Opportunities for Action
- Family Arts Campaign launch new Age-Friendly Standards Developed in consultation with leading experts including Age UK, 170 arts and cultural organisations, and older arts attenders. The Family Arts Campaign has announced the launch of its new Age-Friendly Standards, which provide clear guidance for cultural organisations welcoming older family members. There are already 65 early adopters of the Age-Friendly Standards including Sadler’s Wells, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and Blackpool Grand Theatre. The development of the Age-Friendly Standards is a response to reported trends which indicated a significant drop-off in cultural engagement in later life, due to multiple barriers which older people may encounter. The Standards support a major new ‘Celebrating Age’ fund launched this year by Arts Council England which aims to support cultural spaces to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people. Find out more here.
- Mayor’s Vision for a Diverse and Inclusive City Consultation event for older people to feedback on the Mayor’s vision for a diverse and inclusive city. You may be aged fifty and over. You may be disabled, you may belong to an ethnic minority community, you may be a carer, you may fit all these categories and others. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has published his draft vision for a diverse and inclusive city. You are invited to City Hall on Friday 01 September to feed back on his vision for diversity and inclusion for all Londoners. This is an exciting opportunity for you as older Londoners to explore whether the Mayor has addressed all the issues which concern you and matters which affect your everyday lives. Does the Mayor’s vision address your needs for diversity and inclusion for all Londoners? Come and have your say! For further details, and booking information, click here.
- 50+ Age and Employment in London Tuesday 05 September will see PAiL (Positive Ageing in London) work in partnership with the DWP (London and Home Counties Partnership team) and Age UK London to highlight both the problems faced by older workers and jobseekers, the benefits older people bring to employment, and the economy of London, to start the basis of an informed discussion about what older Londoners (50+) want from the Mayor’s Economic Development and Employment Strategy for London. For further information, including how to book your place, click here.
- Homes for Older Londoners There will be an opportunity on Monday 18 September to discuss the Mayor’s new London Housing Strategy and to suggest policies that should be included. What sort of housing do older Londoners want? With the Mayor about to plan a new London Housing Strategy, come along and tell us what the policies should be for housing in London. The debate will be introduced by a range of expert speakers from key organisations. Age UK are holding this event jointly with Positive Ageing in London and as part of a project funded by Hyde Foundation to explore older people’s views on housing. For further information and booking details, click here.
- The Age of Creativity Festival – Celebrating Creativity As We Age Creativity and culture is good for all ages, particularly in later life, when wellbeing is often more difficult to achieve. Now Age of Creativity (AoC) is about to focus its work on bringing England its first Arts Festival for older people, following in the successful footsteps of Ireland’s Bealtaine, Scotland’s Luminate and Wales’s Gwanwyn Festivals. This Festival Fortnight, 01 – 14 October in venues around the country, will encourage organisations from the arts, culture, health and care sectors to work in partnership for the benefit of older people. There will be a Festival programme of activities on a central website, making it easy for people to find opportunities for cultural interests. Click here to find out more, and see how you could get involved!
- Warm Homes Fund now open for bids National Grid and Affordable Warmth Solutions are now inviting bids to the new £150million Warm Homes Fund. All eligible organisations are invited to apply including those who have not yet submitted expressions of interest. The Warm Homes Fund will be awarded over three years and used to address some of the issues affecting fuel poor households and has been established by National Grid to help supplement traditional funding streams. It is open to bids from local authorities, registered social landlords and their partners in England, Wales and Scotland. The bids may involve contributions from partners but the lead bidder must be a local authority or registered social landlord and the funding will be paid directly to them. It is broadly split in to three categories focusing on urban, rural and health-related solutions. Affordable Warmth Solutions are inviting eligible applicants to enter a bid in the scheme by 12 noon on 08 September 2017. For more information on the fund and answers to frequently asked questions, click here.
For your information
- E.C. Fortnightly Welcome to the first edition of the e-bulletin from the Elders Council of Newcastle. This aims to keep you briefly informed of news, issues, events and opportunities that occur between editions of their Newsletter. Please pass it to any others you think may have an interest or print it and pass to a friend who doesn’t use a computer – yet! Click here to see what’s going on.
- The latest newsletter from the SAFER Project at West Yorkshire Trading Standards is available now. Click here to read their latest tips on staying safe.
- Ageing Nepal have published their August 2017 issue of Voice of Senior Citizens. Click here to catch up on their news.
- Recognising and preventing delirium – a quick guide for care home managers This new NICE/SCIE quick guide will help care home managers to recognise the symptoms of delirium and to understand what they can do to prevent it. It includes sections on risk factors for delirium; recognising delirium; preventing delirium and sharing information with the person and their family. Click here to access the guide, which is available online and in a PDF version which can be printed and used in training.