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We believe that older people are not valued enough in this society and this affects both the mental and physical health of people as they age. Also, younger people are cut off from a rich resource of experience.  Elderventure aims to help older people to value themselves and to support them in the process of getting older (and wiser!)

We operate collaboratively, hold regular group meetings and organise workshops on collaborative society and the art of mentoring.  Since we started, we have been asked to enable and facilitate various  intergenerational projects  in Frome and a role is emerging of helping different voluntary organisations to work together to create a  joined-up society.

Anyone is welcome to come along. Please subscribe to our mailing list if you are interested in receiving our newsletters or coming to meetings and events.

  • Valuing Olders as Elders
  • Talking about the Issues of Ageing
  • Supporting Each Other to Develop as Elders
  • Developing Intergenerational Projects
  • Teaching communities to collaborate

 

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Our vision

Bill Palmer, one of the founders of Elderventure, says: “I was invited to spend some time in Beihang University in China. Every morning I used to go to the park to do qigong exercises and there were at least one hundred people doing the same. Their average age was about 70 and, when I talked to them, I found they were the retired lecturers. The university kept them on campus after retirement because they found their experience valuable. When I talked to the younger executives they said how important they found this resource of experience. They had the energy to do things but sometimes lacked the wisdom to know what to do..

Back in the UK I contrasted this with how we treat our older people in general. When people retire, all their experience is lost to the organisation that they worked for. We tend to patronise older people, leave them isolated or sequester them in care homes. There are very few structures where younger people can learn from and use the experience of older people.

Neil Oliver, from Edventure, and I decided to form Elderventure as a way of changing the view of older people in Frome society. To form a support group to share and revalue ourselves as older people and to encourage intergenerational projects.”

Group Meetings

We meet about once every six weeks to talk about our lives, how it is to grow older, how to deal with the loss of youth and how to value ourselves as we now are.

These meetings also act to give support and mentoring for those of us involved in Intergenerational Projects in Frome.

The meetings are open to everyone but please contact us beforehand if you want to come.

Blog

Crying for Elderventure

by Beatrix Bliss: A director of Edventure and group facilitator. Elderventure is a new group that’s started in Frome that comes from a realisation that older people are not valued in British culture and want to change that. What most surprised me about the first Elderventure gathering that I attended one evening a couple of weeks ago, was …

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