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50+ SKILLS EXCHANGE CLUB CALLS OUT FOR VOTES TO BAG A SHARE OF BAG CHARGE FUND – HORSHAM AND CRAWLEY!

As you may be aware, a couple of months ago we reached the final stage of the Tesco Bags of Help Initiative in the Redhill area. We are now pleased to announce we have also been shortlisted in Horsham and we would really appreciate your support! The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative!

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. We’re ecstatic to announce that you will have the chance to vote for us in the following stores:

Crawley                                                                    RH10 1GY

Crawley Betts Way Express                         RH10 9UY

Crawley Haslet Avenue Express                RH10 1AH

Crawley Poundhill Express                           RH10 3BA

Downland Drive Crawley Express            RH11 8SW

Ifield Crawley Express                                     RH11 0PL

 

Horsham                                                                  RH12 3YU

Horsham Express                                               RH13 5QH

Horsham Silver Wok Express                      RH13 6EY

 
Voting is open in stores throughout July and August. Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for May and June. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

By voting for us you can help to support and celebrate older people within our community and the priceless contribution they make! Let’s come together to make a real difference in the lives of over 50’s!

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.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club to launch in Horsham

Beta Futures, working in partnership with Horsham District Council and DWP, is pleased to announce that they will be launching The 50+ Skills Exchange Club in Horsham on Thursday 28 April at 10.30am at the Drill Hall, Denne Road, Horsham, RH12 1JF.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Club aims to bring people together on a weekly basis 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.

The 50+ Skills Exchange Clubs in Redhill and Crawley have benefitted from a variety of sessions including first aid, photography skills, computer skills and social media training. They have also welcomed a range of speakers from local charities such as Chestnut Tree House and Rocking Horse, pension advice groups and wellbeing groups. Social events including theatre trips and Christmas lunches have also been enjoyed by club members.

Cabinet Member for the Local Economy Cllr Gordon Lindsay commented:

“The introduction of this skills club for the over 50s will contribute to improving local residents’ employment prospects and general business growth for the district. It will also do much to encourage local community spirit and I would urge as many eligible people as possible to come along and benefit from the many opportunities on offer.”

Gaby Aldrich, The 50+ Skills Exchange Club Manager, said:  “Beta Futures is really excited to work with the council and  have this opportunity to engage with the 50 plus age group in Horsham, offering opportunities to share and develop personal skills, receive further training and not least, to have some fun!”

The whole community is warmly invited to the Horsham launch. Come along for some light refreshments and learn about The 50+ Skills Exchange Club from club members themselves. RSVPs to gaby@betafutures.com or visit their website: http://www.betafutures.com/newsite/club.html.