Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 05 June 2017





Opportunities for Action


  • Up to £5000 available for Social Entrepreneurs – Solutions For An Ageing Society Do you have an idea that could help older people live positive, independent lives? Are you passionate about your community? Could you be a social entrepreneur? Hyde Foundation, in partnership with UnLtd and with support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, are excited to announce a new £50,000 fund to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. They are seeking social entrepreneurs with sustainable ideas to help older people to live positive, independent lives. The UK is undergoing a demographic challenge with longer life expectancy and an ageing population. We need innovations that use preventative approaches and tackle causes rather than symptoms to help people to be better prepared for the challenges of later life. Awards of between £500-£5000 will be available for individuals looking to set up social enterprises alongside a package of practical support. The next deadline for applications in 07 August 2017. Click here for further information, and application details.


  • The Big Give have confirmed that they have match funding for charities working with older people in this year’s Christmas Challenge campaign. The Christmas Challenge helps UK-registered charities raise funds for their cause. It offers them the opportunity to access funding and to incentivise donors by doubling donations on when the campaign goes live on #GivingTuesday, 28th November 2017. Since the Big Give launched the campaign in 2008, the Christmas Challenge has raised over £78 million for more than 2,800 charity projects. In this year’s Christmas Challenge, People’s Postcode Lottery (Postcode Support Trust), are offering to match donations to charities supporting people over the age of 55 to participate fully in their community, helping them to live happy and more fulfilled lives. Applications for the Christmas Challenge 2017 are now open! Click here for more information on how to apply.


  • The British Gymnastics Foundation have launched their Love to Move programme. The programme is an age and dementia friendly seated gymnastics programme involving bilateral asymmetric movement. Love to Move is specially designed to get older people moving and functioning better. The programme achieves this by carefully integrating the use of gymnastic foundation skills, cognitive stimulation therapy and social interaction activities. Almost every part of Love to Move is based on bilaterally asymmetrical movement patterns. This is understood to benefit older people and those with dementia and mild cognitive impairment, by enabling the left side and right side of the brain to process information independently; thus improving cognitive function, coordination and the ability to carry out activities of daily living more independently. Above all, the programme is fun! One of the participants has said that it brings her “one hour of wonderfulness each week!”. An evaluation of the pilot by Age UK found that the programme has had a demonstrable impact on the physical, emotional and cognitive aspects of older people participating. Their programme was featured on several BBC shows in May during Dementia Awareness Week. Find out more about the Love to Move programme here.


  • NEA Annual Conference & Exhibition 2017, Nottingham Conference Centre on 11 – 13 September. National Energy Action‘s annual conference and exhibition provides a national forum in which to debate key issues relating to domestic energy efficiency and fuel poverty to inform future policy and practice. The NEA annual conference has consistently attracted around 250 participants from across government, the energy industry, health sector, local authorities, housing associations, and other not-for-profit agencies. Click here to find out more.


  • Cupcakes for Alzheimer’s Thursday 15 June is Cupcake day where many people will be raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Whether you’re a baking pro or shop bought lover, organise a Cupcake Day and raise money to fight dementia! Click here to see how you may get involved.


  • Older People’s Cancer Voices Learning Events Are you involved in providing older people’s advocacy?, A commissioner of advocacy services?, Working in health and social care and interested in advocacy for older people affected by cancer? Join Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) and project partners I-CANN, Beth Johnson Foundation, Help & Care and Dorset Advocacy at one of their regional events. There are four events scheduled for July and August in York, Birmingham, London and Manchester. Attendance is free. Click here to access the booking link for the events.



For your information


  • Top levels of customer satisfaction reported by county-wide telecare provider. Herts Careline’s award winning community alarm and telecare service has released its latest Customer Satisfaction Survey report, and the results stand out from the crowd. 99.2% of service users would recommend Herts Careline to a friend or relative, 98.5% of service users found the help and advice from the Control Room was ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, 98.3% of service users’ relatives and friends felt they have more peace of mind now that they have the assistive technology service at home, 96.6% of service users felt more reassured and 94.6% felt more independent having their assistive technology service. Herts Careline works in partnership with North Hertfordshire District Council, Hertfordshire County Council, and Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS) to provide a range of 24/7 assistive technology support to help older people, those living alone, and residents with long-term health conditions. The service currently provides support for around 20,000 people in Hertfordshire and the surrounding area, taking 1,000 calls a day – at least a third of which are life critical emergencies. Click here to read the Herts Careline Customer Satisfaction Survey Results 2016-2017.


  • The Lovejoy Centre have published their latest bi – monthly newsletter. Click here to catch up with their news!


  • Age UK London have published the May 2017 issue of London Age Express, their e-bulletin on ageing issues in London. This issue focusses on what is being done to make older people visible in the General Election, and also introduces Age UK London’s new City Bridge Trust “The Way Ahead” Engagement Project. Click here to read all about it!


  • Watch Suzanne’s Story Older People’s Advocacy Alliance OPAAL’s latest Older People’s Cancer Voices film Suzanne’s Story is now on YouTube, produced by Justin Owen for OPAAL in partnership with Sefton Pensioners Advocacy Centre. Suzanne and her advocate Lisa talk about the impact of their cancer diagnoses, how advocacy works so that older people don’t face cancer alone and this important film touches on how advocacy supports informed decision making, empowers older people and gives them a voice. Sharing this story will help to make sure more people know what advocacy is. Click here to view the film on YouTube.

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