“Place Making or Making Place?” – Webinar Recording now Available

“Place Making or Making Place?” was a webinar that took place as part of the Age of Creativity Festival. The recording of this webinar is now available for you to view.

Last month we shared details of “Place Making or Making Place?” a webinar to explore the role of older people, creativity and culture in creating ‘vibrant’ places to live. The recording of this event is now available to view here. Read on to find out more about the event.

This discussion sought to explore how different sectors perceive the role of ‘place’ and ‘making’ in relation to creativity and culture and those who experience the most inequality.

The research event was put together by Age UK Oxfordshire’s Creative Team specifically for the Age of Creativity Festival and it covers topics and case studies exploring:

  • How does creativity/ culture contribute to ‘vibrant’ places for older people beyond local tourism?
  • What constitutes a creative/ cultural ‘asset’ to older communities experiencing inequality?
  • What ‘value’ do we give creativity/culture and older communities experiencing inequalities in rebranding places?
  • What role does place based leadership have in making places both ‘Creative/ Cultural’ and ‘Age Friendly’?
  • How can inequalities be tackled by ‘making’ in place and is this place leadership?

The lineup of speakers included:

  • Professor David Amigoni FEA – Director, Keele Institute for Social Inclusion (KISI), Keele Deal Culture & ArtsKeele (chair)
  • Carola Boehm – Professor of Arts and Higher Education, Staffordshire University
  • Rose Gilroy – Professor of Ageing Planning and Policy, Chair of Future Homes Alliance, School of Architecture Planning and Landscape
  • Steven Millington – Director/ Senior Fellow at The Institute of Place Management and Reader in Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Jason Jones-Hall – Director of Development, Five10Twelve
  • Neil Johnson – Engagement Project Lead, Liverpool City Region

Click here to watch the recording of the event.

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!

“Place Making or Making Place?” – Upcoming event for the Age of Creativity Festival 2022

“Place Making or Making Place?” is an upcoming event as part of the Age of Creativity Festival, to explore the role of older people, creativity and culture in creating ‘vibrant’ places to live.

Taking place on Thursday 19th May from 11:00 – 12:30, “Place Making or Making Place?” is a exploration of the role of older people, creativity and culture in creating ‘vibrant’ places to live. This discussion seeks to explore how different sectors perceive the role of ‘place’ and ‘making’ in relation to creativity and culture and those who experience the most inequality. Click here to find out more, including how to book your place.

Creative Later Life Newsletter – March 2022

The latest edition of the Creative Later Life Newsletter is now available for partners to read.

The latest Creative Later Life e-newsletter is now available! As always, the newsletter offers a flavour of what is free, accessible and available online to everyone who wants to get creative this month. The March edition features details on the upcoming Age of Creativity Festival and some upcoming development events to help organisations to celebrate creativity all year round. Click here to view the Creative Later Life newsletter.

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.

Creative Later Life Newsletter – January 2022

The latest edition of the Creative Later Life Newsletter is now available for partners to read.

The latest Creative Later Life e-newsletter is now available to read. As always, the newsletter offers a flavour of what is free, accessible and available online to everyone who wants to get creative this month. The January edition features details of this year’s Age of Creativity Festival, the Arts in Care Homes project, the Art by Post project and a whole host of resources. Click here to view the Creative Later Life newsletter.

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 Newsletter Template – November 2021

The latest edition of the Creative Later Life Newsletter is now available for partners to view, download, and adapt as you wish.

Age UK Oxfordshire’s latest creative e-newsletter template is now available for you to adapt and send to your networks if you wish. This template edition of Creative Later Life e-news offers a flavour of what is free, accessible and available online to everyone who wants to get creative this month. This template can also be adapted to highlight local creative activities, resources, and opportunities as appropriate to each local Age UK. The template can be found below along with an additional resource “Top 10 Creative Resources for Local Age UKs”.

Click below to download the template:

Please feel free to adapt and share this newsletter with your networks and colleagues. If you would like to a feature an opportunity or photo from your own project next month, then do get in touch – we’d love to hear from you hello@ageofcreativity.co.uk.

More Creative Later Life Resources

We have created a “Creative Later Life Hub” full of useful resources which can be viewed here. 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, including this list of Top Ten Creative Resources for Local Age UKs:

In addition, Ageing Better have created The National Ageing Better Co-production YouTube Channel to showcase the latest conversations and learning around co-production. This can be viewed here.

Creative Later Life: October Meeting – Free Creative Resources for Local Age UKs

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 14th October from 11:00-12:00 and will focus on free creative resources for local Age UKs.

The next Creative Later Life meeting 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.

Farrell is often asked how staff and volunteers can find accessible websites and useful toolkits or sign up for creative networks and national campaigns, so this session is ideal for those partners that are keen to develop their knowledge on the topic and get extra support- that is already freely available for us to use. 

November’s meeting will take place on Thursday 11th, 11-12pm, and will focus on tackling inequalities with creativity. 

All colleagues across the Age UK family are welcome, please email farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk for a link or to be added to the CLL mailing list for updates.

Find out more about the Creative Later Life Network here.

Creative Later Life: September Meeting – Music Special

The next Creative Later Life meeting will take place on Thursday 9th September from 11:00-12:00 and will focus on 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. Click here to join us at the next Creative Later Life Meeting on Thursday 9th September from 11:00-12:00, for the chance to hear how staff, volunteers, carers and colleagues are using Playlist for Life resources locally. Everyone across the Age UK Network is welcome, so please share it with any colleagues you think would be interested. We apologise that this reminder is at such short notice but we still wanted to share it with you in case you are able to attend on Thursday. This meeting will also be recorded and circulated afterwards for those who can’t make it on the day.

Playlist for Life say:

“Listening to the music that we love has many psychological benefits. In this session you’ll hear about the benefits of ‘personal’ music and how it can help improve wellbeing for people living with dementia. Whether it’s the music from a first dance, lullabies from childhood or a theme tune from a favourite TV show, singing or listening to just one song together that holds special meaning for someone can brighten their day and help you connect.”

For a flavour of their work, check out: ‘Get started with our resources’ 1 min 45 sec video and a longer 4 min Discover Playlist for Life video.

We look forward to seeing you at this Thursday’s meeting.

If you would like to join the Creative Later Life Network, please email Farrell Renowden at Age UK Oxfordshire.