Welcome to this weeks’ update …
Opportunities for Action
- New Funding Opportunity: The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed continued funding for EAC and FirstStop, the national housing and care advice and information service for older people, and is making additional money available to fund around 15 new local partnership housing options services to employ a full time housing options adviser and promote awareness about later life housing & care amongst older people and professionals in their area. Care & Repair England is managing this new partnership programme, including running the grant application process and involving Foundations and AgeUK. Funding for the local partnerships programme will run from 1st October 2013 to the end of March 2015. Applications Deadline – 12.00 midday on 4th June. click here to access the funding guidance, and click here to access the grant application form
- Alliance member National Energy Action has 3 places on offer to anyone wanting to take part in this year’s Great North Run. Runners will be required to raise £280 minimum sponsorship, though NEA will provide support and advice. The Run takes place on Sunday 15th September. Start times depend on how fast you are: elite runners normally get going at 10:40, and others are staggered behind them. You can find out more about the route of the run on the official website.
As an NEA runner you will receive regular updates (training tips, logistical information, opportunities to get involved in press work around the run and so on), as well as fundraising forms and flyers and an NEA vest! For further information contact Joanna Allan, Income Generation and Marketing Officer, NEA Tel: 0191 2615677; Email: Joanna.Allan@nea.org.uk
- Home Alone: Tackling social exclusion amongst older people. The South West Seniors Assembly is taking place on Wednesday 29th May at the Bristol City Academy. Older people are too often dismissed as a ‘problem’ for society to deal with – ‘a drain on our resources’. The two organisations hosting this event, Alliance members the South West Seniors’ Network and the South West Forum on Ageing, take the opposite view, and believe that older people themselves hold the key to overcoming the challenges we face, as well as contributing towards the economy. We’ll be exploring a critical issue for older people in today’s society—social exclusion—and proposing positive ways to tackle it.
- Alliance member Vegetarian for Life are pleased to announce the launch of their new guide Cooking on a Budget, available free of charge by post or as a download. click here to view the press release, and click here to view the new guide.
- Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs – a workshop for AAA members
This project aimed to build a picture of the support models that exist, which are based on positive mutual relationships and older people’s active contribution. The models covered by the study range from Shared Lives and Time Banks, to informal supportive arrangements. They can offer good outcomes for older people, as well as value for money. The study was funded by Alliance member the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and undertaken by the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Community Catalysts (CC). The Age Action Alliance is pleased to invite members to a workshop session on the morning of Monday 3 June in central Manchester. click here to view flyer and booking form.
- Alliance member National Energy Action has updated their very popular and useful resource guide Warm Homes for Older People, to reflect changes to welfare reform, the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO). To access the guide, visit our website.
- The Beth Johnson Foundation’s April newsletter is now available. click here to download.
Age Action Alliance Secertariat