Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 07 November 2016

This week we welcome new members





Opportunities for Action


  • Age of Choice Rethinking Life after 50 is a free interactive event hosted by the University of Brighton on Wednesday 09 November. What kind of choices do people have after 50? This question is explored by bringing together social scientists, members of the public and service providers. Findings from recent research will encourage discussion and debate. Click here for registration details.


  • The Royal Albert Hall are hosting a Tea Dance on Wednesday 09 November at 3.00 PM. Albert’s Big Band will be providing amazing music for anyone who wants to put their dancing shoes on! Click here for details on how to book, as well as details of Singin’ in the Rain – Access Film Screening on Monday 14 November – this film screening is exclusively for those living with dementia and Alzheimer’s, and Afternoon Coffee Club (featuring National Youth Jazz Orchestra) on Thursday 24 November – a relaxed afternoon of great live music with tea/coffee and cake included in the ticket price of £5.


  • You are invited to the Bristol Older People’s Forum Open Meeting Thursday 10 November, at Broadmead Baptist Church, Union Street, Bristol BS1 3HY. Have your say on what happens locally. Attendees will be able to discuss issues that concern them in small groups and provide feedback to the Council via a printed survey. Everyone is welcome, free entry and refreshments available. Please pass on to any individuals or groups who may be interested. Click here for details of what’s on the agenda.


  • Fit 4 Purpose are hosting a Skill Sharing workshop ‘Silverlink’ on Tuesday 15 November at Age UK’s offices in London. Lunch will be provided. Silverlink helps older people who no longer feel able to cope in their own home, have recently returned home from hospital, or are suffering from health problems. These things can cause one to have to think about future housing and care. Silverlink aims to enable older people who are facing life changing choices about their homes and living situations to make well informed decisions. It does this mainly by: Connecting older people facing times of housing change or crisis with older volunteers who have already faced and dealt with a similar situation, and pioneering ways to spread information about later life housing and care options so that more older people can plan for the future and make their own, well-informed decisions about their living situations. Click here for more details on the workshop and how to register to attend.


  • Think CO is an awareness campaign run by the Gas Safe Charity. Their workshop on Thursday 01 December in London is targeted at any organisation that has volunteers or staff who visit vulnerable people in their own homes. The aim is to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning so that they can be another pair of eyes and ears when they visit and potentially spot the signs of poisoning. Being part of Think CO and raising awareness of CO with staff and volunteers also goes towards an organisation undertaking its Duty of Care as their employee/volunteer may be being placed in a home where CO is present. Click here for further information on the workshop.


  • Never Too Old To Do I.T. is a project which offers support for those aged 50 or over living in the Rochdale area. They will be running free courses across Rochdale, Middleton, Milnrow and Heywood, which are ideal if you are completely new to technology. The courses start with the basics, from switching on, to mastering a mouse and keyboard through to using the internet, setting up an email account, sending and receiving emails, using Skype and taking photographs on a tablet. Click here to find out more details on how to register.


  • The Greater London Authority are looking for volunteers aged 59-plus. There are thousands of organisations looking for someone with your skills and experience. It’s a chance to give something back, have fun and meet new people. You could even learn a new trick or two! From mentoring a young person to coaching football, gardening and helping out at a school. Whatever you’re interested in, there is a huge range of opportunities to fit into your life. Roles available include: School governor, Charity trustee, Mentor to a young person, Helping a child with special needs with numeracy, English teaching to homeless people and Committee members. Click here to read more on the volunteering opportunities available.


For your information


  • Quick Guide – Health and Housing. This new Quick Guide, published by NHS England, encourages joint working across health, housing and social care to prevent hospital admissions, help people to be discharged from hospital safely and effectively and support people to live independently at home. Aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups, it offers practical examples and resources on how housing and health can work together and marks the start of a national CCG engagement programme which includes a series of webinars and a dedicated webpage. Care and Repair England is delighted to be one of the partners with NHS England and others in the housing sector to drive change to support greater links between health and housing. Click here to download the guide.


  • South East Wales Energy Agency have just begun a project to help raise awareness about smart meters. The well – publicised Smart Meter Rollout is underway, with all UK households being offered a free smart meter by 2020. However, many people have questions, concerns and other queries about the rollout, the pros and cons of smart meters, and how/why they should request to have one installed. South East Wales Energy Advice Centre is able to provide advice, free of charge, to anyone based in the UK (they’re not restricted to only helping those in Wales) who wants to find out more about smart meters. Click here to find out more. or alternatively you can email or call 0800 622 6110.


  • ‘Improving Lives – the Work, Health and Disability Green Paper’ was published on 31 October by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health. The publication marks the start of a public consultation, which runs until 17 February 2017. The plans proposed include: a review of Statutory Sick Pay and GP fit notes to support workers back into their jobs faster and for longer; encouraging Jobcentre Plus work coaches to signpost claimants to therapy; the launch of a consultation on Work Capability Assessment reform; encouraging employers to work with their employees with long-term health conditions to stop them from falling out of work and a wide-ranging debate about recognising the value of work as a health outcome. Click here to read more about the proposals in the Green Paper.


  • Age UK Lambeth have published their November Events Listing. Activities include: salsa club, film club, a Ceremony of Remembrance and a technology workshop. Click here to see the full programme of events.


  • The November to December 2016 edition of the Elders Council of Newcastle Newsletter is out now. Click here to download the newsletter, and read about their new Chair.


  • The latest update from The SAFER Project at West Yorkshire Trading Standards is now available, with some great advice on how to stay safe. Click here to see their update.

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