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Presentation given to the National Homecare conference about Nesta's Age Unlimited Scotland programme which supported social entrepreneurs in later life; and associated practical guide, Rooted

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Age Unlimited Scotland

  1. 1. Reaching, stimulating and supporting older social entrepreneurs Gillian Easson, Development Manager
  2. 2. Sunday Herald 14/12/09
  3. 3. Good Health P X Poor Health 60yrs 70yrs 80yrs 90yrs
  4. 4. When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out 'til quarter to three, would you lock the door? Volunteering Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm sixty-four? You'll be older too Ah, and if you say the word, I could stay with you Hobbies Learning WHEN I could be handy, mending a fuse when your lights have gone You can knit a sweater by the fireside, Sunday mornings, go for a ride I’M digging the weeds, whoSpace for new more? opportunities Doing the garden, could ask for in when I'm Will you still need me, will you still feed me 20-30 yearsixty-four? SIXTY window of ‘retirement’ Every summer we can rent a cottage GrandInFOUR… if it's Do nothing = the Isle of Wight not to, dear We shall scrimp and save disengage Ah, grandchildren on your knee, Vera, Chuck and Dave parenting / caring Send me a postcard, drop me a line stating point of view Part-time Indicate precisely what you mean to say, yours sincerely wasting away work Give me your answer, fill in a form, mine forever more Will you still need me, will you still feed me when I'm sixty-four?
  5. 5. Age Unlimited Scotland  Over 2 years, 27 new social innovators in their 50s and 60s supported to design, develop and deliver their good ideas for community ventures. 16 awarded micro finance investment average grant was £5,000.  Enhanced participant’s sense of purpose, self-belief, instilled confidence and determination.
  6. 6. to keep active to pass on to help to learn for wellbeing to give back to earn for my town for my grand children
  7. 7. AUS programme involved Programme Features Programme Benefits Five group workshops and peer networks Someone to share experiences with, gain business skills and build confidence Practical tools Tools to make the idea more robust, test and build the business case Specialist expertise and advice Help to overcome barriers in particular areas Peer mentoring Help to sustain the momentum with a critical friend Micro finance investment To help establish the venture Follow on support Ensure long term venture sustainability
  8. 8. ‘Ordinary’ people, who are actually pretty extraordinary!
  9. 9. Mamie Donald, Edinburgh – Third Age Computer Fun Mamie Donald launched a computer games club for the over-50s, after identifying older people want to play online games such as Farmville too, as a way to gain computing confidence for other uses such as communication, shopping and hobbies.
  10. 10. Ena Brown, East Kilbride – The Hub Café Ena Brown spotted a gap in her local area to bring older people together for tea, cake, laughs and entertainment. The Hub Café was born.
  11. 11. Rooted Guide: Growing Your Own Social Venture A practical step-by-step guide for supporting social entrepreneurship in later life.
  12. 12. A free publication for social entrepreneurs in later life: Rooted Guide: Growing Your Own Social Venture To request complimentary paperback copies please contact: View it online:
  13. 13. Thank you! Gillian Easson @GillianEasson