Dear Members and Friends,
The Agency Project is pleased to announce that the trial of our local Hub last year has been a success and has now formally been named the AGEncy Hub.
The AGEncy Hub is now the second arm of The AGEncy Project. The AGEncy Hub is about creating a practical, supportive network of people based around the Balmain area of the inner west, who want to live safely and well at home – in as best health as possible, socially connected and assisted as needed – as they grow older.
What is the background to the AGEncy Hub?
The AGEncy Hub idea is based on the well-known Beacon Hill Village in Boston, Massachusetts in the US. It began in 1999 with group of locals working together to build community links to help people age well with dignity, living as full a life as possible.
In the words of the Beacon Hill Villagers: We are a community of people in central Boston who prosper from directing our lives and creating our own future. We are trendsetters for a new generation of people over 50 and invite you to join us in this exciting venture.
All over the US and in other countries, people did join them in their own Village ventures and in 2010 the thriving grass roots movement formally established itself as the Village to Village Network. In Australia there is only one, the Waverton Hub which was started in 2012.
2018 was our year to pilot some AGEncy Hub activities. We walked from Manly to the Spit walk, rode bikes, walked our dogs, played Mahjong and had some really great picnics.
The AGEncy Hub hopes to expand the activities and organise them through Meetup in 2019.
We are building connections to help decrease isolation and improve our “social determinates of health”.
The AGEncy Project’s AGEncy Hub is nurturing our zest for life and helping us stay and thrive in the place we love.