The Age Friendly Island (AFI) project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and we are currently in our 7th and last year of funding. We have a number of current projects we will complete this year and you will find further details below. We work with Island organisations and older people to co-produce this work. If you would like to be involved do get in touch.
The group works to encourage organisations to work in a consistent, co-ordinated way, to ensure that people who want to become or remain digitally connected, can do so. The group has four sub-groups working to deliver the overall goal.
The following organisations are involved in the Digital Connectivity steering group:
- Adult and Community Learning
- Age Friendly Island
- Age UK IW
- Barclays Digital Eagles
- Census 2021
- Citizen Advice Bureau
- Independent Arts
- Seaview and Nettlestone Parish Council
- 3 Ts Project
- Sight for Wight
- Sovereign Housing
- Trading Standards
- West Wight Hub
There is currently a survey running for members of the public to let us know what is working and what needs improving. This will shape the ongoing work.
The group provides feedback for how public spaces can be adapted to help with social distancing and ensuring Age Friendly principles are met. These adaptations are a direct response to Covid-19 with the easing of lockdown and the implications this has.
The group created a set of ‘Out & About’ Cards with the IWC to help people to feel more confident to navigate social distancing and other Covid-secure measures that are now in place.
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The group will also be working with the Heritage Action Zones in Newport and Ryde to give a voice to the issues and concerns of older people during the consultation phase.
The group is currently focusing on the work of the Centre for Ageing Better’s toolkit.
Celebrating Age Festival
The Celebrating Age Festival was last held in 2019 and has been on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year we are linking to the national campaign focusing on Valuable not Vulnerable.