The Positive Ageing Council was set up in 2011 to help give older people a voice, share views and ideas, meet new people and join in with free social activities.
The group is open to anyone aged 60 years or over who lives, works, learns or volunteers in the borough. They meet as an open forum four times a year to discuss issues that have a real effect on the lives of older people.
The group organise social events and activities and give older people an important voice in what services and facilities are provided in Lewisham. They also like to talk about anything and everything that matters to them.
Become a member
Becoming a member is free and you are sent free newsletters and emails updating you on things to do and support available for older people in the borough. To become a member, contact the Positive Ageing Council Coordinator, or attend one of the free meetings or events run by the group to become a member.
Meetings take place in the Council Chambers at the Civic Suite, Catford, and include guest speakers on selected topics and interactive, informal discussions on chosen local topics. They are friendly, relaxed and informal, and anyone wishing to attend can just come along.
Coming to you
The Positive Ageing Council are aware not everyone is always able to attend the meetings. Therefore, representatives can visit other community meetings and older persons’ groups in the borough, to hear the view points and feedback of older people.
If you would like someone to visit your social club, day centre, or organisation, please get in touch with the Positive Ageing Council Coordinator.
The Positive Ageing Council has a smaller group of 20 dedicated local volunteers aged 60 years or over, who act as representatives. They are responsible for taking forward the issues and actions that are raised at Positive Ageing Council meetings.
The steering group also acts as an older person's consultation group for Lewisham Council and local partners. They have advised the Council on an older persons’ road users guide, and advised representatives from Lewisham Police Consultative Group and Laban Trinity dance school.