About Us

Wise Age and our predecessor is the first specialist 50+ employment agency in London - is a voluntary organisation with charitable objectives that campaigns for the elimination of age discrimination in all aspects of life, particularly employment.

We promote age diversity in the workplace, provide support to older working age adults (50+) seeking work, carry out research, and provide best practice training for organisations wanting to develop employment support services for the 50+ or interested in improving the quality of their existing provision.

Wise Age also campaigns for the active involvement of older people in developing age-friendly cities and services, and promotes intergenerational communication and understanding.

Aims & Objectives

Our aim is the promotion of equality and diversity for public benefit through:

  • The elimination of discrimination on grounds of race, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief; in particular age.
  • Advancing education and raising awareness of equality and diversity; in particular relating to age.
  • Conducting or commissioning research on equality and diversity issues and publishing the results to the public; in particular, in relation to employment, training and age.
  • Cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity, with particular reference to age.

Wise Age is currently funded by:

  • The Trust for London through their support for our Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support (ROPES) training programme and Age & Employment Experts Network (AEEN)
  • The Big Lottery Fund, via Connect Hackney for their programme to reduce social isolation among older people
  • The Department of Work & Pensions for our Age Works programme

Former funders include the European Union through their Lifelong Learning Grundtvig Programme support for our A.C.T. for SHARE and EVOLVE projects.

Wise Age is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registered Charity No. 1188629.

Registered address: 3 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY

Conference Reports

Chris goes to Serbia - our Chief Exec travels to a Healthy Workplaces seminar (March 2017)

Chris Walsh, our Chief Executive, travelled to Serbia to attend the Healthy work places – good practice: Let's learn from each other! seminar.

The seminar was organised by WOW (World Organisation of Workers) in co-operation with SS BOFOS (Autonomous Trade Union of Employees in Banks, Insurance Companies and other Financial Organizations of Serbia) and The European Centre for Workers’ Questions (EZA).

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Positive Ageing in London Meeting (May 2016)

Chris went to the House of Lords on 9th May 2016 in his capacity as a vice Chair of Positive Ageing in London (PaiL) to discuss with other regional chairs and vice chairs the future of the network of age forums across England.

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Activities

Wise Age is involved in a wide range of activities which aim to improve the situation of older working-age adults. Activities range from promoting intergenerational communication and understanding, campaigning for age diversity in the workplace, support to organisations offering direct support to 50+ jobseekers, and adult learning.

We are engaged with partners both in the UK and from across the EU in developing and sharing best practice in order to improve the availability and quality of support for older adults 50 – 65+ years, not only those seeking employment or self-employment but also older workers who are often discriminated against when it comes to the allocation of training resources.

Our current projects include:

  • A.C.T. for SHARE Project (SHARE) 2013-2015
    SHARE is a European transnational project funded by the EU Lifelong Learning GRUNDTVIG Programme. Five partners – from Greece, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and the UK (Wise Age), have been working together to promote intergenerational communication and understanding through broadcasting discussions involving both older people (aged 50+) and younger people (under 25years and not in formal education or training).
  • Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support (ROPES)
    ROPES aims to improve the availability and quality of employment support to people aged 50+ in six London boroughs: Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets in the east London; and Lambeth, Lewisham & Southwark in south London. It is a 2 year pilot project which Wise Age is hoping to roll out London-wide from 2016.
  • Age-Friendly Cities
    Wise Age believes older people are key to determining the extent to which cities are age-friendly. As part of the EVOLVE Project 2012-2014 volunteers from Rome, Milan and Turin undertook age-audits of different areas of London during a 4-week stay in the capital in November 2013. In March 2014 six volunteers from London undertook similar surveys during a stay in Rome.

Wise Age continues to seek partnerships to further develop work relating to age-friendly cities.

Our Projects

Wise Age is involved in a wide range of activities which aim to improve the situation of older working-age adults. Activities range from promoting intergenerational communication and understanding, campaigning for age diversity in the workplace, support to organisations offering direct support to 50+ jobseekers, and adult learning.

We are engaged with partners both in the UK and from across the EU in developing and sharing best practice in order to improve the availability and quality of support for older adults 50 – 65+ years, not only those seeking employment or self-employment but also older workers who are often discriminated against when it comes to the allocation of training resources.

Our current projects include:

Resourcing Older People's Employment Support (ROPES)Ropes Logo

Funded by Trust for London the ROPES project aims to improve the availability and quality of employment support to people aged 50+ in 19 boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Camden, City of London, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Havering, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.

More than 50 organisations have completed the training and joined our Age and Employment Experts Network (AEEN.)


Age WorksAgeWorks small

Wise Age are working with the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in south east and east London to provide 50+ employment support for people who are unemployed and registered on Job seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.

The first contract is with South East London DWP, ran for six months to May 2017 and achieved a 50% success rate.

The second contract is in the East London DWP District (Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets), running for twelve months from February 2017. We'll recruit 58 clients and aim to help at least 23 into work.


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We are working with Hackney Connect to provide support and training both to large and small organisations in Hackney to help them provide joined-up support to over 50s seeking employment and self-employment. There is also funding to provide direct support to 50+ individual Hackney residents looking for work. The project will run over a 2 year period, to 2018.