Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 23 January 2017

 Opportunities for Action


  • Age UK Lambeth have organised a Community Volunteer Fair for Monday 23 January in London. It will be an opportunity to learn about the various volunteering roles available, and a chance to sign up as a volunteer. Details are available here.


  • Independent Living and Carers’ Partnership (ILCP) Information Day Lambeth’s Independent Living and Carers’ Partnership is a group of local charities working together to help some of Lambeth’s most vulnerable residents. Together they provide a range of services supporting people aged over 55, people living with disabilities, people living with mental health issues and carers of all ages. The Information Day will be held on Wednesday 25 January in London, and it is free to attend. Click here to find out more.


  • Faith and Older Age: Making Connections Humanity, Equality, Rights [HEAR], in partnership with members Age UK London and Faiths Forum for London, invite you to a networking, information sharing and collaboration development event to think about how faith- based organisations of all types and those that support and work with older people in London can work better together. The event will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday 31 January in London. Click here for registration details.


  • Age UK London working in partnership with Opening Doors London are delighted to be able to offer you FREE Equalities training – good practice working with & for older LGBT+ people. This will be held on Thursday 09 February from 10.30 until 13.30 and a light sandwich lunch will be provided. The venue will be: Age UK London, 6th Floor, Tavis House, 1 – 6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NB. This session is specifically for members, volunteers, staff and trustees of community groups, voluntary sector organisations and charities across London that work with and for older people. The training will help develop understanding of what makes appropriate and inclusive services for LGBT+ older people and also to enable your service to be an understanding and compassion and welcoming service for LGBT+ older people. Click here for more information, including how to register.


  • ‘Feeling at home’ – A Foundations & Sitra seminar on dementia and housing This event on Tuesday 21 February at the Royal British Legion in London will give housing practitioners in Home Improvement Agencies, local authorities and housing associations an opportunity to explore some of the key issues related to dementia and housing, and to network with other professionals. The day will reflect the experiences of people living with dementia and what home means to them. The Dementia and Housing Charter will be launched at the event, and delegates will have the opportunity to explore the practical commitments and changes we can all make to provide a safe, comfortable and supportive home environment for all. For more information and booking details, click here.


  • ‘Dignity in hearts, minds and action’ is the motto of the National Dignity Council – a registered charity whose primary aim is to promote Dignity across the board and raise its profile. Through its 81000 registered champions the Council works actively to promote dignity in work settings and challenging poor practice wherever they see it. A Dignity Champion is someone who believes passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. They believe that all care must be compassionate, person centred, as well as efficient, and are willing to do something to achieve this. Every year the Council celebrates Dignity Action Day on 01 February which marks the start of a month of activities that provide a showcase for good practice, involving others and raising funds for the campaign. The council invites everyone to join in the celebrations by holding ‘Digni-Tea’ events to promote dignity in your circles. You can do this by becoming a Dignity champion. It is free to join and a simple process through their website. Any funds raised will enable the council to produce more resources to enable Champions to have a much louder voice and greater influence. Find out more here.


  • A twirl over tea Akademi South Asian Dance UK brings social dances with a slice of Bollywood to Waltham Forest! Akademi are delighted to have been awarded a 2-year commission by Waltham Forest Council to deliver tea dances with a twist for older adults in the borough. These popular monthly events in Chingford and Leyton attract a friendly crowd who enjoy a cup of tea and a twirl. For one of them, Akademi is introducing popular Bollywood tunes and moves. At Chingford Assembly Hall, Akademi will continue the sessions for over 100 attendees a month, introducing professional dancers to help those who are new to the steps. Bringing Akademi’s South Asian influence to Waltham Forest, the dances previously held at Leyton Great Hall will be transformed into a more diverse programme, including Bollywood film and Caribbean themed social dancing and will now be hosted at The SCORE Centre, Leyton. Akademi encourages local residents of all abilities to attend these wonderfully social occasions, to dance, talk and enjoy a cup of tea with friends and new acquaintances. Claire Farmer, Akademi’s Dance Well Project Officer says; “Dance is such a powerful tool for social engagement; bringing people together in an enjoyable atmosphere where they can learn new skills, dance to some wonderful music, meet old friends and make new ones.” Click here for information on dates and venues and how to register to attend.


For your information


  • Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a new report Uncharted Territory which looks at the first generation of people to grow older with HIV in the UK. Produced with peer researchers – individuals aged 50 and over living with HIV in the UK – the report shines a light on the needs and experiences of people living with HIV aged 50+. There is no single experience for older people living with HIV and the report makes clear that there is a diversity of needs and experience, from those individuals who need very little support through to those who have more complex needs. The fact that the effectiveness of modern treatment means people living with HIV can expect to live a full life is to be celebrated, however this success brings with it a set of new challenges. Over 50s are the fastest growing group of people living with HIV – 1,018 individuals aged 50 and over were diagnosed with HIV in the UK in 2015 and now over one third of people living with HIV in the UK are over 50. This group, the first generation growing older with HIV, are entering uncharted territory. Click here to access the report and obtain more information.


  • Halton OPEN is the older peoples’ forum in Halton Borough. They have over 1,000 members and campaign, consult and communicate on issues affecting older residents. Halton Open have a Committee purely made up of volunteers who spend their time working hard to promote the forum and to ensure that the statutory organisations and third sector partners are aware of the issues facing older people. They are happy to network with other like-minded organisations in the UK. Click here to read more about the work that they do.


  • The Mobility4EU project  aims to develop a vision and action plan for mobility and transport in Europe in 2030. Their priority is to involve a wide range of stakeholders in this process by means of a thorough consultation based on a Multi-Actor-Multi Criteria analysis.  As a first part of this consultation process they aim to assess the objectives of the various stakeholders in transport and mobility that they want to achieve until 2030. They would like to understand how important these objectives are to you and the other stakeholders, in order to develop an action plan that best serves the stakeholder community. Click here to find out more on how to get involved. The project partners of Mobility4EU invite you to be part of this consultation process and give an insight into your vision and aims for the future transport system in Europe. You can do this by participating in a 10 minute survey accessible through this link.

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