The Flourishing Lives Charter

In 2017, we launched ‘The Flourishing Lives Charter for Innovation & Best Practice in Arts & Wellbeing Services for Older People’ at conference, with the support of Glenda Jackson CBE.


The Flourishing Lives coalition is united by this shared vision of excellence, and our members are committed to realising its core aims and values.


The Flourishing Lives Charter identifies the foundations for best practice as:


Building Quality Relationships

We believe that building quality relationships with people is the heart of our work. Quality relationships require respect, and engender dignity, equality and a striving to see someone for all that they are, have been, and could yet become. Older people are, first and foremost, people. Older people do not form some sort of homogenous group that is different and sectioned off from the rest of society.


Reflective Practice

We think it is important that we foster an awareness of ourselves in how we are working with people. Working self-reflectively means striving to be aware of not only what we are doing but how we are doing it and what factors are motivating us to do it. Many other professions, especially those in mental health and the allied professions, work in this way because it is essential to developing quality relationships. Working self-reflectively helps us avoid falling into unhelpful dynamics with people or acting in ways which are detrimental to the outcomes we are trying to achieve.


Aspirational and Inspirational

We want to facilitate people to be all that they can be. We want to provide aspirational activities and groups and we want to seek inspiration and partnerships externally to help us do this. We aim to make the most of the cultural, sporting and social capital of the areas in which we operate.


Variety, Choice & Life as Normal

Just because someone reaches a certain age does not mean that they automatically want to reduce their existence to one of passive nostalgia. Most of us want life to continue as normal. As providers of services, we want to be able to provide variety, choice and normalcy, where we can, and point people towards choices elsewhere if we don’t provide them ourselves. These choices should not be automatically delimited by arbitrary age groups.


A Shared Vision of Best Practice

We believe that by working closely together, sharing our research, resources and experience, the Flourishing Lives coalition can lay the foundations for a shared vision of progress and quality assurance across the sector. We aim to develop and promote a relational methodology through our online forum, training programme and thought leadership, paving the way for a unified focus in services and raising the bar in quality relationships and delivery. We want Flourishing Lives to be a catalyst for change; a kite mark of excellence; a union of progressive organisations working together to unite communities and enhance the lives of older people.



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Flourishing Lives is kindly supported by Esmée Fairbairn, the City Bridge Trust and the Mercers' Company.