|Age Action Alliance (AAA) Advisory Board Meeting
|Thursday 7th December
|Introductions/Apologies (Dave Eaton – ILC)
1. Membership & Growth
Current members – emailing roughly 20 times per week including opportunities and information for the newsletter.
Alan Beasley – 859 Members as of 6th December 2017. 12 joined, 1 dropped due to ceasing trading.
How to grow this?
2. Working Groups
The Attitudes to Aging working group no longer exists.
Nearly all (will share spreadsheet) apart from Safe, Warm Homes needs to update – Intro, Focus, Terms of Reference, Members, Resources & Reach info on the AAA website
What can we achieve?
· Support plan on care
· Cascade information
· Raise awareness
· Contribute and influence the agenda.
Other comments – Liz commented we need to engage older people with lived experiences about care after this report, listen to the reality of the situation, work together, how they can get involved and what message we can spread. CQC report was referenced and will be sent out in newsletter and to AAA Board members.
*Russel had to leave at 1:45.
Liz – East Midlands forum group needs to meet, we need to reassure that we are working on the situation. Groups are anxious about long term viability without meetings. Denise agrees and understands more work needs to be done on this by engagement of Directors.
Denise commented on needing sponsorship for the website & newsletter. Meeting with Centre for Aging for help on this. AAA is just a network therefore Big Lottery Fun will not provide funding. ILC will also be approached for sponsorship.
Marjory – CITA may be able to help with resources.
Tony – Website too clunky, out of date, needs to bring together communication as its foundation. £20kish cost expected to launch new website.
Action – we need a proposition for a new website and a page of skills required. It needs to be accessible, especially from mobile devices.
Newsletter has a 25-30% open rate (average for newsletters being 15%) which means AAA Members/lists are finding it extremely useful.
Ideas for more:
5. Travel & Expenses
Simplifcation needed to the expenses form (Its only for travel)
Clarification needed on who enei will pay for, e.g. AAA Board Members and Chairs of working groups. There also needs to be a discussion on a figure for expenses roughly.
6. Data Protection
Relguations are changing (GDPR) in May 2018. We need to rework our way of obtaining informed consent for communications and the use of Name & Emails (only data we have on members). Need to edit Membership applications/refresh informed consent. Alan to review and implement with help. AAA won’t be getting involved in cases where someone forwards the AAA newsletter on.
7. Additional Board Member
Currently has 8 people. Age/older as an attribute was discussed. It was agreed that more conversations need to take place to make a decision.
8. Future Meetings – 3 Per year: next meeting booked for Wednesday 18th April 2018 1pm – 3pm.