Tuesday 1 October, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Arrivals from 10.00am for a 10.30am start.
To mark the UN’s International Day of Older Persons HOP will continue our celebration of older people, organisations and age-friendly activity with our network meeting on 1 October. Join us for a special poetry and spoken word workshop led by Curtis Watt and hear from our guest speaker Anna Dixon, Chief Executive at the Centre for Ageing Better.
The official theme of the 2019 International Day of Older Persons is ‘The Journey to Age Equality’ and at our HOP network event we will be thinking about how we can all do better when it comes to talking about ageing. We want to amplify the voices of our members, of all ages, to challenge the negative stereotypes of ageing.
Local older people, groups and the organisations that work with them are invited along to celebrate the International Day of Older Persons and to take part in a participatory poetry and spoken word workshop, culminating in a final sharing of the pieces created by our members.
Led by Curtis Watt, performance poet, rapper, actor, presenter, musician, workshop leader and author of Children’s History of Liverpool, the workshop is an opportunity to try something new, get creative and share your views on what ageing means to you.
Key themes for the workshop include:
- What are the stereotypes and assumptions around ageing?
- How do you feel about ageing?
- How is ageing portrayed in the media?
- What are the pros and cons of ageing?
- How would you like to be represented?
- Ageing doesn’t suddenly just happen – it is happening to all of us, all of the time
- How can we resist ageism?
- Can age become a label that we celebrate?
At the event we will be joined by Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better, who will talk about their national campaign to change the way we talk about ageing, challenging negative stereotypes and encouraging people to share their positive experiences of later life. They have produced an open letter to be signed by local leaders as part of the campaign so we’ll be thinking about Liverpool’s commitment to becoming age-friendly following the UK Age Friendly Communities Conference which was held in the city in March.
Booking is essential. Please RSVP to Emma Riley by email email@example.com, or telephone 0151 478 4178. Please advise of any access requirements when responding.
The network meeting will be followed by a programme of age-friendly activities at the Museum of Liverpool – click here to find out more.