This webinar is an EPALE NSS UK event and is part of the Belfast Positive Ageing Month. Positive Ageing Month is a month-long festival of events and activities for older people that celebrates the contribution older people make to their communities and the city of Belfast.
What is the evidence about older people and learning and what needs to be done to improve provision for older people in Northern Ireland?
A 2019 survey showed that participation in adult learning in the UK generally was the lowest for the past 23 years (and rates in Northern Ireland are the lowest in the UK) with the steepest decline amongst the 65+. This is worrying given what we know of the benefits of learning in terms of addressing health and wellbeing, loneliness and isolation etc. and the continuing demographic shift.
The seminar will stimulate discussion and hopefully follow-up action on topics including:
- Where is good practice and why isn't is universally available?
- Is it a postcode lottery in terms of provision?
- Who should be taking responsibility?
Prof Emeritus Alex Withnall will give an overview on older people and learning. We will then hear from Elma Greer on provision in Belfast and from Lorraine Calderwood of the Arts Council on work it has done with older people. Commissioner for Older People Eddie Lynch will give some closing remarks.
You can register to attend this webinar on Eventbrite.