The Federation for Positive Ageing
Working Together for Older People
- Do you run a social club or group for older people?
- Do you need more finance or to reduce costs?
- Are you looking for volunteers or committee members?
- Does your club need to attract new members?
- Do you want to find new activities for members?
- Do you want to meet other people doing similar work?
Please click here for more information.
What is the Federation for Positive Ageing?
The Federation is an initiative of Age Concern Chesterfield and District - an independent local charity working for older people in Bolsover Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. The Federation networks older peoples clubs and groups together, and with voluntary sector and public sector organisations who also provide services to older adults so that we can all work together to combat social isolation and improve the quality of life for older people.
What will it do?
The Federation will provide opportunities for club leaders to meet together, and with other organisations offering services to older people, in order to raise members awareness of the help and opportunities available to them in the community. We will help clubs share costs, increase membership, access funding, attract volunteers and increase the range of activities provided.
By doing so we can improve the quantity and quality of choice available to older people needing friendships and social activity.
The Federation will also help voluntary, community and public sector organisations reach out to more older people by opening up communication channels with older peoples clubs and groups.
CLICK HERE to become a member.
Update September 2015
Since our successful launch events we've been working to set up a programme of activities to respond to the interests and needs of older peoples clubs and groups as expressed at the events.
Opportunities for networking and sharing information scored highest in all our
feedback, followed by some specific interest in learning how to successfully promote clubs, groups and organisations, intergenerational working, attracting new volunteers, dementia awareness and fundraising. The programme of events we're organising aims to provide sessions which cover each of these topics while providing plenty of time for networking too and will take place in various locations all over Bolsover, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire.
So far we have set up a Dementia Friends Training session as part of Chatsworth Road Festival 1st October at St Thomas's Church, Brampton, and a networking event at Loundsley Green Community Centre on 12th October. Other events are close to being finalised so watch out for flyers and further information.
We've also been working with Clowne Community Transport, Housing and Care 21, Thoms Blokes in Chesterfield and Bolsover District Council to set up a mens group in Bolsover - Bosa Blokes. We're doing this because we've found very few men are attending general older peoples groups, so are providing a space to cater for male interests in male company. If the project succeeds we will roll out the idea across other areas. The next meeting is 15th September 2.30 pm at Freedom Project Rooms, Methodist Church, Hill Top, Bolsover.
A monthly newsletter has been established as a platform for everyone involved in working with older people to contribute updates on their activities. The first 2 versions are available on this website, with more to come.
Download June newsletter HERE.
Download July newsletter HERE.
Download August newsletter HERE.
Download September newsletter HERE.
Federation membership continues to grow and we are constantly finding new groups and projects working for the benefit of older people. Onwards and upwards.....
.........Working together for Older People
Directory of Older People's Clubs
List of older people's clubs in the Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire District Council Areas.
At Age Concern Chesterfield and District we keep a database of clubs for older people and have a volunteer run introduction service for people who may feel a bit awkward about contacting groups themselves directly.