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:
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.)
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.
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.