Outside the Box Development Support

Equality and diversity

Wisdom in Practice: Capacity building with older people to develop user-led services

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About the project

Wisdom in Practice aims to build on the skills, knowledge and confidence of older people, to enable you to start or develop services that are led by older people. It works with older people across Scotland to make a difference to the opportunities and services you can use.

The project is supported by a grant from the Scottish Government under the Equalities funding programme and will run for 3 years to early 2015.

We can work with people aged 50 and above across Scotland, in cities, towns and rural areas.

We particularly want to work with older people who sometimes get missed from initiatives for older people, or feel they would like to start services that are designed around their circumstances. This includes people from the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) communities and Black and Minority Ethnic communities.

The services can be anything which provides practical benefit to older people. The user-led part of it means that older people have a significant role in setting the values and detail of the service as well as deciding that it is needed.

What will happen

We are talking to people to find out about existing examples of services led by older people, and to hear about the gaps that people see and yourideas about the ways older people can contribute to making things better.

We are working with some localprojects, to help people there develop their ideas. Examples can be:

  • Developing an initial idea to the point where it is a plan.
  • Checking out the feasibility and level of interest – is there a need for it and will it work?
  • Identifying sources of funding and helping with funding applications.
  • Finding partners and other people and organisations who can help you.
  • Practical first steps to get it started.

 

We can give advice and support to other older people who are already involved in setting up services led by older people.

  • There are updates on the new website and through our newsletter.
  • There will be events where you can meet other people doing similar things in their own areas.



  • Older people and co-production: Report from Wisdom in Practice Co-production event November 2013

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  • Co-production involving and led by older people: An evidence and practice review

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  • Wisdom in Practice programme update: April 2014

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  • Event Flyer - Making SDS work for older people

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  • Monklands Men's Shed Conference Report: Nov 2013

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  • Wisdom in Practice Discussion Paper - Still Working: Economic activity and older people in Scotland

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  • Wisdom in Practice - Inverness event report: Older People Taking Action

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  • Coproduction and Older People - Event Presentation; 27th November 2013

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  • Coproduction and Older People discussion Paper

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  • Wisdom in Practice - November 27th Event Programme

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  • Wisdom in Practice - November Event flyer

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  • Older People Taking Action Flyer - October event

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  • Wisdom in Practice - Update from July 2013

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  • Shedding Light - report from Men's Shed Conference 2013

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  • Sharing Wisdom - Report from the national networking event March 2013

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  • Wisdom in Practice 1st Year Report

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  • Wisdom in Practice - What the gaps are; Information and Questions

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  • Wisdom in Practice - Case Examples, can you help?

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  • Case Example: Leith Time Bank

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  • Feedback and Update note - September 2012

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  • Learning the Craft

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  • Wisdom in Practice Information Flyer

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Further Resources

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