Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 12th February 2018

Weekly Members News – 12/02/2018

Opportunities for Action

Creative Collision IIThe Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance is presenting a range of workshops and performances at the Tate Modern as part of the Tate Exchange programme. Creative Collision II will see Trinity Laban artists, students and participants immerse themselves in this year’s Tate Exchange theme of ‘production’.

The programme runs from Wednesday 14 February to Sunday 18 February.

Liquid Crystal, on Friday 16 February from 12:00 – 16:00, sees a diverse intergenerational participant group of Trinity Laban music and dance students and older adults from Trinity Laban’s Inspired not Tired Programme, share the process of producing a human kinetic sculpture that can be creatively transformed and manipulated. Visitors to the Tate Exchange are invited to join in or observe this experimental music and dance collaboration.

For more information, visit the Tate Modern website.


Social Media Networks – The Grey AreaThis free event, hosted by Remarkable Lives founder Owen McNeir andAmbitious PR, takes place during Social Media Week Bristol. The invite only session will open with a case study of a new investor backed social network for older people called Remarkable Lives. Remarkable Lives is a care platform and reminiscence App designed to improve the quality of later life and put human stories at the heart of care. Celebrating the life stories of older people, this social venture provides a secure platform to share these memories with the people who matter most.

The session will include contributions from the founders, investors and major care and older people charities who are supporting the development of Remarkable Lives, including: Rob Fountain, CEO Age UK Gloucestershire; Elia Takkos, Director, Home Instead; and Sam Alford, award manager atUnLtd – the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs. Plus, we will be exploring the success of care providers who are already using the social network to deliver person-centred care, improve client & carer relationships and satisfy their CQC requirements.

  • Date and time: Friday 2 March from 1100 to 1230, with a sandwich lunch to follow for those who wish to stay and network.
  • Venue: the Engine Shed in Bristol.

There are limited spaces to this invite only event so please confirm your place as soon as possible by visiting: The Eventbrite Webpage and entering the pass code: AMBPRSMW 


For Information

Post Office Card AccountsThis is Money reports that the option for pensioners to receive benefits paid into a Post Office Card Account will be withdrawn by DWP, as the service is too expensive to run.


Housing for Older PeopleWelfare Weekly summarises the conclusions of the Commons Communities and Local Government Select Committee calling for the Government to develop a new “national strategy” for older people that encourages the building of more and all types of housing for older people, which they claim would “help reduce the need for home or residential care”, and also relieve pressures on the NHS and social care system.

The Committee says that the forthcoming social care green paper “must consider the range of housing for older people, from mainstream and accessible homes to supported and extra care housing, as well as access to adaptations and repairs”.

The Committee’s full report is available on the Parliament website.

Responding to the publication of the report, the Centre for Ageing Better said““Today’s call to create a national strategy for housing for older people is hugely welcome and represents a significant step towards responding to a society where more people are living longer. We now need Government to act on the Committee’s recommendations”.

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