 14 programme areas across England, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.  Now in its 7th year, Ageing Better has undertaken a test and learn approach to developing creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness.

As part of Ageing Better’s legacy, 64 representatives from across the network worked together to co-create a national toolkit & resource library featuring their co-production approach; the ways in which professionals and citizens worked together to co-create services, projects and activities.

Co-production has been at the very heart of Ageing Better’s work. The voices of older people have been involved within every aspect of the programme, from the setting up, dissemination, design, and delivery, through to the evaluation of services, projects & activities, for people aged 50 and over.

Project Lead, Vicky O’Donoghue will explore the concept of co-production, explain how Ageing Better successfully applied this approach within their work, and introduce one of the key themes, “Creativity in Co-production”.  

During the session Vicky will demonstrate the Toolkit, share insights into how co-production can enhance creativity, and facilitate a discussion around the stories, tools and resources that are freely available within the toolkit, and how they might enhance community-based projects, with a specific focus on ideas for working with older people.

If you’d like to find out more about the wider Ageing Better programme prior to the session, here’s the link to The National Lottery Community Fund website

To join the Creative Later Life Network or to register for the meeting then please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk.

We hope to see you there!

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

“Dance Me to the End of Lockdown” is a free webinar exploring older people’s experiences with dance during the pandemic.

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 of dancers aged 55+. The participants choreographed a performance inspired by National Trust property The Workhouse in Southwell, Nottinghamshire and a soundtrack created by Isabel Jones. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 27 Jul 2021 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. If you would be interested in attending, you can find all the details here.

Age of Creativity Festival – still time to get involved!

There’s still time to get involved in this year’s Age of Creativity Festival, find out more about the festival and access some resources which can be used throughout 2021.

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 older people to take part and get creative! Local Age UKs and other age-friendly organisations have been encouraged to take part by listing their creative events and activities on the Festival website. You’ll find there are already 100+ creative and age-friendly activities for older people to try – both online and offline. Find out more about the festival below, including some resources to download that can be used throughout the year.

You may also want to download the document below which has been pulled together by the following local Age UKs: Bristol; Hereford and Worcestershire; Lancashire; Lindsay; Oxfordshire; Rotherham; and Shropshire, Telford, and Wrekin.

This document lists a whole host of different creative activities that are available throughout 2021 and is designed for local Age UKs to share with older people across England. All the activities listed are accessible and free and you can also check out the Age of Creativity Festival website for more opportunities if you wish. 

Running an Age of Creativity Festival Event

The team at Age UK have discovered that it can be really easy to run your own event! Last week we had an online meeting of the Age UK Services Sounding Board and we took some time at the end of the session to do some creative activities together. We made origami butterflies and did a mindfulness session together, similar to this one from Every Mind Matters:

We also shared some “Show and Tell” stories – people on the call could show us an object from their home that means a lot to them and tell us the story behind it. The stories that were shared were incredibly powerful and encouraging for everyone on the call. The whole session lasted for around an hour and was enjoyed by all involved!

We don’t have permission from the older people on the Sounding Board to share their pictures but you can see below the Age UK staff who were involved proudly displaying their butterflies!  Running the session was really straightforward but incredibly valuable for all of us. There is still time to get involved in the Age of Creativity Festival so do have a think about how you might be able to include some creativity in your work over the next couple of weeks.

For more information, please visit the Festival website: https://festival.ageofcreativity.co.uk/ 

Age UK’s Services Sounding Board proudly displaying their origami butterflies!


Age of Creativity Festival – Social Media Pack

Age UK Oxfordshire have produced an overview of this year’s Age of Creativity Festival along with some social media assets for you to use if you wish.

The Age of Creativity Festival is a yearly event to support older people across England to have more accessible, age-friendly opportunities to get creative. This year’s festival takes places throughout the month of May and will showcase the many creative activities organised by the Age of Creativity Network – a group of 2000+ members from across various sectors, including several local Age UKs. Age UK Oxfordshire have produced an overview of this year’s festival along with some social media assets to help spread the word about the many creative opportunities available to older people during the month of May. The pack can be downloaded later in this article.

Please do pass on the document below to the person who manages your social media and please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. 


Age UK Oxfordshire and Age UK work in partnership on the festival but we are very keen to ensure that you can engage with it in whatever way your capacity and resource allows. If you have creative activities happening locally then there is still time to upload your content here: festival.ageofcreativity.co.uk

If you have any questions, please contact: farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

To find out more about the Age of Creativity Festival please visit: festival.ageofcreativity.co.uk