About the Equalities Board
The Equalities Board (EB) is a group of people who know about discrimination and inequality. Together we use our combined wisdom to advise the Ambition for Ageing programme about equalities.
Who is on the Equalities Board?
Some board members are volunteers over 50 who have experience of inequality or discrimination, because of disability, gender, ethnic background, sexuality, or other life experiences.
Some board members are professionals from equalities organisations in Greater Manchester.
There are three part-time staff to support the Equalities Board at LGBT Foundation.
What does the EB do?
Together we try to understand what it is like to get older for people in different communities. We try to understand what it means to get older with different life experiences and different identities. We try to understand what kinds of communities different people want to live in as they get older.
We learn from each other about different kinds of inequality and discrimination. We also get training in understanding inequality.
We meet six times a year to discuss different parts of the AfA programme, and learn more about equalities issues. We also have an executive group that decides on the Equalities Board activities and meetings, and we take part in other AfA consultations and discussions.
What is the EB for?
Through our work we help AfA make life better for all older people in different communities. We aim 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
Click on the links below to find out more.
(Photo credit: Shaheda Choudury)
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.
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.
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.
Read all about our event at Manchester City Art Gallery on 6th December - a great day of learning about research into ageing and inequality.