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Re-designing Ageing

12 brand new businesses are developing innovative products and services with the aim of helping us to live better for longer - and they need your help!

  • Monday 2nd March 2020 11:00 (5 hours)
  • Workshop
  • Influence

12 brand new businesses are developing innovative products and services with the aim of helping us to live better for longer – and they need your help!


Zinc is a national organisation which brings together 50 entrepreneurial individuals (know as 'Founders') from a diverse range of backgrounds to build up create solutions for a specific social mission. The current mission? To add 5 high quality years to later life.

This mission takes the form of a 9-month programme where the 'Founders' form teams to explore problems, find meaningful insights and create new businesses to solve these problems.

Zinc is currently five months into the current programme. Here is what has happened so far:

  • In October 2019, Mission 3 was launched: adding 5 high quality years to later life. See the video here.
  • In the next few weeks, the founders learnt about later life from experts in academia and from those with lived experience.
  • The subsequent months were spent picking specific problems within this mission and finding a team to tackle these with.
  • The founders then conducted extensive research and user testing, and came up with prototype solutions to these problems.

Now 12 teams are coming to Newcastle to hear what you have to say about their ideas and products.

Volunteer Criteria

Based on your lived experience, you will be allocated to 1 of 3 groups for the day, with each group exploring a different theme.

Group 1 - Health in Later Life: Exploring how we can help assist people to age in good health
Experience (either yourself or caring for a friend or family member of either:

  • Incontinence
  • Day surgery/minor surgery
  • Knee pain and/or
  • Mobility challenges

Group 2 - A Social Later Life: Exploring aspects of social ageing
Experience of either:

  • Hearing loss
  • Low digital skills and/or
  • How confidence has impacted your social life

Group 3 - Work in Later Life: Exploring working, employability, retraining and financial provisions in later life
People who are:

  • Aged between 50-69 years old 
  • still in employment or
  • recently retired

What will I be asked to do?

You will be allocated to one of the three groups. You will receive information about which group you are in and which founders you are meeting with in advance.

During the day, each group will take part in four one hour sessions (with lunch and comfort breaks in between). Each session will be hosted and facilitated by a different team of founders from the Zinc programme.

Due to both the range of topic areas the founders are working on and the diverse stages of their businesses, the activities in each session will vary considerably. The activities may include but are not limited to:

  • focus group discussions
  • surveys
  • product testing and
  • workshops where you will have the opportunity to contribute to product and service design 

Places are limited, to register your interest in being involved, click the button at the top of the page and let us know what experience you have in the areas mentioned above.

When and where?

The day will be take place at The Catalyst, Newcastle Helix on Monday 2nd March, 11:00-16:00.

Will I get anything for taking part?

You will received a £25 voucher for taking part and travel expenses will be reimbursed. Refreshments and lunch will also be provided.


  • The Catalyst
  • 3 Science Square, Newcastle Helix
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE4 5TG

Zinc Mission 3 Launch Video

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