Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 20 March 2017

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Opportunities for Action


  • Jo Cox Commission ‘Spotlight on Older People’ launches today Alliance member Age UK is proud to be working in partnership with other AAA members and the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to lead the national spotlight on older people from today, 20 March to 23 April: Alzheimer’s Society, British Red Cross, the Campaign to End Loneliness, The Silver Line, Royal Voluntary Service, Independent Age, Gransnet and The Big Lunch. On 31 January, the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness was launched by Rachel Reeves MP (Labour, Leeds West) and Seema Kennedy MP (Conservative, South Ribble), in memory of Jo Cox MP following her tragic murder last year. Jo Cox was passionate about tackling loneliness in our communities and the Commission will be working throughout 2017 to address the impact loneliness has on different sections of our society. More than 1.2 million older people are chronically lonely and this month is an opportunity to raise awareness and take action to change that. Loneliness in later life can be overwhelming, with many feeling that there is no way out and the risk is significant as older people are more likely to experience deteriorating health or the death of a loved one. Start a conversation: Jo Cox reminded us that we can all do something – as individuals and organisations – to help older people in our communities, so why not support the Commission and ‘start a conversation’ today, whether it’s your neighbour, a visit to an old friend, or just making time for others.

You can support the campaign in several other simple ways:

1)       share your stories and how you’re working collaboratively to tackle loneliness by writing a AAA blog during 20 March-23 April

2)       use hashtag #HappytoChat and mention @AgeActAlliance in tweets

3)       visit the Jo Cox Commission website and pledge to start a conversation. Click for here more information.



  • London Trading Standards and Age UK London ‘Working together to support and empower older Londoners to challenge fraud and intimidation related to door step crime and mass marketing scams’ event on Monday 10 April, 10.00 – 16.30 with lunch at 13.00. This event will enable you to form connections within your borough to access local support and guidance to bring awareness to the increasing issue of scams and fraud. Please book your place early! Click here for the details.


  • The Centre for Ageing Better is an independent charitable foundation funded by an endowment from the Big Lottery Fund and part of the ‘What Works’ network. They bring about change so that more people today and in the future benefit from their longer lives. Centre for Ageing Better are moving from successful start up to become a major player in shaping the future of our ageing society and shifting attitudes and behaviours. To help realise their ambitions, they are looking for a new trustee to join their Board who brings deep experience of later life issues. In addition to this, a sound understanding of governance, and the ability to work well in a group, will be essential. Click here to read more details of the vacancy. The closing date for applications is Friday 31 March.


  • Ever thought of helping a charity by becoming a trustee? Age UK Lambeth are the leading voluntary organisation looking after older people’s interests in the London Borough of Lambeth. They are looking for new trustees who are part of a diverse Lambeth community who would like to use their abilities to help to develop and deliver our services to older people. They are looking for dynamic and motivated people who are sympathetic to the aims and objectives of Age UK Lambeth to fulfil these voluntary duties. Trustees will contribute actively to the board of the charity by giving strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining goals and setting targets; evaluating performance; ensuring the charity’s effective and efficient administration and financial stability. Click here for further information, and to download an application pack.


  • British Society of Gerontology Special Interest Group on Research on Transport and Mobility, at Oxford Brookes University 10:30 – 17:30 Friday 21 April. This inaugural meeting of the British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Special Interest Group on Transport and Mobility will bring together researchers and practitioners from gerontology, urban design, planning, transport, health and beyond. This is an open meeting and membership of the BSG is not required. The morning includes academic speakers from two eminent UK research centres investigating older people’s mobility: Gordon Stokes, University of Oxford, Transport Studies Unit and Catharine Ward Thompson, University of Edinburgh, OPENspace Research Centre. An afternoon site visit follows to Barton in East Oxford. This includes presentations from the Barton NHS Healthy New Town Steering Group and Oxfordshire County Council Public Health. Interactive work on the development of the Special Interest Group back at Oxford Brookes will conclude the formal day sessions before we break for drinks. Click here for further details and to book.


  • Academy of Urbanism / British Society of Gerontology event – Developing communities for older people’s active mobility: challenges and opportunities, at Oxford Brookes University 18:30 – 19:30 Friday 21 April. This evening event follows on from the daytime British Society of Gerontology (BSG) Special Interest Group on Transport and Mobility. Join them for drinks from 17.30 at the award-winning John Henry Brookes building at Oxford Brookes University. Janet Sutherland is a Director of the Academy of Urbanism and a freelance consultant specialising in housing and regeneration, with over 30 years’ experience forming strategies and policies, leading and managing complex programmes and creating sustainable development, in local government, housing associations, the voluntary and private sectors. Her work includes neighbourhood renewal, effective community engagement, urbanism and housing for older people. Janet has delivered affordable home ownership in London with Pocket Living, and was previously Director, JTP Cities; and held senior Housing positions with the London Boroughs of Lewisham and Camden. She is a Board Member and Chair of the Services Delivery Committee of Aldwyck Housing Group, CIHM and FRSA. Click here for further details and to book.


  • BCS (British Computer Society) Digital Accessibility SG – Robots in Society event to be held at 5 Southampton Street, London WC2E 7HA on Wednesday 26 April at 14.00. This is a joint event between the WCIT, BCS and CLAWAR to bring together everyone with an interest in Robotics, to discuss the growing role of robots in everyday life and the emerging technical, regulatory, ethical and legal challenges being faced to satisfy the ageing societal requirements for personal care and medical services. The first in a series of events will be held on 26 April. The presentations and discussions will focus on: Overview of the growing role of robots in everyday life, the emerging technical, regulatory, ethical and legal challenges and the societal requirements for robotics in the fields of personal care and medical services. The cost of the ticket for the event, including refreshments, is: BCS, WCIT and CLAWAR members £20.00 plus VAT, Non Members £30.00 plus VAT. Places are limited and tickets must be booked in advance and are expected to go quickly, so please book early to secure your place. Click here for the booking details.


  • The 2017 Mature Marketing Summit, London, October – special rate for AAA members. The Mature Marketing Summit is organised by AAA member, the Mature Marketing Association. Now in its fourth year, the event is established as Europe’s leading conference for all interested in marketing to older consumers. This year’s event takes place in a conference centre in Central London on Tuesday 10 October. A full day event, it includes a range of expert speakers, a Power Networking Lunch and also the announcement of the winners of the first Mature Marketing Awards. AAA members can attend for the special rate of £199, saving £200 on the full delegate rate of £399, by using the code MMA199 when you book. Click here for further information and booking details.



For your information


  • The March 2017 issue of Voice of Senior Citizens from Ageing Nepal is available for your information, use and sharing. Click here to read about what’s happening with older people in Nepal.


  • Leicestershire Older People’s Engagement Network (OPEN) was established in 2007 and became an independent organisation in 2013. They have held an intergenerational event “Bridging the Years” in 2014 and 2015 each of which had over 100 young and older people attending. Their third event took place on Saturday 18 March 2017 and is intended to give older and younger carers an opportunity to have a few hours of respite from their responsibilities. Click to here to find out more about OPEN – who they are and what they are involved with.


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by Ben Budd

Over 135 young & older people attended bridging the years between generations.
The carers’ choir sang, Sikh musicians taught us how to play their instruments, we had discussions on Scans. It truly was a day enjoyed by all.

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