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Hidden Generation

It is also important to recognise that older people are citizens who can play an active role as citizens. Not only are they often the hidden actors who provide support to other older people and invaluable child care within their families, but they may also have citizenship and community roles beyond these arenas.

There is a real need to address the negative images of old age and to recognise and value the contributions that older people have contributed, can contribute and will continue to contribute to community life. A great deal of knowledge and experience from older people is not valued or recognised.


PRIAE's AIM (Activity in Minorities) project aims to encourage and promote the benefits of increased activity of BME elders as means for promoting independence and well-being.

For organised activities to take place resources are needed (finance and staff) apart from motivation, knowledge, imagination. BME age organisations are managing finance out of their own efforts (79%) but funding is highly limited and short term so vital that such organisations and community centres receive both financial support and encouragement to expand such programmes.

More stories of BME participation can be seen in our BAFTA film "Playing our Part After 50".