Ageing w/o Children – AWOC Conference June 2016

Building Your Rainbow: Practical Inspiration for Later Life,
Woodbrooke, Birmingham

SUNDAY 26th JUNE: AWOC Sunday Supper

Supper + room package: £45 for AWOC members | £100 for non-members

MONDAY 27th JUNE: Conference Day (9am-4.30pm)

Building Your Rainbow: Practical Inspiration for Later Life

£55 inc. lunch | free for AWOC members

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Morning Sessions: Inspiration

  • Creating a positive later life with Jane Ashcroft (Anchor Housing)
  • Revisiting and revitalising the dreams of youth with Patrick Shine (The Shaftesbury Society)
  • Staying connected across the generations with Patrick Thomson (Centre for Ageing Better)

Afternoon Sessions: Practicalities

  • How co-housing really works with Anna Kear (UK Co-Housing Association)
  • Getting the paperwork sorted – legal issues for later life with Andrew Roberson (McClure Solicitors)
  • Retirement villages and care with Nick Williams (MHA)
  • How to be involved in your local community and volunteering with Julie Apps (Age UK, Birmingham)

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Speakers to include:

  • Dr Mervyn Eastman, Founding Member AWOC: Chair for the day
  • Patrick Shine, The Shaftesbury Society: What makes your heart sing?
  • Patrick Thomson, Centre for Ageing Better: Being prepared for later life
  • Kirsty Woodard Founder AWOC: What’s Next for AWOC?
  • Jane Ashcroft CBE, CEO Anchor Housing: Planning for a Later Life Without Children
  • Stephen Burke, United for All Ages: Connecting Generations
  • Anna Kear Executive Director UK Co-Housing network: How co-housing really works
  • Nick Williams: MHA
  • Andrew Robertson: Managing Director, McClure Solicitors: Legal issues for those ageing without children

Breakout discussions to include:

  • Revisiting my rainbow: What do I want my later life to be like?
  • Creating my rainbow: Planning a later life without children
  • Building my rainbow: What do I need to do to make my plan happen?
  • From dreams to reality: ‘My Pledge’: When I get back from the AWOC Conference I will…

Breakout facilitators to include:

  • Jody Day: Founder, Gateway Women, Board Member AWOC, Member of AWOC London Group
  • Kirsty Woodard: Founder, AWOC
  • Maria Hughes: Network Enabler, Ageing Better LGBT Hub, Birmingham LGBT
  • Julie Apps: AGE UK, Birmingham


Nick Williams: MHA
Nick joined MHA as Head of Marketing in October 2014. MHAs aim is to eliminate loneliness and isolation for older people by creating communities that care. He was previously Director of a strategic marketing and sales development consultancy specialising in the Financial Services and Mutual sectors following a range of Marketing and Sales leadership roles for a number of leading Life and Pension providers and Building Societies. Nick was also a trustee for the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust for 7 years. The charity takes young people between the ages of 8–24 sailing to help them regain their confidence on their way to recovery from cancer.

Anna Kear: Chief Executive UK Co-Housing network
Anna was appointed as Executive Director of the UK Co-Housing Network in February 2016. Prior to joining UKCN Anna was a development director for Aster Group for seven years and has worked in the field of housing since 1988 since leaving University. Anna lives in Bath in a Victorian terrace with shared garden space for food growing and keeping chickens. As well as being a keen gardener Anna loves to cook for friends, family and neighbours.

Patrick Shine: Retirement Transition Initiative, the Shaftesbury Society
Patrick Shine has 15 years’ experience in advising charities, social enterprises and entrepreneurs, with an emphasis on scaling strategies, leadership development and social investment. Patrick has active links with policymakers, think tanks and academics, focusing on how policy ideas can be made to work in practice.

Jane Ashcroft CBE: Chief Executive, Anchor
Jane joined Anchor in 1999. She is a Trustee of The Silverline, a helpline for older people, a Non-Executive Director of Dignity PLC and Vice Chair of Associated Retirement Community Operators, representing retirement providers. Jane is also a Board member of Care England, the largest representative body for providers of adult social care and a Board member of the National Housing Federation which represents housing associations in England. She was awarded a CBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to older people.

Patrick Thomson: Senior Programme Manager, the Centre for Ageing Better
The Centre for Ageing Better is an independent charitable foundation working to help everybody enjoy a good later life. Patrick oversaw Ageing Better’s first major piece of published research ‘Later Life in 2015’ and leads on Ageing Better’s programme on work and employment for over 50s. As a former member of the UK Government Social Research Unit he previously commissioned and managed projects for the Department for Work and Pensions’ ageing society strategy.

Stephen Burke: United for All Ages
Stephen Burke is Director of United for All Ages, a social enterprise that aims to create a stronger Britain and stronger communities by bringing older and younger people together. United for All Ages focuses on big social and economic issues that can be tackled by an all ages approach, uniting not dividing different generations.

Kirsty Woodard Staunton: Founder, AWOC
Kirsty runs AWOC on a day to day basis and has 20 years experience of working in the field of ageing. She began in 1994 running an advocacy and advice service for older people before becoming the manager of Well & Wise healthy living centre for older people in Camden. She went on to advise Age UK on social care policy and service development models. She has been a freelance consultant and trainer since 2007 working with third sector organisations. In 2014, she was an UnLTD award winner for manAGEing through sport, a social enterprise designed to tackle loneliness and social isolation in older men. Kirsty is married and childless.

Andrew Robertson: Managing Director, McClure Solicitors
Andrew Robertson, is a Solicitor with 45 years legal experience covering Court, Conveyancing, Estate Agency, Matrimonial and Probate. He is Managing Director of McClure Solicitors, a legal services company with 10 offices throughout the UK which specialises in Wills, Powers of Attorney, Family Protection Trusts, Estate Planning and Inheritance Tax solutions. The company is partnered with over 40 charities who recommend us for Estate Planning and it raises around £1.5m per month for charities. Lots of businesses also use McClure Solicitors, including members of the Institute of Professional Willwriters, Golden Charter and Financial Advisers. Andrew says “Getting a Will right is not as easy as some may think. You only do it once so it pays to get it right”.

Jody Day: Founder, Gateway Women
As well as being the Founder of Gateway Women, the global friendship and support network for childless-not-by-choice women, Jody is a Board Member at AWOC and part of the steering team for the London AWOC Group. Jody is the author of Living the Life Unexpected: 12 Weeks to Your Plan B for a Meaningful and Fulfiling Future Without Children (Bluebird/PanMacmillan 2016) now being translated for international editions. She is divorced, childless-not-by-choice, and lives in London with her cat, who is also single and childless.

Dr Mervyn Eastman: Founder, Change AGEnets, Board Member AWOC
Mervyn trained in Social Work (CQSW) in the early 70’s and has worked in all fields of social care, much of it specialising in issues, services and policies related to age and ageing. He Co-Founded and is now President of the Practitioner Alliance for Safeguarding Adults (founded 1997) and following retirement as a Director of Social Services for a North London Borough, became Director of the Government Programme, Better Government for Older People (BGOP) a post held until 2009. Change AGEnts Network (a Charitable Society for the Benefit of the Community and a form of Co-operative) was co-founded out of BGOP in 2009 and seeks to change how we think about Older People. Has authored numerous publications on a range of issues related to public services and Older People, and was the first person (back in 1984) outside the USA to publish a book on the then marginalised issue of Elder Abuse in the domestic setting.

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2 thoughts on “Ageing w/o Children – AWOC Conference June 2016”

  1. I would love to attend this excellent session. I believe that aging will continue to emerge as one of the major dialogues that will continue to drive our society.

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