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.

Creative Later Life Newsletter Template – September 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 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.

Click below to download the template:

Please feel free to 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

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 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!

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!


Creative Later Life Training – free online training for local Age UK colleagues in May

Age UK Oxfordshire are offering 4 free training sessions for Age UK staff and volunteers who are looking to find out more about how creativity can support wellbeing.

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 local development. As a result, Age UK Oxfordshire have designed four online training sessions running in May 2021 and are offering free places to colleagues across Age UK. Find out all the details below including how to register.

Upcoming Training Sessions:

This May we are offering the following training to all staff across all local Age UKs in England:

  • Thursday 6th May, 10.30-12pm – An introduction to the research: how creative and cultural participation supports wellbeing
  • Thursday 13th May, 2-3.30pm – Practical delivery: how to deliver a simple creative workshop using objects and archives
  • Thursday 20th May, 11-12pm – An introduction to free resources: age-friendly/ dementia-friendly creative opportunities
  • Thursday 27th May, 11-12pm – Inspiration: how local Age UKs have developed their creative offer online during lockdown

Find out more about these sessions by downloading the flyer below.

You can sign up directly by emailing farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk. Places are suitable for staff and volunteers in many different roles, but numbers are limited so please book early.

Creative Later Life Newsletter Template – April 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 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.

Click below to download the template:


Our thanks to Farrell Renowden, Head of Cultural Partnerships at Age Oxfordshire for putting this together. Farrell also runs the ‘Age of Creativity’ Festival which is a great opportunity to showcase the creative work of your organisation. For more information about the Festival, the Local Age UK creative forum or the Creative Later Life Newsletter, please contact farrellrenowden@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk

Please feel free to 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.