Age-Friendly Resources

Age-Friendly Resources

On this page you’ll find videos, case studies, links, resources and further support to help your organisation be Age-Friendly.

These resources are commissioned and collated for Age-Friendly Standard Holders. These resources support welcoming and positive experience for visitors, regardless of their age, with consideration for the often more complex needs of older visitors.

Age-Friendly Case Studies

Oxford Playhouse Case Study: Tea Talks

Beth Sedgwick, Community Programme Manager at Oxford Playhouse, tells us about the Tea Talks storytelling project.

artsdepot Case Study: Upstanding Citizens Programme

Shortlisted for the Best Age-Friendly Outreach Award in the Fantastic for Families Awards 2022, Tim Burley from artsdepot tells us about their Upstanding Citizens programme.

darts Case Study: Singing for Memory

Cara McAleese, Arts & Health Project Manager at darts shares more about 'Singing for Memory'

Age Exchange Case Study: Caring Together

David Savill from Age Exchange tells us more about the background and impact of their 'Caring Together' programme

Screenshot from a Zoom call with Elders

Co-creation, Innovation and Partnerships with Elders: Royal Exchange Theatre

Nominated for the Best Age Friendly Outreach in the Fantastic...

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Oldham Coliseum Theatre: Ageing, Objects and Wellbeing

An Age-Friendly Case Study, sharing their experience and insights.

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Three Choirs Festival

An Age-Friendly Case Study, sharing their experience and insights.

Age-Friendly Links and Resources

Join the Fantastic for Families Directory

Fantastic for Families Awards celebrate the wealth of outstanding creative provision for families of all ages across the UK

Alzheimer’s Society: Dementia-friendly arts and culture

Guidance on how cultural activities can be made welcoming for people with dementia

Dementia Voices: Resources for putting on events

Guidance on putting on events that are welcoming to people with dementia

Leed’s Older People’s Forum

A registered charity that exists to promote the wellbeing of older people in the city of Leeds.

The Baring Foundation’s Treasury of arts activities for older people

A popular collection of creative activities for older people in any setting. Contributed by artists and arts organisations from across the UK.

West Yorkshire Playhouse Guide to Dementia Friendly Performances

This guide includes how to adapt shows and prepare spaces to cater to people with dementia's needs

Leeds Playhouse’s Approach to Bringing Dementia-Friendly Theatre to Leeds

Leeds Playhouse have been recognised with two major national awards: Best Dementia Friendly Project 2015 and Outstanding Innovation in Dementia Care 2015.

Not yet an Age-Friendly Standards Holder?
It’s easy to sign up…

  • First, read the Age-Friendly Standards in full to determine if you are ready to commit to the Standards
  • When you’re ready, ask your Chief Executive or Head of Department to email confirmation to Anna Dever, Executive Director of Family Arts Campaign on
  • If you are a small organisation and don’t have a head of department, don’t worry you can still sign up! Just email us to let us know more about your company/venue
  • In your email to Anna, please include a main contact for this activity within your organisation and your organisation’s full address and postcode
  • You will then receive an email confirming your registration along with the logo and brand guidelines

Thank you to the following who contributed during initial consultations:

Age UK, Kate Organ, New Vic Stoke, Sadlers Wells, Luminate Festival, Entelechy Arts, Equal Arts, Age of Creativity, participants of Meet Me at the Albany, Arts Council England.

Thanks to the arts and cultural organisations contributing to further development:

Anvil Arts, Architecture Centre, Arcola Theatre, Assembly Hall Theatre, Attenborough Arts Centre, Ballet Lorrent, Barnsley Civic, Big Fish Little Fish Productions, Birmingham Museums Trust, Blackpool Grand Theatre, Bournemouth Pavilion, Bridport Arts, Bristol Music Trust, Buxton Opera House, Cast in Doncaster, Chichester Festival Theatre, Culture Coventry, Dance City, Discover Children’s Story Centre, Discovery Museum, Haslemere Educational Museum, Horniman Museum and Gardens, Ideas Test, Impressions Gallery,  Inspire Nottingham, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Leeds Discovery Centre, Lets Make Art, London Symphony Orchestra, MAC Belfast, National Glass Centre, The North Wall Arts Centre, Oldham Coliseum, Orchestras Live, Reading Rep, Regis Centre Royal Collection Trust, Royal & Derngate, Royal Northern College of Music, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Sadlers Wells, Seven Stories, St George’s Bristol, Sticky Fingers Arts, Telford & Wrekin Libraries,  Theatre by the Lake, Theatre Hullabaloo, Theatre Royal & Royal Concert Hall Nottingham, Unicorn Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre, Wild Rumpus, Whitworth Art Gallery, Wigmore Hall.

And thanks to the wider network of arts and cultural organisations who completed the initial survey.

Image credits:
Header – Elixir Extracts HNG and Old Men Grooving – Photography by Ellie Kurtt
First Image – The cast of Dinner 1855 – Photography by David Lindsay

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