Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 13 November 2017

Opportunities for Action


Museum Project Funding and Management Workshop

This workshop will consider the museum project funding process and the management skills needed to deliver a successful project. Through presentations by speakers from funding bodies, consultancies and museums, this workshop aims to identify the practical steps within the museum project funding management process. Building on the success of the recent Entrepreneurship in Cultural Heritage workshop, the day will provide a space for museum professionals, volunteers and early career researchers and emerging professionals to discuss the day’s theme, network and identify opportunities for future collaboration including placements.


  • Vanessa Harbar (Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands)
  • Kate Dickson (Creative Heritage Consultants Limited)
  • Tim Bryan (British Motor Museum),
  • Jon Clatworthy (Director of the Lapworth Museum of Geology)
  • Prof Kiran Trehan (Professor of Leadership and Enterprise Development, University of Birmingham).


  • Date and time: Friday 1st December 2017, 10:00-15:00hrs
  • Venue: Digital Humanities Hub, European Research Institute, University of Birmingham B15 2TT


More information and booking:


Wise Age 50+
Wise Age has a successful track record of achieving 50% job outcomes for 50+ clients in past DWP programmes, based on research into best practice in helping older job seekers and promoting age diversity to employers works.  We match employer needs to client skills and  screen clients so that only appropriate clients apply for these jobs, building trust with employers. We combine personal 1-2-1 support and job matching, with individualised application writing and mock interviews with group dynamics to improve confidence, motivation, appropriate job focus. We give each client sufficient  time to help them find and retain a job (13 +weeks). We have links to specialist training and volunteer placement partners giving us unique and successful  client relationships. Our individual regular monitoring of each client  means that we can alter our approach  and individual customised support if required, to help clients to find a job rapidly while others furthest from the job market are encouraged to develop life skills, confidence, build up volunteering & work experience & help to overcome barriers.   Wise Age 50+ will  engage with and recruit 50+ DWP JSA and Universal Credit clients in East London in partnership with the DWP  regional partnership managers, work advisors and  staff and provide:

  • Group Training with 50+ clients focusing on: motivation, confidence building;  Job search, employment and employer job matching; Application & CV writing  for different job types; Understanding how to match their skills and experience with Personal Specifications and Job Descriptions; Interview techniques and explaining the needs of employers particularly in their sector.
  • Support from our Employer Engagement Specialists and Job matchers to ensure  help is given in finding the right jobs to apply for. Our relationship building with employers to ‘sell ‘ them the benefits of older working age staff as part of an age diverse workforce will compliment this approach.
  • Regular one-to-one sessions with our skilled Client Advisors who are either 50+ or trained to be able to understand and meet the needs of the 50+. Our advisers will help clients to make the best possible applications and provide mock interviews with clients.

Wise Age 50+ will provide up to 6 months’ support for up to 100  50+ clients for project of 1 year, aiming for:

  • 50% into jobs
  • 95% completing the group training
  • 100% with Training and Employment Needs Analyses and Action Plans
  • 40% introduced to training and learning
  • 20% taking up volunteering, work experience.

Costs are £350 per individual in group sessions or £450 for 1-2-1 support, job outcomes are charged at £1400 per outcome.   More information available from Wise Age.


For Information


Digital Health is not just for millennials
While digital health technology adoption has consistently been higher amongst younger generations, a new study  shows how rapidly increasing levels of internet access amongst overs 65s means that that the number of seniors now receiving online cognitive therapy (IECBT) in the UK is significant and growing. The study also found that a greater than expected proportion of patients having IECBT are older men, compared to traditional therapy methods.   IECBT mirrors face-to-face therapy in that it involves real-time communication between therapist and patient in therapy sessions. However, communication in IECBT takes place via typing in a secure virtual therapy room. The transcript of each session, conducted in this way, is encrypted and held on a secure site for both therapist and patient to access at any time. In addition to a weekly CBT appointment, therapist and patient can also communicate between sessions. This is particularly useful if a patient is experiencing difficulties or distress between therapy appointments.
The study ‘The Use of Internet-Enabled Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety amongst Older People’ is available for download from the December issue of The International Journal of Aging and Society

Dementia – Britain’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease for first time

Dementia is now Britain’s biggest killer, overtaking heart disease for first time new figures have shown.
Some 70,366 people died from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia last year compared to around 66,076 deaths from heart disease. In 2015 heart disease was the biggest killer with 69,785 death, while 69,182 people died from dementia.
The switch is being driven by the ageing British population, combined with improvements in heart health, as more people are prescribed statins and beta blockers to cope with high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

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