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The Oxfordshire Age Friendly Creative Network (OAFCN) exists to ensure that older people across Oxfordshire have access to high quality creative and cultural opportunities. Age UK research tells us that creative and cultural participation is the single most important factor in contributing to a positive sense of wellbeing in later life. The OAFCN has taken inspiration from Age Friendly initiatives across the UK, including locally in Banbury, and aims to make arts and culture an integral part of the Age Friendly agenda in Oxfordshire.

Making creativity and culture more accessible to everyone

OAFCN supports cultural and creative partners including Theatres, Arts Centres, Libraries, Museums, Music Venues and Creative Practitioners to develop their age friendly creative offer for older people living in Oxfordshire and to ensure the arts are accessible to everyone. We want to collect evidence of good practice and disseminate the learning across OAFCN and beyond. Most importantly of all we want to celebrate the achievements and creativity of older people and challenge stereotypes.

How can you get involved?

The OAFCN is open to anyone with an interest in Age Friendly Arts and Culture. OAFCN members will receive regular updates and newsletters with information about innovative creative activities and groups, funding opportunities, research reports and other relevant information.

We will also organise themed events which will aim to generate new age friendly creative projects and activities and offer the opportunity to work with like-minded colleagues and organisations to develop new partnerships.

OAFCN e-news

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Oxfordshire Age Friendly Creative Ambassadors…

We want to put older people the heart of planning and delivery for age friendly creativity across Oxfordshire and we are in the process of creating a group of Age Friendly Creative Ambassadors (AFCA’s) who will help us shape creative and cultural provision locally. We are inviting older people from all areas of Oxfordshire to join the AFCA programme, no previous involvement with arts and culture is needed, get in touch to talk to us about this exciting project which has been generously supported by Oxford City Council and Sovereign Housing. See also the AFCA PDF briefing document below.

Response to Covid-19

We are monitoring Covid 19 situation and will continue to deliver some of our activities on-line to maintain safety. For those who are not digitally connected, to ensure they also access to creativity, our colleagues at Age of Creativity have produced a printable Creative Pack that can be shared (see download in links)

If you would like toto find out more please email helenfountain@ageukoxfordshire.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter.