Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 13 March 2017

This week we welcome new members




Opportunities for Action


  • EngAgeNet is the English Age Network, the positive voice of older people. Based on the long established English Regional Forums on Ageing, the network embraces local groups and activists with an estimated reach of over 300,000 people. EngAgeNet are having a launch on Monday 20 March, with proposed Speakers David Brindle and Lord Geoffrey Filkin. Click here for further information on EngAgeNet and contact details.


  • Raising awareness of falls and frailty workshop This workshop will be hosted by Age UK London on Thursday 23 March at their offices in London. Come along to this free event to learn about: the incidence of falls across London, prevention and management of falls, frailty – signs and symptoms and promoting independence and providing practical advice to those with frailty and/or have a history of falls. The workshop will include input from expert healthcare professionals, be fully interactive and enable discussion about the importance of the management of falls and frailty. It is aimed at all those from associations supporting older people including local Age UK offices and other associations. Click here for details of the agenda and how to register.


  • Alcohol: Safety and Responsibility in the City of London Join Healthwatch City of London to discuss the impact of alcohol on health and what can be done to raise awareness of the dangers and promote “lower risk” drinking and the impact in terms of community safety and crime. They will be looking at: encouraging safe, responsible drinking; tackling alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour such as troublesome after-work drinking and treatment and support for problem drinking. The event will be held on Wednesday 22 March at a London venue. Click here for more details and registration information.


  • Social Dances in Chingford and Leyton South Asian Dance Charity Akademi have recently been commissioned by Waltham Forest Council to run monthly social dances in Chingford and Leyton for older adults living in Waltham Forest. Both social dances aim to be inclusive and welcome all abilities. The format in Chingford is more traditional (mostly ballroom dance), whereas in Leyton they are experimenting with various dance styles from the world. Click here to see the dates and venues of the Social Dances.


  • Age UK London is running a series of workshops for small groups, organisations and forums that work with and for older Londoners. This is a great opportunity for any members or associates of your group or affiliates or staff of small groups, older peoples forums and older peoples organisations across London to discover how your group can get online and help save money, cut costs and work smarter by having an online profile whether it’s an email, twitter, facebook or a blog and discover all the amazing free resources that are available online. Lunch will be served at the end of the sessions at 13.00. Both events are free to attend. The dates are 22 and 27 March and the workshops will be held at venues in London. Click on the dates for the links to more information and registration details.


  • balletLORENT are offering movement workshops for older members of the community, as well as school children, based in Newcastle as part of a new project which will be to make the third in a trilogy of fairy tales for family audiences. From the success of Rapunzel and Snow White, which included children from the community, they are continuing with Rumpelstiltskin which looks to include older members of the community. They intend to premier Rumpelstiltskin at Northern Stage in October 2017. balletLORENT are currently looking for community groups who would be interested to take up the opportunity to host a workshop. The workshops would be delivered by 2 professional dancers who work for balletLORENT, they will be free of charge and can be up to 2 hours long. The workshops are adapted for those who are in the room and are gentle on the body, they are fun light hearted and inclusive. There will be an opportunity for those who take part in the workshop who are interested in finding out about further opportunities in this project to talk with the workshop leaders. balletLORENT is a professional dance company that has been based in the North East for nearly 25 years and tour its original works throughout the UK and overseas. They have collective experience in working with members of the community of all ages. Click here for details on how to get involved!  If you are interested, please contact Natalie Trewinnard or James MacGillivray



For your information


  • Important news from Bristol Older Peoples Forum (BOPF) “Some of you will know by now that the recommendation from Cabinet to full Council next week is that BOPF (amongst others) does not receive funding from the Bristol Impact Fund. Our current Council grant funding ends on 30 June (we have been funded solely by the Council since 1993). There is also a recommendation for commissioned work on equalities ‘voice & influence’ and we will of course engage fully in discussions about how we may be able to bid/apply. But it does leave us, all our work/advocacy/networks, and our 2800 members in a vulnerable and uncertain place. We have undertaken an intensive couple of years of change; becoming a registered charity, writing a Manifesto for Bristol’s Older People, developing real insight on our members and how they compare to the rest of Bristol, strategic planning, and improving the quality and impact of our activities. However we wish to maintain our core activities as we know they work and deliver outcomes for Bristol’s community of older people.” Read more from BOPF here.


  • NHS Public Health England have relaunched the national “Act FAST” stroke campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of stroke and encourages people who recognise any single one of the symptoms of stroke, in themselves or others, to call 999 immediately. The primary audience for the campaign is people who are more likely to experience a stroke which includes people aged 50 and over and people with medical conditions including diabetes (which can affect sight), high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat). The campaign also focuses on their friends, family and carers and encourages them if they witness somebody showing any single one of the stroke symptoms to overcome any initial reluctance and ‘Make the Call’, dial 999. Working closely with the Stroke Association, the campaign is built around the ‘Act F.A.S.T.’ (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym to emphasise the importance of acting quickly by calling 999. The campaign runs until the end of April 2017. Click here to access the informative leaflet and advice.

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