Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 08 August 2016

This week we welcome new members



Opportunities for Action

  • Joined Up Digital is a network of charities and social purpose organisations aiming to see more people enjoy the opportunities and benefits of digital technology. They have a common goal of improving later life, and their members include Centre for Ageing Better, New Philanthropy Capital, Reason Digital, Big Lottery Fund and the Age Action Alliance. Joined Up Digital is running a one day workshop to explore how people, particularly in later life, interact with digital technology or how they would like to interact with it if it were designed the way they’d like.

We need volunteers to participate this highly interactive workshop on Thursday 18 August at the Impact Hub, Birmingham:

–          People and organisations (particularly charities, social enterprises and community groups) who work with those in later life and could access digital technology on their behalf, e.g. carer, charity worker

–          People with some or lots of experience with technology

–          People with little or no experience of technology at all

This workshop will give you a chance to influence and shape our thinking as we work towards ambitious goals of helping older people get the greatest possible benefit through technology, helping them access and navigate a world of opportunities that can help them life the life they want to. We aim for the day to be both fun and useful for participants. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Places are limited, so please confirm your attendance by 8th August at the latest by email to


  • The Mindful Connections project, which supports older people in Hackney to connect up with local services, are looking to recruit 10 volunteers. They are looking for people with a non-judgemental and compassionate attitude who can commit to regular volunteering, able to empathise with someone experiencing social isolation and willing to help design and deliver community based activities. They particularly welcome applicants who are aged 50+! The induction and training provided will help prepare for working in the community with vulnerable older people as well as facilitating group sessions. Training will cover an extensive range of topics including safeguarding, equality and diversity, LGBTQ awareness, mental health awareness, professional boundaries, as well as health and safety and data protection. Volunteers are asked to commit to volunteering for a minimum of one year (one day per week for three hours). Click here for the Volunteer Job Description. Applications may be submitted on or filling in the attached application form and return it to The closing date for applications is 20 September 2016, and the training will be weekly on a Wednesday starting in early October.


  • Sergio Lopez Figueroa, recently nominated change maker by the Southbank Centre for his Humming in Harmony project, is delivering an introductory workshop in partnership with Open Age. Experience the power of vocal improvisation and mindful humming designed to beat isolation, keeping an active mind and to increase social wellbeing. Date: Saturday 10 September from 10.00 – 12.00 at St Margaret’s Activity Centre, 1 Carey Place, London SW1V 2RT. For further information contact Tickets are £5 in advance. To book, contact Jess Grieve at or call 07530 734489. Further details are on their flyer here.


  • Age Does Not Matter – Wednesday 28 September to Saturday 01 October, 2016 – at the Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London, SE1 9PH. Imagine a world where age does not matter. A world where we all live longer, better lives. Where we can make the most of our potential, however old or young we are. We are building this world today, and we want you to take part. This autumn, the Age of No Retirement are launching ‘Age Does Not Matter’, a 4-day festival to radically rethink the concept of Age. In the stunning setting of The OXO Bargehouse on London’s South Bank, they will disrupt the narrative around ageing through an inspirational series of co-design labs, talks, installations, photography, stories, sound and film. Join the diverse group of citizens, business leaders, creative thinkers, policymakers and academics who are helping to find ways to shift mindsets and shape the products, services and society of the future. It’s free to attend. Places are limited, so sign up now. Download the flyer here.


  • Dementia-Friendly Communities – Educating for Healthcare Roles Thursday 01 September, 10:00 – 12:00 (inclusive of a light lunch). Location: Age UK London, 6th Floor, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA. This workshop will be led by Dr. Julie Gilmartin, Dementia Research Development Fellow at Monash University, Australia. With a background researching older peoples’ priorities in health and social care, she will present her latest paper entitled ‘Impact of a virtual dementia experience on medical and pharmacy students’ knowledge, attitudes and self-reported behaviour toward people with dementia’. There will also be an opportunity to network with other attendees, and to discuss the relevance and importance of developing community medical and pharmacy healthcare services that are accessible for older people. For further details, please email Ben Donovan on


  • Caritas Social Action Network (CSAN) is hosting its first ever Ageing in an Inclusive Society Seminar on Wednesday 07 September. They will discuss a range of issues including dementia care, social isolation, advance planning, social media also physical and emotional well-being within care settings. There are guest speakers from a number of organisations including Friends of the Elderly, The Silver Line, The Link Visiting Scheme and the University of Hertfordshire. The event is free to attend, and open to all academics, professionals, volunteers, carers, family members and anyone that is interested in improving the lives of older people in the UK. Registration link and the full agenda are available here –


For your information

  • Age UK Lambeth have published their August newsletter, packed with details of a variety of events. These include film screenings, dancing, days out and technology workshops. To download the newsletter, click here.


  • New Social Mobility Queen’s Award In the Queen’s 90th year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise Office are launching a brand new Queen’s Award. The Queen’s Award for Promoting Opportunity is designed to encourage social mobility within business whilst recognising and rewarding organisations for the important role that they play. These are the UK’s most prestigious awards bestowed by the sovereign on business. To apply visit The Queen’s Award website


  • The Age of No Retirement has received £449,740 for a social innovation project bringing together different groups – business, government, the media and the general public – to help create a world where age does not matter. It will use user-led design and approaches to generate insights, implement new ideas and share positive stories about how everyone can aspire to a more fulfilled and purposeful older age. This will be supported by an online crowdsourcing platform, as well as networks and events, to enable people to share ideas and develop these into practical solutions. Design Council has received £3.65 million for a programme taking a pioneering design-led approach to improving people’s experience of life as they age. Working alongside UnLtd, the South West Academic Health Science Network and the Centre for Ageing Better, it will bring together people in later life, social innovators and commissioners of health and care services to define, develop and deliver new solutions that better support the needs and aspirations of their communities. Initially based in the South West of England, the programme represents a new model for people-centred innovation that could transform responses to the challenges and opportunities of an ageing nation across the UK. Find out more here.


  • August-Circuit, the eNews Bulletin from HMR [Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale] Circle is out now. Download the bulletin here.


  • State Pension – Did you know? On 6 April 2016 the new State Pension was introduced. The changes are designed to make the State Pension less complicated in the future. It applies to men born on or after 6 April 1951 or women born on or after 6 April 1953. The scheme is still based on your National Insurance record. You can find out more and get a State Pension forecast online at GOV.UK. Please encourage your colleagues, clients and friends to get to know their State Pension too.


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by Ben Budd

Thank you for welcoming us on as new members. The newsletter is most interesting, and has some useful information on activities and initiatives aimed at older people.

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