Runner up: Joy Matthews
Category: ‘I am part of IT’ – small organisations/individuals
“The initial E-inclusion training has led to so many different ways I can get involved with my local community and lobby on issues I am passionate about.”
Joy Matthews is 75 years old and a retired medical secretary. Through Caerphilly 50+ Forum, Joy found out about digital story making. She made a story about the ageism experienced by her husband and his suffering when he went into hospital for the last time. She scanned photos, recorded a story and edited this into a short film.
Help the Aged saw the film and asked if they could use it as part of their campaign to lobby to include Age Discrimination in the Single Equalities Act and Joy was invited to Westminster to show the film to MPs. Following that, Joy did a number of media interviews for the national TV stations. It was a surprise to her that the film had so much impact – for her it was simply a chance to get something off her chest.
Since then, Joy has worked with the Caerphilly Youth forum helping them develop their own stories and with the Caerphilly 50+ forum. She was asked to be on a Service User Domiciliary Care tender panel for Caerphilly County Borough Council Social Services. Joy is planning to create more stories that Social Services can use to develop their services.
The 50+ Positive Action Partnership has been developed by Caerphilly County Borough Council.