Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 15 January 2018

Weekly Members News – 15/01/2018

Opportunities for Action

 

Silver Sunday 2018 – Save the Date

Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. Led by the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge they contribute to our communities while combatting loneliness and isolation. Everyone can get involved, whether that’s organising an event, spreading the word, or simply attending an activity.

Silver Sunday in 2018 is on 7 October.

 

Housing: exploring the way forward for an ageing population

The French Hospital Almshouses is pleased to announce a one day conference exploring housing options across the spectrum for the ageing population. You will have the opportunity to hear speakers from organisations both large and small who are working to improve housing and care options for the ageing population. Lord Best OBE DL, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Housing & Social Care for Older People, will deliver the keynote address.

  • Date: 21 March 2018
  • Venue: the Wellcome Collection, London.

The conference will be of particular interest to people working across the housing spectrum, as well as to individuals with an interest in exploring housing options for the ageing population. Tickets are £125pp and include refreshments and lunch.

For more information and to book, please visit bit.ly/housingconference2018.

 

Free Carbon Monoxide Awareness Workshop and e-learning

The Gas Safe Charity is delivering a series of free carbon monoxide (CO) awareness workshops across the UK in 2018 (dates and locations in link below). We will be in Central London on the morning of the 22nd March and finish with a buffet lunch at 12.30. We are also developing an e-learning package for front line staff and volunteers, which will be ready in early Spring.

The workshops are aimed any organisation that delivers their services in the homes of vulnerable people. Exposure to even low levels of carbon monoxide in someone’s home have been linked to a greater risk of falling as well as dementia.

Click on the link http://bit.ly/2AD1F6z to get a booking form/find out more information or email thinkco@gassafecharity.org.uk to receive a booking form and/or information about e-learning.

 

Help for Hackney’s Older Unemployed

Wise Age’s Hackney Support Programme for over 50s, whether they are receiving benefits or not, is going to continue after a successful first year of helping older people back into work.

Chris Walsh – Chief Executive of Wise Age – the voluntary specialist age and employment experts- said ‘We are looking forward to launch a new set of weekly group  and individual training and support sessions for the over 50s every Wednesday at 11 am  starting 7th February. These support sessions will last until the end of March and are open to anyone who wants to find employment or self-employment, not just those on JSA or Universal Credit. We warmly welcome new participants for what may be the last of these group training courses’.

The topics this programme will cover include confidence building and motivation, understanding and overcoming ageism in employment, job search, job matching, volunteering opportunities, effective CV writing and job application writing, interview techniques and mock interviews.
Peter Murphy – Head of Wise Age Programmes added ‘As the leading age employment specialists Wise Age experienced and professional advisers listen to you, respect your reality, and encourage you to make positive steps forward.

These training sessions will be held every Wednesday from 11 am at Chats Palace, 42- 44 Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney, E9 6DF.

For more details contact Peter Murphy at Peter@wiseage.co.uk

 

An introduction to the Relational Approach

On January 23rd, Flourishing Lives is launching its CPD-accredited one-day course ‘Mattering: An Introduction to the Relational Approach’.

The training is designed for people working at any level in arts, charity and public sector services and provides a practical framework and skill-set to develop effective and genuine interpersonal connections.

Register here: relationalpracticetraining23jan.eventbrite.co.uk. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mattering-an-introduction-to-the-relational-approach-tickets-40843675533

 

For Information

 

New Quick Guide: Helping to prevent infection 

NICE and SCIE have produced a new quick guide covering the basics of infection prevention in care homes. Managers and staff will find it a useful reminder of the practical steps they can take to minimise the risk of infection for the people in their care. It will also help services to achieve the infection prevention standards required by the Care Quality Commission.

You can download the guidance at Helping to prevent infection – a quick guide for managers and staff in care homes

 

Millions relying on just £7k a year in retirement 

Research from the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), reported in FT Adviser, shows that the poorest pensioners are relying on the state pension for three quarters (78 per cent) of their income.

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It is packed full of useful resources across nine main themes, along with nine sector specific employer toolkits. Visit the website.

 

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