"Social innovation is the design and implementation of new solutions that imply conceptual, process, product, or organisational change, which ultimately aim to improve the welfare and wellbeing of individuals and communities. The Growing Club is a social-enterprise based in Lancaster, designing and delivering employment and enterprise skills training and support for women.
The 2011 pension act changed the pension age for women from 60 to 66. This is an issue that has caused much debate and social and financial difficulties. On one hand, women have a lot of skill and experience, feel more confident, and want to be able to continue to work, on the other, societal attitudes towards older women have not changed, meaning many more women have ended up unemployed, or are expected to take on low paid insecure work, resulting in more women in poverty.
Just before lockdown hit, funded by Rosa, a group of women aged 50-plus came together to work with The Growing Club for 2 days, share their experiences, reflect on their life journey and their skills and create a film. On October 6th, we will show that film for the first time, at The Dukes cinema. This will be followed by a Q&A and a debate on the issues raised. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. "