3 June 2013

In this week’s edition we welcome as a new member:

  • Mental Health Foundation.


Opportunities for Action:

  • The North West Age Action Alliance are considering commissioning research into people’s experience of caring for relatives at a distance.  This is becoming an increasingly difficult issue for a number of people, as families are so widespread now, that it is often problematic to care for sick/elderly relatives when you are not living in close proximity.  If you are aware of any research that has been carried out in this field, information that is available, or have any experience yourself – anecdotal or otherwise, Viv Gee vivgee20@gmail.com, would like to hear from you.


  • Alliance member Action for Blind People are embarking on a benchmarking exercise to look at the ways in which other organisations involve people who use their services, and send the following request to Alliance members:

We are in the process of revising the ways in which we involve blind and partially sighted people so that they can have greater input into all aspects of the organisations’ work. As part of this process we would like to benchmark our current position with a range of organisations, both those inside and outside of the voluntary sector. We would be grateful if anyone from the Age Action Alliance network has 10 minutes to complete the survey to help us learn and develop. If anyone wishes to speak to us about the survey please do – our contact details are contained within the survey document. Many thanks.  


Information Update

  • Alliance member The South West Seniors Network are pleased to share the May/June issue of their newsletter The Clarion with Alliance members – a very good read, packed with well written and informative articles. Alternatively visit the SWSN website to find out what their 50,000 members and 60 forums are doing in the region.


  • UK OPAG, a part of Alliance Member Change AGEnts Network UK Ltd, recently published its first E- newsletter. To download a copy of this new and stimulating publication click here


  •  Invitation to Housing Inequality and Older People Seminar. You are warmly invited to join the discussion in an event hosted by Age UK, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the Housing and Ageing Alliance.

 Date:  Thursday 13th June – 10.00 – 15.00.

Venue: Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA.

Location: Tavis Room (Ground Floor)

The debate on housing in later life and the options available to older people often assumes that property wealth will ultimately provide a solution to the problem of paying for care and support in the future. This seminar aims to bring together policy makers and members of older people’s forums to discuss the issues and consider the implications of housing inequality for existing and future generations of older people.  We will also discuss how we can address different aspects of this issue in the current economic climate.

The areas covered will be particularly topical in the context of the current debate on intergenerational fairness and the distribution of housing wealth among older people:

patterns of housing inequality among older people;

issues arising for low income homeowners – the ‘Right to Buy’ generation;

gaining access to affordable retirement housing;

the financial implications of the shift to private rented accommodation for future generations.

Speakers include: Paul Cann (Director of Age UK Oxfordshire); Dr Beverly Searle (Centre for Housing Research – University of St. Andrews); Karen Croucher (Centre for Housing Policy – University of York); Jenny Pannel (Independent researcher); James Lloyd (Director of the Strategic Society Centre)

Click here for further details of the seminar programme. To book your place, please contact Joe Oldman on 01603 612 513 or email joe.oldman@hotmail.co.uk. Please note places are limited and on a first come first served basis.

Kind Regards

Age Action Alliance Secretariat

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