The Age of Experience Group are a core group of older people who meet up bimonthly and discuss their experiences on the ageing better programme, future opportunities and training needs.
Examples of previous opportunities include working with NCS, an intergenerational project where older people will speak to younger people about their experience of and to raise awareness of social isolation. Dragon’s Den workshops offer younger people the chance to pitch business ideas to a panel where a member of the Age of Experience Group sits.
There are opportunities to attend events and meet people from other Ageing Better groups across the country. Recently one Age of Experience group member went to Sheffield and met people from similar groups, she was given the chance to speak at the conference about her own personal experience of social isolation and what Ageing Better in Birmingham has changed for her.
Several exciting future opportunities centres around procurement, where Age of Experience members will sit on a panel at BVCS and be involved in the decision making of awarding contracts.