Events

Events

Rural Wisdom is a project that was specifically designed to evolve and grow and it continues to do so as we help people learn from and support each other within and between communities. Due to the impact of the Covid19 pandemic the project has adapted to offer a range of virtual events offering support on a range of subjects. 

Get involved

Details of our upcoming events are listed below including how to register to book a place and join us.

Conversation Starter Webinars

Join Us! We invite you to a series of short events that aim to generate conversation around the issues that matter to older people in rural communities. Our webinars bring together a range of people to offer different perspectives on the challenges and solutions. We hope this inspires you to take the conversation back to your own community, along with the contacts and ideas from the event.

The ‘Conversation Starters’ events are for anyone living in, or working alongside, a rural community. We’re also keen to hear from individuals, groups and organisations who have experience of the topics we’re discussing, so if you have something to share please get in touch with us.

A Conversation with the Older People’s Commissioner – Thursday 24 June, 11.00-13.00

A Conversation with the Older People's Commissioner for Wales. 24th June 11.00-13.00

Come along to hear from the Older People Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots who will take us through the journey of how the role of Commissioner came about in 2008 and the impact it has had since. We will find out how it protects and promotes the rights of older people throughout Wales, scrutinising and influencing a wide range of policy and practice to improve their lives.

We will also be joined by Gaynor Davies, chair of ‘Cymru Older People’s Alliance’ (COPA) – an independent, representative, national organisation run by Older People for the benefit of older people in Wales. Gaynor will share the experiences and perspectives of older people and the impact of the Commissioner’s work on their lives.

To find out more and book a place visit Eventbrite or contact Ruth at ruth.w@otbds.org


Rural Wisdom Event Roundup. Catch up on any events you missed and get a summary of the key points and resources.

Conversation Starter 1 – Fuel Poverty and Renewable Energy

This webinar explored Fuel Poverty and Renewable Energy: How can we heat our homes, reduce our costs, and live more sustainably?  The speakers at this webinar were: Mair Jones (Renew Wales), Joan Megson (Energising Moray) and Liz McKnockiter, Local Activist.  Read our roundup of the Fuel Poverty and Renewable Energy webinar.

Conversation Starter 2: Connecting Men

Through our work in rural communities, we have heard that men are often less likely to connect with community groups and activities.

In this event we heard about the newly formed project, men2men which is for, and led by, men in rural communities around Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, and Ceredigionshire in Wales. They are developing a range of activities that offer opportunities for men to connect, share and support.

South Lanarkshire Mobile Mens Shed shared how they are making the Men’s Shed movement work for rural communities. We heard about their innovative mobile shed, the difference it makes for local men, and key learning from their journey.

The speakers were Pete Collings, Luke Conlon, Fred Luckman (men2men) and Pete Creechan (Seniors Together).

Read our Conversation Starter Roundup Connecting Men.