EB members Angie and Jamil at presentation with microphone and sign language interpreter

About the Equalities Board (2016-2020)

The Equalities Board (EB) was a group of people who know about discrimination and inequality. Together we used our combined wisdom to advise the Ambition for Ageing programme about equalities. The activity of the Equalities Board began in September 2016 and was completed in October 2020.

Who was on the Equalities Board?

Some board members were volunteers over 50 who had experience of inequality or discrimination, because of disability, gender, ethnic background, sexuality, or other life experiences.

Some board members were professionals from equalities organisations in Greater Manchester.

There were three part-time staff to support the Equalities Board at LGBT Foundation.

What did the EB do?

Together we tried to understand what it is like to get older for people in different communities. We tried to understand what it means to get older with different life experiences and different identities. We tried to understand what kinds of communities different people want to live in as they get older.

We learned from each other about different kinds of inequality and discrimination. We also recevied training in understanding inequality.

We met six times a year to discuss different parts of the AfA programme, and learn more about equalities issues. We also had an executive group that decided on the Equalities Board activities and meetings, and we took part in other AfA consultations and discussions.

What was the EB for?

Through our work we helped AfA make life better for all older people in different communities. We aimed to:

  • Bring together older people who experience discrimination and marginalisation, as well as equalities organisations.
  • Help LDLs involve older people who experience discrimination and marginalisation.
  • Check if LDLs and AfA programme as a whole are inclusive and accessible, and help them to get better.
  • Improve our understanding of inequalities in ageing through new research.
  • Send representatives to the Programme Board (PB) and help make strategic decisions.

Who is most at risk of being isolated in older life?

  • People over 75
  • Older men
  • People who are not in a relationship
  • People who live alone
  • People who belong to minorities (e.g because of disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, transgender)
  • People who live in poverty
  • People in poor health
  • Carers

Click on the links below to find out more.

(Photo credit: Shaheda Choudury)

Join Us

Join Us!

You can join the Equalities Board if:

1) You are an individual over 50,

  • and you live in an AFA borough,
  • and you have experience of inequality or discrimination.

*Please note applications are now closed


2) You are an equalities organisation working in one (or more) of the AFA boroughs supporting older people with experience of discrimination or from a marginalised community.

*Please note applications are now closed

Ageing Equally? Research Projects Have Now Begun

All the Ageing Equally research projects have now started, and you can read the full list here. There are five shorter research projects being done by members of the Equalities Board and ten longer research projects. The shorter projects will finish soon and the Equalities Board will produce simpler reports for each research project that are easier to read.

Event report: Ageing Equally in Greater Manchester?

Read all about our event at Manchester City Art Gallery on 6th December - a great day of learning about research into ageing and inequality.


The Equalities Board was created by older people in a process called 'co-production', which means 'producing together'. You can read all about it here.

Click here to read the EB constitution.