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

This week we welcome new member


  • Opportunities for Action


  • Free carbon monoxide awareness workshop The Gas Safe Charity is running a series of free half day workshops across the UK aimed at ANY organisation that deliver services in the homes of vulnerable people. Low levels of carbon monoxide have been linked to an increased risk of falls and dementia. Front line staff and volunteers have a key preventative role but there is also a duty of care for employers. A range of organisations have attended past ThinkCO workshops and have now introduced carbon monoxide awareness into their induction and general training. There is usually only one place per organisation per workshop and each participant will receive a training pack, buffet lunch and a free CO detector for each organisation. Find out more here.


  • The Alzheimer’s Society is holding their biggest ever annual conference in London on Thursday 18 May. They will be bringing health, social care, research and policy communities together to discuss how best to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia. A 15% discount is available to all Age Action Alliance members using code ASAC17AGEALLIANCE. Click here for booking details.


  • The Beth Johnson Foundation is a national charity which has been dedicated for over 40 years to making the UK age-friendly. Working with a network of volunteers, researchers, intergenerational practitioners, and age-specialist partner organisations, they speak up for the rights of older people, and push for change, at a strategic and practical level, to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy a great later life. BJF are looking to appoint a new volunteer Honorary Treasurer Trustee with experience in finance and fundraising due to our present treasurer’s retirement. Trustees are responsible for collectively setting the strategic aims and objectives of BJF, ensuring accountability, delivering good governance and ensuring compliance with all legal requirements and financial regulations in accordance with Charity and Company Law. This is a high profile appointment with an expected commitment of a minimum of six board meetings per year and attendance at some profile raising events where applicable. Click here for further information.



For your information


  • The West Midlands Later Life Forum launched their new report on 22 March on how ageing affects individuals and the wider society. It is called ‘Getting Older – a New Experience’, and you can download it by clicking here.


  • BEAD are delighted to announce the launch of their new Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) website. As you will know, bereavement through a loved one’s drug or alcohol use is a devastating, challenging and often isolating experience. Their peer support volunteers have had an immense impact improving the emotional wellbeing of a number of individuals bereaved in this way, and this website helps to broaden the reach of this support, providing a wealth of information and resources to those unsure where to turn or what to do in such a difficult situation. Read more on the website’s new features here.


  • If you work in social care with blind and partially sighted people, you can find resources to help you in your role from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). The ‘Social care professionals’ section can help Rehabilitation Workers, care home and residential staff as well as staff working with older people and those with complex needs, dementia and learning disabilities. You’ll find top tips, good practice guides, training, and help with making sure your communication and environment is accessible. Click here to find out more.


  • SGN have introduced a locking cooker valve which is designed for use with all age groups and all vulnerabilities. The valve allows carers to lock off the gas supply so the cooker cannot be used unless the key holder is present. All gas distribution networks will now install the valve for free. Click here for further details.


  • The Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) has a new publication, Ageing in the UK Now, this short report is an opening review of areas where organisations interested in the field of ageing can make a significant impact, and assist in understanding where future initiatives might be focused. It will be especially helpful to those who are new to the area of ageing. This can be used as a tool that can be used to begin to explore relevant topics to the field of ageing. Click here to download the report.


  • Adfam has recently published a resource bringing together what they have learned from working with older carers in London who are affected by a loved one’s substance use. ‘No one judges you here’ contains voices of older people affected by a loved one’s substance use to reflect how we are keen to give a voice to this vulnerable, and often isolated, group. Click here to download the report and read more.

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