Luminate’s first stakeholder survey provides a useful baseline to work against in the coming years. Our stakeholders are varied, including arts organisations, care organisations and freelance creatives.
The Covid-19 pandemic hit the population of older adults in Scotland hard. For most of our respondents (92%) the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions made it more difficult to provide creative events or activities for older adults. Ongoing restrictions made it difficult to plan and undertake work with older adult and this continued to be the case for 12% of respondents with people still finding it difficult to make forward plans. That said, it may be that the pandemic has brought the needs of older adults to the forefront as fewer than 10% are working less with older adults than they did before, despite these challenges.
Overall, only just over a quarter of the respondents felt that older people’s voices are currently well heard across the cultural and creative life of Scotland indicating that there is still work to do. In this survey, we asked the respondents what would help them to undertake more work with older adults in the future, and priorities included funding opportunities, networking, ideas and guidance.