How can the capacity of older people for engagement in their local community be better encouraged? This think-piece sets out a real-life model of self-organising community groups that help vulnerable older people and collaborate with health professionals.

Authored by Simon Goodenough, Director of the ‘Upstream’ Healthy Living Centre, this paper describes how older people themselves are engaged with to create self-organising groups in the community that promote active ageing and social participation. It goes on to describe how this model has been integrated with the work of local primary care trusts and health professionals.

Given that older people increasingly have the tools, motivation and good-health for organising in their own community, is this the way forward?

The ILC-UK would like to know what you think of these ideas, and you can post your response on the ILC-UK Blog under the heading: “Unlocking capacity in the community”.

Author: Simon Goodenough

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