Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 10 April 2017

 

This week we welcome new member

 

 

 

Opportunities for Action

 

  • The next Bristol Older People’s Forum (BOPF) meeting is Thursday 13 April at Monica Wills House in Bedminster. You will get to hear from Kirsty Woodard – Ageing Without Children (AWOC), and Liz Lloyd – Professor of Social Gerontology, University of Bristol. All welcome, entry is free. Click here for the details, and see the latest newsletter from BOPF.

 

  • Lancashire County Council, in partnership with the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub, have organised a free employer-focused event as a response to the increasing skills shortage and the ageing workforce in Lancashire, and the need for employers to value the experience that older workers can bring to a business. They are pleased to announce that the keynote speaker will be Damian Hinds MP, Minister for Employment. The date is Tuesday 25 April, and a buffet lunch will be provided. The conference will highlight the newly published DWP Strategy: Fuller Working Lives: A Partnership Approach, enabling employers to access and share best practice in retaining, retraining and recruiting older workers. The conference will draw upon success stories from businesses who have already taken an active approach to age management. Click here for more details, including how to register for your place.

 

  • Invitation to HIV and Ageing Conference for professionals and service providers The first generation of people diagnosed with HIV are now living into older age with one in three people accessing care in the UK aged 50 and over, and the proportion of people living with HIV in this age group continues to rise. Terrence Higgins Trust would like to invite service providers and professionals from any sector to attend our “Caring for a generation” conference aimed at increasing understanding of the lived experience of older people living with HIV. We hope that an awareness of the issues faced will help to guide the provision of supportive and inclusive services. The conference will be held on Monday 12 June in London. The day promises to be informative and interactive, with a range of speakers and workshops. Places are free and must be booked by Friday 02 June. Click here for more information, and to register to attend.

 

  • How to make your house cosier and cheaper to run The Workers Educational Association (WEA) North East Green Branch have an illustrated talk they can offer to groups. It would be relevant to anyone interested in making houses warmer and cheaper to run, and is designed to make this subject interesting and accessible, whether professionals who are wanting to learn more about the topic, or community groups. The Elders Council in Newcastle have hosted it, with 35 members attending, and plan to host it again at their event on housing at Newcastle Civic Centre. WEA can offer it to groups across the North East free of charge. Click here to find out more.

 

  • Robert Buckland MP and Swindon Seniors Forum invite you to attend the Swindon Loneliness Summit on Friday 30 June. As part of a local campaign to tackle loneliness, they have organised a Loneliness Summit in order to bring together key local organisations from different sectors to discuss what can be done to tackle loneliness in Swindon. Loneliness can be felt by people of all ages, but as we get older, risk factors which could lead to loneliness begin to increase and converge. The impact of loneliness can be devastating and costly to society as well as to the individual. Click here for details on how to register to attend.

 

  • Your Home, Your Choice Being comfortable at home is so important to us all. The Elders Council of Newcastle wants to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to make choices about their future home, whether they want to stay put, or whether they want to find something new. They have organised Your Home, Your Choice – an event which will feature over 40 stallholders offering information and advice, and a series of short presentations to help think through your housing options. Whether you are an older person, a carer, a relative or a member of staff working with older people, this event is for you! The event will be held on Wednesday 26 April in Newcastle. Click here for more on the agenda and booking details.

 

  • Acas and the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work will be holding a conference Age Management Matters: meeting the challenges of an ageing workforce in Birmingham on Wednesday 07 June. The conference will focus on the importance of a structured approach to managing an ageing workforce, including areas such as work design, health and wellbeing and options to retain older workers. The conference is set within the context of the DWP’s Fuller Working Lives agenda, the emerging UK Labour Supply crisis and the need to manage the health implications of working longer. The event is free to attend and will be of interest to those working in HR , Occupational Health, Management and Trade Union representatives. Click here for details on how to register to attend. Places are limited, so an early response is advised.

 

 

For your information

 

  • The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living have published their new programme of wellbeing classes for April to July 2017. Classes on offer include: Pilates, Yoga, T’ai Chi, Mindfulness, Salsa, Adult Ballet, Keep Fit and Zumba. Click here to download it and see what’s available!

 

  • Age UK London have published their March issue of London Age Express, their magazine discussing a range of age matters in London including in relation to housing, health and social care, employment and skills. Click here to read about what’s going on.

 

  • The SAFER Project at West Yorkshire Trading Standards have published their newsletter for April. Click here to read their useful advice on avoiding scams.

 

  • Ageing Nepal have published their April issue of Voice of Senior Citizens for your information, use and sharing. Click here to download your copy now.

 

  • The Lovejoy Centre April newsletter is here. Have a look at what’s happening.

We will be taking a break for Easter, and our next newsletter will be published on Monday 24 April. Happy Easter to you all!

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by Ben Budd

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