Survey of 400 people in 2015 to ascertain the thoughts of people ageing without children which formed the basis of AWOCs initial plans
Created AWOC groups in York, Leeds & Bradford
Set up a closed Facebook group which has over 1800 members
Created a website that has over 60,000 visitors
Set up a Twitter feed which has over 3000 followers
Held two conferences, first in London in 2015 and the second in Birmingham in 2016 focusing specifically on planning for later life without children.
Partnered with the Beth Johnson Foundation in a successful bid to the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to deliver two pilot planning for a later life without children workshops
Researched and published with funding from Beth Johnson Foundation, “Our Voices”, a report detailing the lived experiences of people ageing without children which is available for free download from the AWwoC website.
Worked with PRAMA in Dorset to develop guidelines for organisations wanting to set up AWOC groups
Part of the Transform Ageing progamme being piloted in the south west
We have achieved so much in such a short time because of:
Our focus and concentration of effort: on an issue that, before AWwoC, had received little attention;
Our credibility: our founder and directors all self-identify as ageing without children and, in consequence, bring not only passion and commitment, but personal authority and integrity to the work of the organization; and
Our ability to forge connections: our founder and directors have and continue to build networks and engage stakeholders.