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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.

 

Update: 25th September Macmillan Coffee Morning

Beta Futures’ Macmillan Coffee Morning with Randall Schofield Court, on 25th September,  was deemed a success!

There was a buzzy atmosphere with cake, brick-a-brack and raffle prizes on offer. It was a brilliant way to raise money for such a good cause.

Beta Futures’ stall raised £67.20 in total.

It was also great to see photos from other Macmillan Coffee Mornings! You can check them out here: https://www.facebook.com/macmillancoffee.

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Did you hold a Macmillan Coffee Morning? We’d love to see your photos! Tweet them to @betafutures.

The Redhill Club Relaunch

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.

Following the success of The 50+ Skills Exchange Club Redhill Pilot, we are thrilled to announce that we will be relaunching The Club at the Harlequin on 1st October, as part of Older Peoples Day.  The 50+ Skills Exchange Club already runs successfully in Crawley. There are also plans to launch The Club in Reigate and Horsham in 2016.

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Redhill’s Photography Skills Session

The Club meets every Thursday,10.30-12.30 at the West Central Café and St John Ambulance (alternating each week). 

So, what has The Club been up to? The Redhill Club has enjoyed a variety of speakers including a First Aid session, Photography Skills and Ping Tsim who talked to members about alternative therapies.

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 £2800 in aid of this amazing charity and The Club members are hoping to arrange a trip to the hospice in the near future. There are also plans for a Christmas lunch with all of The 50+ Skills Exchange Club members.

Beta Futures is relaunching The Redhill Club to encourage new people to join which will help The Club to grow and develop. This will include a committee, made up of members, being set up to drive and shape The Club.

 

Find out more on our website: www.betafutures.com

“Beta Futures is a not-for-profit organisation that supports employers to break down the barriers to growth. Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting businesses’ growth and resourcing.

 The money Beta Futures generates from delivering these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they share with one another. The Club aims to reduce the exclusion and isolation of older people in local communities”.

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Meet Molly, our Marketing and PR Intern

In June 2015, Beta Futures welcomed Molly Aldrich – Wincer, a BSc Business Management & Marketing student from the University of Sussex, to the team. Today we will learn more about Molly, the work she’s been doing and the importance of internships for young people.

“I first applied for the position as I am very interested in businesses that have a social cause at the heart of the work that they do. Beta Futures therefore became very appealing to me. As a social enterprise that is passionate about reducing the exclusion of older people in their local communities and society as a whole, I was really keen to learn more and see how I could get on board.

As part of my degree I am required to do a placement year and I was motivated to fill this period with as much experience as possible. I already had experience as a Marketing Assistant within a solicitors firm in Brighton as well as working with various projects within the third sector. This meant I felt confident that I would be able to make a positive difference at the company. I originally applied to work with Beta Futures for a 10 week Marketing & PR internship. Examples of my work so far include developing the business’s marketing strategy, copy writing marketing materials, running Beta Futures’ social media platforms and supporting the team with the running of the 50+ Skills Exchange Club.

Molly with members from Crawley's 50+ Skills Exchange Club
Molly with members from Crawley’s 50+ Skills Exchange Club

The company have offered me a new role that starts in September, involving business development, sales and part supervising the new apprentice. Beta Futures is barely 2 years old and is growing at an impressive rate. This growth has included moving into a bigger office space and employing new staff – which has been really interesting for me to witness and be a part of.

Beta Futures specialises in identifying funding opportunities, writing bids and supporting SMEs’ growth and resourcing for their business. The money generated from these services allow them to run The Club. The 50+ Skills Exchange Club is a community initiative that is a meeting of like-minded people who have a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience which they are willing to pass on to others. In many ways I feel as if I am getting the best of both worlds. Working on something that I am passionate about and also learning more about business management in a practical setting.

My placement year ensures that I will graduate armed with experience that will allow me to pursue my career goals. Everybody knows that young people need experience. But unfortunately, you need experience to get a job and you need a job to gain experience – the vicious cycle that is all too familiar for many youngsters. Organisations that invest in interns are very likely to see real rewards and if they select the right candidate, they may end up staying! It is a long term investment and the benefits may not be immediate, but they will become apparent to the company and the intern in due course. As long as both parties are willing to put in the time and hard work that is required.

My work with Beta Futures is an invaluable opportunity for me and will give me the chance to apply theory that I have learnt from my degree so far and develop my own skillset and experience further.  I am really excited to tackle this new challenge and more importantly I am pleased that I don’t have to leave yet!”

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about Beta Futures and The 50+ Skills Exchange Club, drop us an email to marketing@betafutures.com! Or check out our website www.betafutures.com. 

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