Opportunities for Action
- Reggae & Soul Afternoon being hosted by Age UK Lambeth staff and volunteers from Bloomberg’s on Saturday 03 June in London. Following their successful Soul Afternoon during the Celebrating Age Festival in October, they invite you to an afternoon of the best reggae and soul. Soul music is all about musical exuberance, deep feeling, and unfettered joy, so why not get on the dancefloor for the afternoon and blow off those cobwebs! And it won’t cost you a penny to get in. Just bring your dancing shoes! Everyone coming along will be offered FREE membership to their new service, MYsocial (You don’t have to join, but membership will give you access to more events). Click here for registration details.
- Community Events Fund and Training Programme 2017 Do you need a funding boost for your event in 2017? Would you benefit from some professional events management training? EventLambeth have an exciting opportunity aimed at supporting positive community focussed events in Lambeth, led by the residents and organisations based in the borough. The application should be towards delivery specific costs such as marquees, PA systems, toilets, professional fees; artist fees; volunteers costs; publicity and marketing costs; licensing and statutory implications; security and safety measures. There is £5,000 available for each of five neighbourhoods (£25,000 in total), with bids of between £250 and £5,000 invited. Click here to find out more.
- Young at (he)art: ageing well and creativity What role can the arts and creativity play in keeping us healthier, for longer? How can we ensure that our quality of life increases at the same rate as our life spans? London Arts in Health Forum (LAHF) partner with the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) to host a discussion on Thursday 15 June featuring leading researchers, practitioners and participants on the ways that creativity can support us in later life. The panel, chaired by LAHF Director, Damian Hebron, will feature members of RADA’s Elders Company, the organisation’s resident theatre company for over 60s; clinical health psychologist and Co-Director of the Wellcome Collection’s current Hub residency on the arts and dementia care, Dr Paul Camic; Co-Director of Salmagundi Films, an organisation using animation and digital technology to creatively engage those with dementia, Bo Chapman; and Artistic Director of Turtle Key Arts, Charlotte Cunningham MBE, an organisation using music and song with dementia patients and carers. This is an opportunity to boost your understanding about how cultural engagement can generate good health and wellbeing in later life. Part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week, an arts and health festival led by LAHF. Click here for booking details.
- Age UK Hythe and Lyminge welcomes all to their Summer Fair on Saturday 15 July at Oaklands Park, Hythe. The beautiful setting of Oaklands Park will be the stage for a spectacular event organised by Age UK Hythe and Lyminge. They will be re-creating the perfect Village Fete – stalls selling crafts, books and bric-a-brac, traditional games, music, dancing, childrens’ entertainment and refreshments. Click here for further information.
For your information
- Age Works! Wise Age Helps over 50% of their 50+ clients back into work. Wise Age – the first specialist 50+ employment agency in London – has just completed its pilot six month Age Works programme, and it has been a great success. Over half of the 50+ clients that started on the programme have now found employment. Click here to find out more about what Wise Age may be able to offer.
- Ageing Well: A Housing Manifesto The Older People’s Housing Champion’s network has produced a Housing Manifesto which includes ten recommendations that they believe are important for all working in housing, health and care to ensure that all older people have access to a decent home in later life. They are a national network of older activists who support action by older people’s groups across England to improve housing and housing related services for an ageing population. Click here to download the manifesto.
- Age UK London is working to raise awareness of older private tenants’ situation and find solutions to help them where needed. We would be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes to reply to a very short and simple survey about older private tenants in relation to your work, and about some suggested policy ideas to help. It would be very helpful to have your response by the end of the day on Friday 26 May. Please feel free to pass this on to anybody who would be best placed to reply. Access the survey here.
- Tax Help for Older People is a charity service from Tax Volunteers that provides free, independent and expert advice and help for older people on lower incomes. (£20,000 gross per annum or less.) Their volunteer tax advisers are spread right across the United Kingdom. Most of them currently practising or retired tax professionals, including retired HM Revenue and Customs staff. These volunteers give their time and expertise free of charge because they recognise how difficult the tax system can be for older people who can’t afford professional advice and they want to use their skills to benefit the community. They answer simple questions over the telephone. For other problems, they can arrange a face-to-face meeting with a volunteer adviser. For anyone unable to travel because of disability, they’ll arrange a home visit. Read more about Tax Help for Older People here.
- TimeFinders Ltd were recently involved in a podcast run by Thriving Abroad discussing creating contingency plans for families with elderly parents here in the UK with children overseas. It is increasingly likely that expats will have elderly parents when they move away and tensions between work and family commitments overseas and the potential for emergencies here in the UK are often turning people off taking jobs abroad. Click here for a link to the podcast, where you can hear more about supporting elderly relatives while living overseas.
We will be taking a break for the late May Bank Holiday, and our next newsletter will be published on Monday 05 June.
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