Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 20 November 2017

Weekly Members News – 20/11/2017

Opportunities for Action



Planning for Later Life

Before making life changing care decisions or providing advice on later life care it is worth considering all of the options and how the care fees will be paid. As part of its “The Way Ahead” engagement project Age UK London is holding a free seminar to help organisations to structure their advice and information more effectively to meet future needs and enable individuals to gain essential information to plan their own requirements.

Speakers include:

Jane Malcolm, Director of External Affairs, Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA)
Nicola Taylor, Founder and Editor Care Adviser Network
Catriona Lumiste, Regional Coordinator, Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA)
Jane Minter, Head of Programmes, Care & Repair England

  • Date and time: 27th November 2017 1030- 1530
  • Venue: Tavis Suite, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9AH

Please book early by email to or by telephone 0207 820 6781



Shared Reading North West


The Reader, a national charity based in Liverpool, delivers Shared Reading groups across a range of settings in the UK. It is now building a volunteer-led movement across the North West. Shared Reading has been proven to promote better health and well-being, to increase social inclusion and we want to make it part of every community across the North West. We’re bringing people together to build a region-wide, volunteer-led movement and we want to hear from you!

Could you run a Shared Reading group in your workplace or local library? Could you help to spread the word of new Shared Reading groups in your area? Do you have the experience or skills to support other volunteers?

Volunteers will become part of region-wide network and will receive full training and ongoing support.

To find out more, visit The Reader website.


Community Christmas


Community Christmas, has a vision that no older person in the UK should be alone on Christmas Day unless they want to be. We hope that by linking people with their communities on Christmas Day they will create connections that will last into the future. Christmas really can change lives and we hope we can work together to achieve that change.

As part of trying to achieve that vision we offer a free website listing to anyone doing something on Christmas Day. Last year we listed over 500 activities on Christmas day, which we estimate benefited approximately 15,500 over 75s. With half a million older people facing Christmas Day alone, and many others of all ages, and many of whom are socially isolated during the rest of the year, we need to do more.

We are well into our 2017 process and are trying to ensure that we have as many events and activities as possible listed on our website so that older people, or those that care about them, can do a post code search to find out what is going in their area. Of course loneliness can affect all ages and many of the events we list are for all ages or welcome younger people who might want to help out as volunteers.

Please share this link with your contacts so that anyone organising a Christmas day activity can register their details directly or email details  of anything you know about to .  We will then contact the organisers to confirm their details and ensure they are happy to be included on the free listings.

You can also take this chance to knock on a neighbours door and get to know them over a mince pie. If either of you would like somewhere else to go on Christmas Day you can do a postcode search on the Community Christmas website to see what is in your area.


For Information



Home Improvements for Older People

Care and Repair Cymru has launched a new collaborative study to investigatethe effectiveness of home improvements in helping older people stay in their own home. The study, led by health data scientists at Swansea University Medical School, will investigate how home modifications and repairs can help to improve the lives of older home owners.

“Safe to be me”

Age UK has worked with the charity Opening Doors London and author Sally Knocker to produce a new resource guide will help health and care professionals meet the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people – an area where resources and guidance is sparse.

The guide, called ‘Safe to be me’, is an essential resource that offers practical advice on being the kind of service in which older LGBT people can feel safe and accepted for who they are.



Age UK has produced handy guidance on influenza: why it’s important for older people to have a seasonable “flu jab”, who is eligible under the NHS scheme, and where to obtain one.

Care and Support for Older People

The Government has announced that it will publish a green paper on care and support for older people by summer 2018. The paper will set out plans for how government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the challenge of an ageing population.

As people are living longer and the population ages, the government recognises the need to reach a long-term, sustainable solution to providing the care older people need. As part of this work the government has begun a process of engagement in advance of the green paper to ensure it reflects a wide range of views and requirements. Government will work with independent experts, stakeholders and users to shape the long-term reforms that will be proposed in the green paper.

The delay in publishing the green paper, which was originally scheduled for the end of this year, has led to criticism that the Government is “kicking the can down the road”.


Warm Homes Campaign

The Warm Homes Campaign is National Energy Action’s annual initiative to raise awareness of the issue of fuel poverty and the solutions available.

The main causes of fuel poverty are poor energy efficiency of the housing stock, high energy prices and low incomes – this year the particular focus is on low incomes.

NEA’s Director of Communications Maria Wardrobe, who chairs the AAA Safe Warm Homes Working Group, urges anyone worried about their fuel bills or keeping warm this winter to visit the Safe Warm Homes Working Group section on the AAA website and download the Fuel Poverty Action Guide and Steps to Affordable warmth films or visit


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