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Putting Your Best Foot Forward – Walking for Health!

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club has teamed up with Crawley Wellbeing to bring you the ‘Every Step Counts’ Walking for health project!

For 12 weeks starting from the 31st of August 2016, members are welcome to the short walks across Crawley. Not only are they a great way to improve your health, but also fantastic way to meet new people; all whilst enjoying nature and the sites of stunning Crawley!

Physical activity still remains crucial to your health even when your body does not remain as energetic. The weekly walks are an easy way to incorporate a bit of simple fitness into your routine. Not only is walking a proven method to reduce the likelihood of illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, but just as importantly, studies show walking and/or light exercise has a positive impact on one’s mood, reducing feelings of depression and anxiety and for older people in particular it can reduce the risk of developing dementia.

The best part is that the walks are completely free for Club members! Becoming a Club member is also a cost-free and simple process, with just a straightforward registration form that needs completing. The Crawley Club runs every Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 at the Civic Hall and registration for the Club can be done there before the 9.30am walks! Members will be back in time for the Club sessions, where they can enjoy a hot drink, socialise with other Club members and participate in the variety of actives that take place and listen to the host of speakers that come along!

With so much to gain and nothing to lose but a few extra pounds, we look forward to walking with you!

If you require more information or would like to register for the Club please do not hesitate to contact us on – 01293 817227.

 

Beta Futures and Designing for the Future Launch Intergenerational Project

Beta Futures has recently teamed up with The Future Perfect Company to work on an exciting intergenerational project. Beta Futures aims to keep the lives of the 50+ in our society vibrant and worthwhile, making use of their skills and expertise they have gained over a lifetime. However, with the ageing population at its highest in record, there seems to be an ever-present generational gap.

The Future Perfect Company, a company which champions innovative thinking around the ageing demographic, has been engaging with design students at the College of Richard Collyer and the University of Brighton for the past 6 years with their Designing for the Future competition, working with A level students to create valuable products for the older population and deconstructing social barriers and stereotypes that exist between generations.

Beta Futures run the 50+ Skills Exchange Club and saw this as a perfect opportunity to engage some of its members directly these students at the beginning of their design careers; bringing together both young minds and those with years of experience under their belt to start a much needed conversation between the baby-boomers and the millennials. Members from the 50+ Skills Exchange Club visited the College of Richard Collyer to help launch Designing for the Future 2016/17. The members worked with the students, participating in discussions about the pros and challenges of ageing and the stereotypes surrounding older people.IMG_9298

Philippa Aldrich, Founder of The Future Perfect Company and Designing for the Future said: “We are absolutely delighted to be joined this year by members of the 50+ Skills Exchange Club who as expert older users can inform the students’ Designing for the Future projects with real life experiences and expertise”.

Margaret Williamson, 50+ Skills Exchange Club member, said: “I found it very interesting to hear the views of the younger generation. It was an enjoyable session and it was great to see that the students were very engaged in our discussions”.

Beta Futures hopes that this newly formed alliance with The Future Perfect Company will provide a platform upon which ages from either end of the spectrum can find common ground to discuss the challenges which face us all. In doing so Beta Futures fulfils one of its fundamental principles of social equality. Furthermore, the club members can use their valuable experiences to provide the younger generation with ideas and information that can be used to enrich their projects and some new and perhaps otherwise unlikely friendships can be established.

Designing for the Future Launch & Intergenerational Project

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Beta Futures is partnering up with The  Future Perfect Company to join Designing for the Futures’  panel of Judges . The organisations will also be working to develop an intergenerational project between the 50+ Skills Exchange  Club members and Designing for the Future students.

The competition has been running for 7 years and has just launched this year’s brief at the University of Brighton.  Designing for the Future encourages student designers to consider the challenges of ageing and this year will focus on dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today and Alzheimers Research UK estimate that by 2025 that number is expected to rise to over one million; by 2050 it is projected to exceed 2 million.

“Designing for the Future”, which is run by The Future Perfect Company in conjunction with the University of Brighton, encourages student designers to consider the many challenges of ageing so as to allow people to continue to live enjoyable, active and independent lives.

This year students from the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities will be invited to develop innovative new products and design concepts to benefit people affected by dementia and its care. A parallel project run with students studying product design will be investigating smart technology.  In each case, students are encouraged to produce design outcomes which are desirable, support real areas of need and inspire new approaches and attitudes.

The winners of the Competition will be announced in June and will receive a package of mentoring and support to help them to develop their products and ideas further and emulate the success of previous “Designing for the Future” alumni.

Says Philippa Aldrich from The Future Perfect Company: “We have been running “Designing for the Future” for seven years and it continues to go from strength to strength. We are particularly excited about this year’s focus on dementia and to be working with Active Minds who recently won a National Dementia Care Award for their dementia care products. We are delighted to have more judges and workshop facilitators than ever before from design, academia and industry.  We will be continuing to build our DFF network to support alumni as they graduate and begin their design careers.”

Judges and workshop facilitators this year will include Professor Anne Boddington, Dr Tom Ainsworth, Dr Carlos Parelta and Dr Eddy Elton, University of Brighton; Philippa Aldrich & Molly Aldrich-Wincer, The Future Perfect Company; Tom Serpell, Director of Eastbourne – Designed for all; Marie Harris, Beta Futures; architects Geraghty Taylor; Peter Dale, SEEFA; Maggie Winchcombe, Years Ahead; designers Jack Durling and Chloe Meineck; and Intellectual Property lawyer John Greager.

 

 

 

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club: Crawley Club Update

Below you will find our article  for Age Action Alliance published on 31st July 2015:

“The 50+ Skills Exchange Club brings people together to socialise and learn new skills. It also supports individuals who are wishing to get back into work or pursue volunteering opportunities in the local community.

In May 2015 Beta Futures was delighted to launch the 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Crawley.  The Club currently runs in Redhill and there are plans for a third in Horsham by 2016.

So what has The Club been up to? The Club has already welcomed an increasing number of members and hosted several guests such as Loredana D’Andrea from K2’s Well Being team.

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The Crawley Club Launch May 2015

The Crawley Club is organising future meetings including a First Aid session and representatives coming in from local businesses.  Members of The Club were also recently inspired by Chestnut Tree House when a speaker came in to talk about the hospice’s work. Beta Futures’ Managing Director, Marie Harris, will be embarking upon a 50km trek of the Great Wall of China over 5 days in October 2015. So far Marie has raised over £1000 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future.

Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session
Ping Tsim Alternative Therapies Crawley Session

The Club members are putting forward their own ideas for Club events such as fundraising, craft stalls and much more. A committee will soon be established which will allow members to shape and drive the direction of The Club.”

Want to learn more? Check out our website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/50plus.html

Our blog on the Age Action Alliance website: http://ageactionalliance.org/the-50-skills-exchange-club-crawley-update/

Marie Harris’ Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/marie-harris6/

You can also find us on Twitter (@50PlusSkills) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/50-Skills-Club/1569904066559573).

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