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Surfing the Silver Wave Conference

Surfing the Silver Wave


Unlocking Potential Surfing the Silver Wave Conference

On 24th March 2011 Volunteer Now hosted an international conference in Belfast to explore how volunteering and civic engagement could be developed to meet the needs of an ageing society.

To view the presentations (and also a video of each presentation) please click on the links below.

Dr Virpi Timonen (SPARC), Trinity College Dublin - Ensuring Civic Engagement and Wellbeing in an Ageing Society. Please click here to view a video of Virpi's presentation.

Dr Brendan Murtagh (QUB) - Social Economies and the Age Sector in Northern Ireland. Please click here to view a video of Brendan's presentation.

Thomas Endres (NCOA) - USA - From Age Boom to Resource Boom. Please click here to view a video of Thomas's presentation.

Lester Strong (Experience Corps) - USA - High Stakes Big Impact. Please click here to view a video of Lesters presentation.

Barbara Huston (Partners in Care) - USA -  Timebanking Project. Please click here to view a video Barbara's presentation.

Wendy Osborne OBE (Volunteer Now) - Unlocking Potential. Please click here to view a video of Wendy's presentation.

Alex Attwood (Minister for Social Development) - Please click here to view a video of the Minister's opening remarks at the conference.

General Panel Discussion - Please click here to view a video of the question and answer session.

Dame Joan Harbison (Older People's Advocate) - Please click here to view a video of Dame Joan's closing remarks at the conference.

The Age of Experience

Unltd's Engage programme offers support to new and existing social entrepreneurs aged 50+. This film showcases this support and focuses on local social entrepreneur Derek McClure and the impact made by one of his social enterprises, Daisies Cafe, in Newtownards.



Experience Shared

The Prince's Trust provides support to young people to move them into training and employment. Volunteer Business Mentors with the Prince's Trust provide guidance and support to young people in the local community. who have started their own business. This film case studies local business woman, Lorraine Milne, to show how her volunteering has benefitted the Prince's Trust and the young people it supports.



Making it Personal

Blodwen Espie has volunteered at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen for over 40 years. This film focuses on Blodwen's volunteering and the value it has added to staff and service users of the Erne Hospital. The film showcases the approach to volunteering adopted in a statutory setting by the Western Health and Social Care Trust.



Second Act:Double Act

The Share Centre in Fermanagh provides a variety of team building opportunities with a wide range of facilities in a breathtaking setting. Share has an inclusive ethos and provides programmes for service users of all levels of ability. This film features two retired volunteers, Michael Baxter and Bill Hosford, and the impact they have made by volunteering with Share and the impact volunteering has made on them.