Members who attended the Elders Council Annual General Meeting on 3 July 2014 had the opportunity to view a short film 'Energy and Commitment' showing the Elders Council at work. If you weren’t able to get to the AGM the video has now been uploaded and can be viewed on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0w4uWSBmTw0&feature=em-upload_owner#action=share . As we said on the video, it is always difficult to describe succinctly what we do. If you are intrigued by any of the examples of work shown on the video and would like to get more involved, get in touch with us for more information.
The Elders Council is a group of people who are interested in having a say about how to make Newcastle a great city in which to grow old. We do this in a variety of ways - peer research, arts projects, focus groups and regular meetings with service providers and policymakers.
MyPlace is a partnership project with the Digital Interaction Research Group at Newcastle University, Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council and the Age Friendly City Initiative; it is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) www.myplace.ac.uk .
Rachel Clarke, MyPlace researcher at Newcastle University, said, ‘We’re exploring the City Walks as an approach to using technology to document and share experiences of the city as part of the MyPlace project. We’re really excited to be experimenting with this approach in partnership with members of the Elders Council. When we did the walk at the beginning of February, in response to the changes that are planned for John Dobson Street, everybody involved was really engaged and animated about local planning issues and came up with ideas for how things might change in the future. We’ve since shared some of the concerns and ideas with the Council as part of the consultation in the City Library. We’re hoping to follow this up in the next month to develop the approach further so that others can self-organise around their own walks and events.’
See a members’ report on the session held with the MyPlace team. Visit http://www.elderscouncil.org.uk/Members-Stories .