Empowering Communities through Partnership Working with Ageless Thanet

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This interactive workshop is part of the Stronger Together Festival of Co-production Learning, hosted by Ageing Better

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Please note this is a one hour workshop - the discussion aspect will take place in the workshop itself and not as an additional Q&A afterwards

12:50 pm – 1:50 pm A Conversation with Ageless Thanet & Dave Martin (an associate of The Centre for Policy on Ageing)

This 60 minute interactive workshop will take the shape of a conversation, offering an insight into Ageless Thanet’s approach to co-production through partnership working; which has empowered people within their local community.

Dave will help to tease out some of the core aspects and challenges, chatting to people who have been involved at the very heart of Ageless Thanet's approach.

Throughout the workshop, you will be encouraged to observe and respond to some of the challenges raised with an aim of animating co-production as an approach, exploring the many benefits and positive outcomes, as well as some of the sticking points.

The second half of the session will take the form of a discussion between the Ageless Thanet partners and participants in breakout rooms, where you will be given the opportunity to talk about where you are at in your own co-production journeys.

Guest: Dave Martin

Dave Martin started working in Camden in 1972 in the voluntary sector on issues relating to children and young people, then became Head of the Play Service at Camden Council. In 1996 as Assistant Director in the Leisure and Community Services Department he led the ‘Vulnerable Older People’s Project’, a corporate “whole systems” partnership programme seeking to reduce the risk of vulnerability amongst elders.

Dave became an Associate Director with Better Government for Older People (BGOP) in 2002 until leaving in 2007. He was a key member of the joint Better Government for Older People/Audit Commission team which produced a series of Audit Commission reports about Independence and Well-being for older people in 2004.

Dave is an Associate with The Centre for Policy on Ageing, and worked on the CPA project “Restor(y)ing Retirement” as part of the Transitions in Later Life programme run by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation;

Since 2015 Dave has been a member of the Expert Panel for the National Lottery Community Fund Ageing Better programme.

He is currently also an Associate with Canopy, a not for profit organisation which has been developing practice and thinking about social imagination. The focus being to use social imagination to reimagine ageing – taking a life course approach.

This event will be on Zoom, a link with joining instructions will be sent out to you prior to the session.

If you have any further questions about the event or our national co-production toolkit which will be launched at the event, please get in touch with Vicky via email:

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