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Opportunities for Action
- Wise Age are running 3 day training programme on How to Understand and Help the 50+ into Employment as part of their ROPES programme (Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support). This is a Trust for London funded training programme to train trainers and organisations on the issues and barriers facing older people looking for employment and how best to overcome them. The training will take place 10.00 to 15.30 on Thursdays 26 February, 02 March and 09 March at: Account 3, 3 Birkbeck Street, Bethnal Green, London E2 6JY. This maybe be your final opportunity to benefit from our free 3-day training programme for voluntary organisations wishing to become skilled experts in the provision of employment advice, support and training for the 50+. This training draws upon 17 years of experience successfully supporting 50+ people into employment and self – employment as well as ongoing research and campaigning around the issues of age and employment. Wise Age are also running an event in Hackney on 28 February. Click here for more information on the training opportunities available.
- Keeping warm in winter – Community Action on Fuel Poverty workshops Free to voluntary and community groups to attend with free prize draw to win £100 to deliver a fuel poverty activity. Calling for community groups and volunteers to join us for an interactive workshop to introduce you to a new resource – the Community Action on Fuel Poverty website. Designed with local groups in mind, the workshop will guide you through the website to relevant information and free resources, to assist you to help your members who might struggle to keep their home warm affordably this winter. Find out about what can be done and how the resource can help community groups to plan, develop and deliver their own fuel poverty activities. It will also allow you to access and easily share practical advice with the people who need it most. Spaces are still available in the following locations: Barking and Sunderland (both 15 Feb), Ipswich and Swindon (both 21 Feb), Enfield (22 Feb), Exeter (23 Feb), Middlesbrough (28 Feb), Salford (9 March) and Penrith (14 March). There will also be a workshop in Derby (date to be confirmed). Click here for booking details and more information.
- Saltbox would like to publicise an event in Stoke-on-Trent run by their Older People’s Engagement Network (OPEN). The event is for those over 50 who live in the City to meet with key stakeholders and decision makers within the NHS and the City Council in a public forum to discuss how they think domiciliary care services should be shaped now and in the future. It’s on 23 February and is free to attend. What OPEN will do after the event is to collate the responses given, get some responses from the decision makers in charge and feed back to attendees. Click here for more information on the event.
- Age UK Lambeth are delighted to be hosting an Over 55s intergenerational jazz workshop in partnership with the National Jazz Archive. The date is: Thursday 16 February, and the venue is: The Vida Walsh Centre, 2B Saltoun Road, London SW2 1EP. Places are limited, so please book early! Click here for booking details.
- The Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) is a national charity based in Stoke on Trent dedicated to ‘making a future for all ages’. They want everyone to enjoy a great later life, which means we as a society need to make changes at a strategic and practical level. Conducting cutting edge research, advising policy makers, and initiating pioneering age friendly programmes; BJF is at the forefront of making these changes happen. BJF are looking to appoint new volunteer Trustees in 2017 and in particular are seeking Board members who have a good knowledge of finance and fundraising, and also practical experience of the ageing agenda and diversity. These are high profile appointments with an expected commitment of a minimum of six board meetings per year and attendance at some profile raising events. Click here for details on how to apply. Closing date for applications is 20 February.
For your information
- The Government’s newly launched Housing White Paper, ‘Fixing our broken housing market’ whilst primarily focussing on building new homes for new households, does include a short section specifically about older people (‘Housing for our future population’, page 63). This inclusion is an improvement on the previous Housing Strategy and, whilst it will not go far enough for many people in the housing and ageing fields, it does at least offer the possibility of future action as a result of responses to the consultation. The White Paper sets out a series of questions, including some concerning housing and ageing. The deadline for responses to the Consultation is the 2nd May 2017. Click here to download the White Paper.
- The February 2017 issue of the Age Friendly Nottingham (AFN) Bulletin is out now. 2017 has got off to a busy start for Age Friendly Nottingham with more premises signing up to Take a Seat in Sherwood, Clifton and Bilborough. They now have over 235 locations in the city and local neighbourhoods where older citizens can be assured of a warm welcome and a seat if they need to catch their breath when out and about. A full list of participating venues is available and look out for the AFN logo in their windows. Click here to read all about Age Friendly Nottingham!
- 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.