The AGEncy Hub

Hub Photo

Our first AGEncy Hub picnic at Peacock Point in Balmain.

The AGEncy Hub is the second arm of The AGEncy Project.  We believe it will resonate strongly with AGEncy supporters, as it does with many others.  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 the Meetup website in 2019.

What is Meetup?

It’s an online easy way to communicate and organise events.

It’s free to join and has privacy settings so that you get as many or as few email or text notifications as you want.

Why did the AGEncy Hub transition to Meetup and not just keep using email?

The organisers of the events needed to manage complex data lists of emails and mistakes happened. Ask Vince and Vincent.

Meetup is a much easier way for us all to organise an event and make sure the details are complete. There’s even a map of where to meet and we can communicate with everyone, for example if the weather is bad and we have a walk booked, we can message everyone who has accepted the event to cancel or postpone.

You can also see who else is attending and send a message, e.g. “I’m catching the 442 at 12.30pm” or “Would you like a lift?”.

What if I get spammed?

None of us have experienced spam as a result of joining Meetup. Also, you can set your privacy settings to only get messages from the AGEncy Hub Meetup Group. If you want, you can be informed of all the events run by and other Meetup groups you might also join or have joined. It’s totally up to you.

You can easily leave Meetup if you don’t like it at any time.

What if I need help?

We now have a Meetup Support person, Neil Glick. He is happy to support you joining and/or getting your privacy settings to be as you want. He welcomes your questions (nothing is silly) and can be contacted between 9:00am and 9:00pm any day on 02 9967 8787 or neilglick@bigpond.com.

What if I just want to stay as we were and just get emails?

Sorry but we can’t offer this anymore. If so, your best bet is to buddy up with another Hub member who is in Meetup and see if they can let you know what’s happening.

But I joined Meetup and I don’t get messages.

It’s a two-step process. Meetup has many groups. The AGEncy Hub is one of them so ensure you have completed stage 2 (see below) to join the AGEncy Hub Meetup group.

 

Okay; how do I start?

STEP ONE

Go to Meetup www.meetup.com to join Meetup.

You can sign up using your email address, or as with many sites these days using Facebook or Google. To sign up using your email address:

  • Fill in form as requested (Your name is public but your email address isn’t). Meetup will use your email address to send you updates about new events or changes to events you’ve RSVPed for, and your location to find Meetups near you.)
  • If you just want to join the AGEncy Hub Meetup then you don’t need to list all your interests

It is helpful for you to put a photograph as when we organise Meetups it’s good to be reminded of who is coming (and faces are easier to remember!)

Set your communication preferences to ensure you only get the emails from Meetup that you want, e.g. AGEncy Hub ones.

STEP TWO

Once you’ve joined Meetup you can find the AGEncy Hub Meetup group by clicking here:

or type ‘AGEncy Hub’ into the search bar. We have added a couple of questions for people to answer as our Meetup Group is open to the public. Please answer these and we will approve you as soon as possible. Once you get into the site you will see the events currently scheduled.

We look forward to you continuing to be part of our wonderful community.

Disclaimer

Members of the Agency Hub participating in activities organised by the Hub or any of its members accept that the Hub does not assume responsibility for their safety and that they participate entirely at their own risk. Members who invite guests to participate are responsible for advising them that they likewise participate entirely at their own risk.