Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 14 November 2016

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  • The Missing Million: A Practical Guide to Identifying and Talking About Loneliness There are an estimated one million, one hundred thousand people aged 65 and over who are chronically lonely. They are difficult to find. The Campaign to End Loneliness have a new practical guide The Missing Million: A Practical Guide to Identifying and Talking About Loneliness which provides guidance on how to find the loneliest in our communities.


  • The Ageless Thanet App is here! Ageless Thanet, has developed a FREE App for Apple and Android devices which enables people to find their nearest ‘age-friendly’ business. If you’re looking for a coffee shop, florist, financial planner or hairdresser that values older people, look no further than the Ageless Thanet app.


  • Together with the Adult Services Development Team at Hartlepool Borough Council, focusgov have launched the new ‘Hartlepool Now’ App. Designed for use by adults in need of support, carers and professionals, the innovative App provides access to hundreds of local organisations, service providers and voluntary groups.


Opportunities for Action


  • Free training: the trainers’ sessions on age and employment Three days over three weeks – training available for voluntary organisations in east, south east and central London this Autumn. Wise Age would like to invite you to join ROPES (Resourcing Older People’s Employment Support) – a funded training programme on Best Practice in Age and Employment. They are funded by the Trust for London to offer a free 3-day training programme for organisations wishing to become skilled experts in the provision of employment advice, support and training for the 50+. We have details for the training in Romford and also Bethnal Green. Click here for details of all the dates and how to register.


  • Age UK Lambeth invite you to their Corpus Christi Luncheon Club on the third Monday of every month. The next lunch is on Monday 21 November at 12.45, with a talk from Robert Wegrzyn about being a baker in Brixton! The lunch is free to attend, so click here to find out how to register.


  • Checkatrade Symposium ‘Combining the intelligence of Trading Standards and the 18 years of award winning, pioneering service from Checkatrade, there is before us probably the most significant opportunity this country has seen to date to protect residents from rogue traders.’ Join this ground-breaking Symposium to explore how, through partnerships, we can deliver on the above statement. This event is for leaders and managers who would like to understand more about Local Authority Partnerships with Checkatrade, and how they are bringing benefits to regulatory services. The Symposium will be held on Wednesday 22 February 2017 in Edgbaston, Birmingham. Click here for more details, including the guest speakers and how to register.


  • Age UK London are hosting a free Action Learning Workshop Older Private Renters in London – Challenges and Solutions with guest speakers from Shelter and Advice for Renters, at their offices on Tuesday 22 November. For further details and to register to attend, click here .


  • The Role of Home Adaptations in Improving Later Life The University of the West of England, Bristol and the Building Research Establishment (BRE) have been commissioned to carry out an evidence review of the Role of Home Adaptations in Improving Later Life by the Centre for Ageing Better. The literature search for the report will begin in November 2016 and is due to be completed by January 2017. This will leave time for analysis and modelling work before publication of the final outputs in July 2017. The review will contain academic and grey literature and are asking for help with the grey literature. Deadline for submissions is Friday 25 November. For further details on how to get involved and who to contact, click here.


  • Do you rent your home from a private landlord? Are you over 50 and living in London? Feel like you have ideas about how things could be better? Then you may be able to help. Age UK London is carrying out research into the experiences of older private renters in London. If you would like to take part in a short focus group in your area, with refreshments provided, click here for more information on how to participate in the research.


For your information


  • AAA member, The National Careline, is a not for profit company offering information about care and support for older people, their carers and their families. The objective of the National Careline is to provide a portal that signposts users to various organisations including, Government departments and support networks to help create a clearer understanding of the care maze. Topics include: What help and type of help is available, Where to access help and Where to access financial support. The National Careline also provides a wealth of extra lifestyle information that users may find beneficial in their support and care of the older person. Their service is free to all users, and they want to give you the help and support you need together with the information to plan ahead with confidence for the future. Click here to find out more about the information and support that may be available.


  • Positive Movement classes are being put together by the Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living, starting on 15 November in various locations. It is a programme designed for older people, for anyone who is frail and/or at risk of falls, for those who experience mobility issues or a physical disability, for people living with a limiting long-term illness and for carers. They have now issued information on the dates, times and venues for the classes. Click here for the details.


  • Think Local Act Personal publish ‘Engaging and Empowering Communities: a shared commitment and call to action’. This publication outlines a shared commitment of a number of national bodies to work together to engage and empower communities to improve health and wellbeing. Click here to read more.


  • Government launch consultation on Dementia: care, support and awareness The Department of Health want to hear from people with dementia, their families and carers if we are making a difference to their day to day lives. The consultation runs until 31 January 2017. Click here to see how you may get involved.


  • Talking to people about the government’s work on dementia The government have launched a toolkit that provides guidance about facilitating discussions with people with dementia and carers. Click here to have a look at the toolkit.


  • The November 2016 issue of Voice of Senior Citizens from Ageing Nepal is out now. Click here to read about what’s going on over there.

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