From almshouses to pensioners action groups: The history of voluntary action for and by older people

Event Details

  • Event date: 15/06/2019
  • Venue: King’s College London, Bush House, South East Wing, 300 Strand, London WC2R 1AE

Booking is now open for VAHS’s study day, From almshouses to pensioners action groups: The history of voluntary action for and by older people

 

We welcome the attendance of members and friends of the Social History Society, who are interested in voluntary action for and by older people. Please join us!

Register via Eventbright:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/from-almshouses-to-pensioners-action-groups-the-history-of-voluntary-action-for-and-by-older-people-tickets-61517321966

Registration fee: £25 for members of VAHS and £30 for non-members

 

Join VAHS: http://www.vahs.org.uk/membership/

 

Points of interest:

A varied programme of talks, discussion and debate including lunch and concluding with conviviality. The keynote address will be given by Professor Pat Thane, research professor in contemporary British history, King’s College, London. Speakers include academic and independent researchers, practitioners and older activists and witnesses. The programme can be viewed on the event’s Eventbrite page.

 

What it is about:

Over time older people have been seen both as passive recipients of care and support designed and delivered by others and as active agents engaged in activities to suit their own self-defined needs and interests. Different strands of voluntary action have developed to reflect these views.

This study day will explore voluntary action by and for older people over time. That is, it will explore ways in which the identities of older people have been constructed and by whom, how services have been designed and delivered to older people, and in contrast how older people have designed and delivered activities and services to suit their self-defined interests and needs.