The Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) is a voice for (and of) older people. We will inform and influence the continuing dialogues around good practice as people age. We will inform and support ageing communities through critically consolidating local, national and international evidence and good practice. We work alongside others to promote equality, welcome diversity, and ensure a creative approach to the constant innovation of service delivery.
We will research, influence and promote a ‘whole life course’ approach, acting as a catalyst for new initiatives that build resilience and promote positive ageing, specifically through life’s challenges. We encourage people of all ages to connect, challenge stereotypes and engage with each other in new ways - for the benefit of all.
A world where people live healthy, happy and fulfilled lives as they age; can access appropriate support when they need it; and continue to make valuable contributions to their communities.
Our values underpin how we work as an organisation and as individuals within it.
- We are visionary. We explore internationally issues to inform local practice. We envisage and strive for a fair and just society that places equal value on people regardless of their age and where age is not a barrier to opportunity and happiness.
- We are ambitious. We are primarily a local organisation, but aim to expand our national and international connections by informing national strategies and policy around ageing. Through challenges, we explore opportunities, to enable and empower positive ageing.
- We are honest and trustworthy. We are transparent, communicate clearly, taking responsibility for both successes and challenges. We remain accountable to our communities, our clients, our partners and our funders.
- We are independent. We are an independent charity, grounded in the local communities we serve, but with national and international ambitions. We use our voice to challenge and inspire change in health and social care services, public policy and attitudes surrounding those aged 50 years+.
- We value people of all ages. A mature community is one that recognises that all generations have something to offer and to gain by living, working and learning together. Known as intergenerational activity, which we encourage and support wherever possible.
- We value partnerships. We work with others, forging and building relationships based on trust, openness, mutual value and personal and organisational integrity. Engaging communities will enable us to shape our support to meet local needs.