‘Ageing Well’ was a government-funded programme of work in 2011-12 which aimed to take an asset-based approach to supporting older people’s wellbeing. OPM* undertook work in different localities around England, using variations on this core agenda:
|Time||Welcome and introduction to the workshop|
|30 minutes||Your experience (facilitated discussion in groups)|
- ‘As I’ve grown older, I…’
- ‘Getting older in X area feels like…’
- ‘The things that have become more challenging are…’
- ‘The things I’m enjoying are…’
|30 minutes||Mapping our personal ‘assets’ and what they mean for us day to day (facilitated discussion in groups)|
- Visible assets – the possessions that help us to do things we enjoy – tools for gardening, a sewing machine for sewing, a car to get around etc)
- Skills and talents – the things we are good at and enjoy doing
- Relationships and networks – family, friends and neighbours
|45 minutes||Mapping our collective local ‘assets’ and what they mean for us day to day (facilitated discussion in groups, using A1 printed maps, pens and sticky dots)|
- Public services – GP surgeries,
- Community places and spaces – halls, leisure centres, schools, parks etc.
- Community organisations – sports clubs, lunch clubs, CAB, charities like Age UK etc.
- Businesses we value as community resources – local shop, pub, post office etc.
|30 minutes||Generating ideas for change (facilitated discussion in groups)|
- Could we make better use of the assets we’ve talked about today? How?
- Do we have skills and talents that could benefit each other and our community?
- Could we use our buildings and open spaces in different ways?
Could we help people get more involved in local clubs and activities?
*Independent research organisation and consultancy