The Age of Experience Group is a group of older people who meet up bimonthly and discuss their experiences on the Ageing Better in Birmingham programme, future opportunities and training needs.
The members of the Age of Experience group have all experienced isolation first hand, and are now taking action to help isolated people over 50 in Birmingham. The group members help the Ageing Better team make decisions and steer the direction of the programme. They also act as champions for people over 50 in Birmingham and help spread the word of the programme, so that more people can benefit from it across the city.
Examples of previous opportunities that Age of Experience group members have been involved with include working with NCS The Challenge where they got to speak to younger people about their experience of isolation and to raise awareness of social isolation in Birmingham. This opportunity also involved having members sit on "Dragon’s Den" panels where young people had the chance to pitch business ideas with a social aspect.
There are also opportunities to attend events and meet people from other Ageing Better programmes across the country! Some member even went to No 10 Downing Street to meet with the Prime Minister at the time and members from Strictly Come Dancing. More recently, one Age of Experience group member went to Sheffield and met people from similar groups, and she was given the chance to speak at a conference about her own personal experience of social isolation and what impact Ageing Better in Birmingham has had on her life.
Several exciting opportunities centres around procurement, where Age of Experience members sit on a panel at BVCS and are involved in the decision making of awarding contracts. Members take part in programme recruitment processes, sit on the Ageing Better Fund Panel and help inform decisions around marketing & communications.
Watch our film below, which includes several members from our Age of Experience group!