Age of Inspiration social enterprise launches

ANNOUNCING A NEW AND EXCITING SOCIAL ENTERPRISE TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF OLDER PEOPLE

Paula Gamester and Maureen Fazal are inviting individuals over the age of 50 to join them at two events they are organising on Wednesday 16 May at Evermoor Hub Digmoor Skelmersdale 1pm till 3.30pm and Tanhouse Community Centre Thursday 24 May 1pm till 3.30pm.

The event is free to attend thanks to ‘Building Better Opportunities’ (BBO) programme funding from the European Social Fund, the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, and Lancashire County Council.

Paula explains, “The ambition for Age of Inspiration is to “IGNITE”, “INSPIRE” and “CONNECT” our older people to the things that keep them well.

“We have an amazing afternoon in store for those attending; we will be using humour and laughter as a mechanism to turn your bad days into good days and have enlisted the help of local entertainers Paul McCoy and Dave Ashley. This is going to be an afternoon of inspiration, fun and laughter.”

Paula and Maureen firmly believe that there are assets and gifts out there in communities, and that their job as good servants and good leaders is to recognise those gifts in others, and help them put those gifts into action.

Communities have never been built upon their deficiencies. Building communities has always depended on mobilising the capacity and assets of people and place.

Liz Tapner, CEO of Selnet who leads the Building Better Opportunities in Lancashire, said, “We are delighted to partner with two of Lancashire’s leading social innovators on this fantastic initiative and to celebrate the value of the contribution our older residents make.”

“There is so much we as an older generation can do to have a rich, fulfilled and active older life,” said co-founder Maureen. At the events we will provide opportunities for participants to unlock: • The passions and interests that give them energy for change • The networks and connections including friendships and neighbourliness

We will also invite and have representatives of local community and voluntary associations as well as having representatives from the public, private and third sector organisations that are available to support them.

Well-Being is an integral part of the event programme; we passionately believe that if you’re not “Strong” and “Resilient” you cannot move forward. The New Economics Foundation Five Ways to Wellbeing, a set of evidence based practical things that participants can do to help stay strong and resilient underpins the whole event. These are: CONNECT, BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE, KEEP LEARNING AND GIVE.

Download the full press release here.

Contacts:
Age of Inspiration initiative: Contact Paula or Maureen on 01695 550772
Selnet or Building Better Opportunities: For queries about contact 01772 200690 or visit www.selnet-uk.com/bbo