Opportunities for Action
- Visible present Roundelay by Sonja Linden Sex at 70? Falling in love at 65? Coming out at 62? Roundelay, a fantabulous conglomeration of circus, dance and music. We may not have lions in this little circus of ours, but we have tigers….How’s your inner tiger tonight? Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourself for close encounters with the third age! Visible, a new company for older performers presents Roundelay, inspired by the scandalous classic play La Ronde/Reigen. It runs from 23 February to 18 March at the Southwark Playhouse. Sir Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid will host their Gala Night performance on 28 February. The mythical stars of Last Tango In Halifax will reunite in support of Visible’s mission and Sonja’s new play about love, sex and relationships in later life. For more details and booking information, click here.
- Call for Applications – Adfam – Kinship Care Support and Development Coordinator (part time). Adfam, the national charity working to improve life for families affected by substance use, is seeking a Kinship Care Support and Development Coordinator to work in Peterborough to identify kinship carers looking after children whose parents are unable to care for them, assessing the needs of these kinship carers and the children in their care and signposting them towards practical and emotional support. This is a new post building on previous work Adfam carried out with kinship carers in Peterborough. It will suit an enthusiastic and self-sufficient person who wants to work with an exciting national charity to support families affected by substance misuse. The post-holder will have a track record of working with vulnerable families and children. This opportunity is for a three year contact at 21 hours (three days) per week. The closing date for applications is 22 February. Click here to read more and download the application form.
- The Housing and Health: Working in Partnership conference will bring together key authorities, from both the housing and public health arenas, that are interested in influencing policy and implementing strategy to improve health through better housing. Through an agenda of expert speakers, sharing the very latest thinking, delegates will gain a greater understanding of the impacts of housing on health and how these issues can be addressed. There will be the opportunity to gain insight, through a number of case studies, into initiatives that are being employed to improve living conditions to support better health and wellbeing. The conference will be held on 10 May in Manchester. Click here for details of the agenda and speakers.
For your information
- Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach This publication encourages businesses to retain, retrain and recruit older workers and presents the benefits of a fuller working life. ‘Fuller Working Lives: a partnership approach’ explains how as the population ages, employers need to draw on the skills and experience of older workers to avoid loss of labour. It also explains how working longer can improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and bring the benefits of a multi-generational workforce to businesses. It sets out a number of new recommendations directly from businesses to support older workers to remain in the workforce and to help employers retain, retrain and recruit older workers so they have fuller working lives. Recommendations around flexible working, retraining for a new career, self-employment, volunteering and phased retirement are put forward in the policy paper. Click here to access the document and background evidence publications.
- Age UK Lambeth have published their newsletter for the month of February. Don’t forget to investigate their Digital Directory for a comprehensive database of older people’s groups and services. Click here to see what’s happening this month!
- The SAFER Project at West Yorkshire Trading Standards have published their newsletter for February. Please feel free to distribute to your friends, colleagues and clients.
- Age UK London have published their January 2017 edition of Age UK London’s Health and Social Care Bulletin. This information bulletin is provided by their Fit 4 Purpose age sector capacity building project funded by London Councils. Click here to download the bulletin.
- Helping older people maintain a healthy diet: a review of what works This report highlights projects that encourage older people to eat healthily, reducing the risk of malnutrition and associated ill health. Malnutrition in older people can have a significant impact on their health and social care needs. Identifying and treating malnutrition is an important preventative measure that will reduce demands on health and care services. This review of evidence looks at ‘what works’ in supporting older people to maintain a healthy diet and reduce the risk of malnutrition. Click here to find out more.