Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 27 February 2017

This week we welcome new members

Telecare Plymouth
Liverpool Museums
DGI Support Services
Friary Park Preservation Group
Wigan Council

Rising pensioner incomes: lies, damned lies and statistics?

Opportunities for Action

Bristol Older People’s Forum meeting is Thursday 2 March at Easton Community Centre 2-4pm (Kilburn St, BS5 6AW), a chance to hear from Sarah Howard of Bristol Hate Crime Services and Georgina Eller, Energy Consultant of Bristol Energy. Time for refreshments, networking, chatting and updates on our work and news in the city. All welcome, free entry – no need to rsvp (future meetings, and minutes from previous meetings are all on our website). There will be an update on the recommendations to Cabinet on 7 March include BOPF continuing to receive funding from the Council (under the new Bristol Impact Fund), and there may be some discussion as to what our next steps are if we have been unsuccessful. Following the open forum we will be starting work on our next newsletter.


Wise Age – the London specialist 50+ employment support organisation and website- is offering free training and support to Hackney 50+ people who are seeking work . This training starts on 28th February at Chats Palace Brooksby’s Walk, Hackney London E9 6DF and takes place between 11- 2pm. Wise Age has 18 years of experience of helping older people get back into employment and self-employment and will be offering their sympathetic expertise in supporting people into work using 121 and f group discussions and links to employers. All 50+ Hackney residents welcome. Full details and flyer available here. Wise Age is also running its very successful ROPES Training the Trainers in Age and Employment best practice to staff and volunteers from London organisations with 50+ clients at their offices at Account 3 , 3 Birkbeck street, London E2 6JY starting at 10 am on 2nd of March. Full details and an invitation to join the Wise Age ROPES project available here.


Lambeth Community Networking Evening, 6 March 2017, 7-9pm. Stockwell Community Resource Centre. The Lambeth TRA Network invites you to meet with your fellow Tenants Associations and community leaders for an evening of guest speakers, workshops and networking on the topic of Training. Full details and flyer click here.


Age UK London are holding a Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) – five year plans for the future of health and care services in local areas -Governance workshop on Friday 17th March 2017, 10.30 am – 2.00 pm (Lunch at 1.00 pm), at Age UK London, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA. The speaker is Liz Rutherford, Assistant Director – Acute care transformation, NHS North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups and the event will cover;
• How can the voluntary sector operate within the perimeter of the STPs?
• How the voluntary sector can engage with the STPs?
Please book your place early. Email or call on 0207 820 6781


CLAHRC South London invites you to an Active Involvement in Reaseach Day (AIRD) 2017, Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.30am- 4pm. Details of the event and registration available here.


For your information

The Older People’s Advocacy Alliance (OPAAL) has launched a new publication telling a series of advocacy volunteering stories from its ground breaking Cancer, Older People and Advocacy programme. Called “Time: Our Gift To You”, there are 19 separate stories of older people affected by cancer supporting their peers. There are many different definitions for advocacy: but older people in the main are unconcerned about definitions, and when faced with cancer they simply need some support. Peer advocates walk side by side, every step of the way, providing whatever support the older person needs. They aim to be the ‘voice’ of the older person, are non-judgemental and make sure those they support are heard and their views and opinions are acted upon. You can also read the real life stories of some of the older people supported by the cancer, older people and advocacy volunteers in Facing Cancer Together. Join OPAAL in the advocacy conversation on twitter using the hashtag #advocacyworks. For more information contact Marie McWilliams.


Got any good stories? Chances are you might not think so. Not immediately anyway. Being put on the spot can make our mind go blank. Most of us don’t consider ourselves good storytellers. We’re our own harshest critics. Our personal stories, however mundane they may seem to us, can be the most important non-material present we give to future generations. We call it the gift of a lifetime because a whole lifetime worth of experience is an incredibly valuable thing to share. Save your story with Kindeo .

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