The inspiring ways in which groups and individuals are transforming the lives of older people in communities across Wales have been captured in a series of Ageing Well Stories, published today by the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales.
The collection of stories not only celebrates the amazing and innovative work being delivered locally for older people that is making a big difference to their lives, but also aims to inspire others to take action in their own communities and establish their own initiatives to help older people across Wales to age well.
The stories cover a range of themes – including getting active, learning something new, being creative, engaging with the community and making a difference – and will be distributed throughout Wales to those interested in setting up their own initiative via the Ageing Well in Wales2 Network, which now has over 1,500 members representing over 500 groups and organisations.
Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira, said: “I established Ageing Well in Wales as a social movement to bring people together to create positive change and make Wales a good place to grow older for everyone.
“I have been privileged to meet so many amazing individuals, groups and organisations who are dedicated to making our villages, towns and cities better places to grow older in and are delivering so many incredible different things to improve older people’s lives.
“I wanted to celebrate the outstanding contribution that Ageing Well Network members are making to their communities, people who embody the community spirit that defines us as a nation, and to inspire others by showing what can be achieved when communities come together. That’s why I’m delighted to be publishing these stories today.”
The Ageing Well Stories were launched at the last of a series of Ageing Well in Wales ‘Celebrating Communities’ events, which have been held across Wales between January and March. The events have brought Ageing Well Network members together, providing them with opportunities to hear from those who have established Ageing Well initiatives, take part in interactive workshop sessions, share good practice and explore new opportunities for working and partnerships.
Ageing Well in Wales Network Coordinator, Steve Huxton, said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Ageing Well Network members across Wales to bring together their stories and experiences, and showcase the outstanding work they are delivering with and for older people.
“The stories show that little things can make a big difference to older people’s lives and that, with the right support from their communities, ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things.”
The full collection of Ageing Well Stories will soon be available to read at www.ageingwellinwales.com
A selection of Ageing Well Stories is available to read below:
Squirrel’s Nest // Bridgend
Shabir – Community Connector // Newport
Solva Care // Pembrokeshire
Wrexham FC // Wrexham