Transform Ageing is a design-led initiative that aims to change the experience of ageing for people in the south-west of England. 

We challenged social ventures to find solutions and create lasting change through the initiative, breaking down barriers and supporting ageing societies.

The Sewing Rooms started as a social enterprise to build confidence in women in Skelmersdale, West Lancashire, in 2008. Ten years later, Laura Scott is travelling to the South West to recruit 60 new Silver Sewers, who are aged over 50, to sew three banners representing the towns of Brixham, Paignton and Torquay.

Transform Ageing is a pioneering programme taking a community and design led approach to improve people’s experience of ageing. It brings together people in later life, their friends, family and carers, social entrepreneurs and public sector leaders to define, develop and deliver new solutions that better support the needs and aspirations of our ageing communities.

Transform Ageing is brought to you by:

Big Lottery Fund, Design Council and partners.

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Inclusive Design: Beyond Accessibility What does it mean to feel excluded? Imagine for a moment you use a wheelchair. You try to take the train to work – but the lift at the train station hasn't been maintained and you can't access the platform. What does it mean to feel excluded? Imagine for a moment you use a wheelchair.

Feature — 28/10/2019

Transform Ageing through Design Here are three films that demonstrate the impact social entrepreneurs are making in their communities and how we supported them to develop and deliver innovative product and service solutions. Here are three films that demonstrate the impact social entrepreneurs are making in their communities.

Feature — 25/09/2019

Designing for diversity Inclusive design is about designing for a diverse a range of people. It is a philosophy that encourages us to consider how size, shape, age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, education levels and so on shape the way we interact with the world. Inclusive design is about designing for a diverse a range of people.

Feature — 27/06/2019

Watch: Transform Ageing – Later life is for living 56 projects and counting! We’re proud to present our new film celebrating how our Transform Ageing programme is designing a better experience for later life. We’re proud to present our new film celebrating how our Transform Ageing programme is designing a better experience for later life.

Feature — 25/04/2019

TickleFLEX: The Design Council Spark awardee whose device for diabetics has revolutionised... As someone with Type 1 diabetes, Peter Bailey is only too aware of the daily, often uncomfortable, challenges of self-injecting insulin. So he came up with the TickleFLEX, a product that controls the needle depth and blocks the pain pathways, and which saw him become a finalist of Design Council... 2016 finalist Peter Bailey talks about being diabetic, the power of positive feedback and why Spark was a springboard to his success.

Feature — 28/02/2019

Starling Bank – How design benefits business Starling Bank is a digital, mobile only bank based in the UK with a team of technologists, artists, money experts, designers and marketers. They are a brilliant example of how design is being used in new and innovative ways in order to grow the business and add value to the company. Starling Bank is a digital, mobile only bank based in the UK with a team of technologists, artists, money experts, designers and marketers.

Feature — 30/01/2019

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