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Press coverage

Many of our projects and initiatives have been covered in the press and on TV. Recent coverage includes:

Big Dance 2016

Open Age dancers were excited to take part in this year's Big Dance.  They joined 600 other performers in Trafalgar Square to perform a piece choreographed by Akram Khan. 

A video of the performance is here.

Combating Loneliness

Open Age featured in a New York Times article on combating loneliness.  The full article is available here.  

Open Age Case Study

Open Age are delighted to be a case study in  Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation in Later Life developed by the Campaign to End Loneliness (Please see page 30). 

National Lottery Live

The National Lottery funds some of Open Age’s work to help older people to live positive, active lives. The National Lottery Live invited staff and several members to talk about their experiences on BBC1 on Saturday 7th December 2013. Participants were interviewed by Chris Evans about the impact Open Age has. We spread the word about how isolation and health issues can be tackled, so older people can lead fulfilling and engaging lives.

Watch the video.

Read the press release.

Big Lottery launches £40M for well-being projects

In 2013 the Big Lottery launched £40M worth of grants for well-being projects. Dr Linda Papadopoulos interviewed Helen Leech (Director of Open Age) about the benefits of keeping active and Dharmendra Kanani, the England Director of the BIG Lottery Fund, talked about how the grants would be distributed.

The Guardian: Open Age phone groups break down social barriers for housebound older people

We now host weekly phone chats for housebound people to help break down the social barriers that lack of mobility can present. Click here to read the full article


Leaving a Gift in Your Will

Open Age is raising awareness of leaving a gift to charity in your will. Legacies are an important way to support Open Age, as they help us to plan so that we can be there in the future for older people who need us. As well as providing for your family, friends and other loved ones in your will, please do consider the possibility of leaving a gift to Open Age.




For further information, please download a brochure here or contact Iqtadar Hasnain, Open Age Deputy Director, on 020 8962 5583 / 07930 413 691 or email


New Reed Centre!

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Octavia to deliver activities for older people at The Reed, a vibrant new community hub. For more information click here



Active Westminster Awards 2016

Open Age won 2 awards at the Active Westminster Awards  held at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The first award, ‘Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing Project’ was awarded to Open Age’s Steady and Stable programme. The second award, the most prestigious of all the awards, ‘Outstanding Contribution’ was awarded to Open Age for supporting those over 50 in Westminster into physical activity over the last 10 years.



Loneliness Initiatives

Open Age initiatives to combat loneliness features in the New York Times!  Click here for the full article. 



Campaign to End Loneliness

Open Age are delighted to be a case study in Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness and Isolation in Later Life developed by the Campaign to End Loneliness. (Please see page 30).