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SWFoA is one of nine English Forums on Ageing who help share the views, knowledge and experience of older people with Government departments (local and national), public service providers and some private sector organisations too. Their work has been inspired by the 2009 Elbourne Report, which reviewed how older people could best engage with the organisations who impact upon their lives.

The Forum has a clear focus on helping to improve the independence, health and well-being of older people through effective engagement. It ensures that the views, experience and perspective of older people are considered and, more importantly, responded to.

At a local level, we work with councils, heath trusts, other public bodies, charities and voluntary sector organisations – helping to shape their services and develop a better understanding of ‘what works for older people’.

At a national level, we play a very full part in the UK Advisory Forum on Ageing, chaired by two Government Ministers, and play an important role in influencing policies and decisions at the very highest level.

Our membership is made up of older people’s representatives and the bodies who work with, and for, them.  You’ll find more on that on another page.