Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 27 November 2017

Opportunities for Action



Adfam’s 2017 Carol Concert

Every year this is a wonderful opportunity to come together with old friends and colleagues, hear some beautiful carols and remember some of the challenges and stresses that the families we support face due to the substance use of a loved one. Our patron, Fi Glover, will be hosting, and she will be joined by an array of celebrity guest readers including Deborah Meaden (businesswoman and TV presenter), Gina McKee (actor) and Martha Kearney (radio presenter).

We’ll also be presenting the winning entries from Adfam’s Family Voices creative writing competition. As part of the Gary Seaman Award we will hear about the contribution of an outstanding practitioner, with their work shared and celebrated by a guest speaker.

As you have been in previous years, I’m sure you’ll agree that it is a wonderful start to the festive season. We do hope you can join us again this year!

  • Date and time: 7th December 2017 19:00 – 20:30
  • Venue: St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y, 8AU
  • Cost: £15 – £30

Visit here to book: Adfam EventBrite



Department of Work and Pensions Inquiry

In 2014, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) published its Fuller Working Lives Report, which stated that ‘supporting carers to stay in work is becoming a major challenge for employers’.

In 2015, the Government announced £1.6million to support nine pilot projects exploring ways to help carers balance employment with their caring responsibilities. These have now concluded and an evaluation was expected in October 2016.


In March 2016 the Government’s consultation on a cross-government carers strategy concluded.  The conclusions are not produced yet.


On 14th November 2017 the Department of Work and Pensions opened an Inquiry, the results of which will inform the carers strategy.  The Inquiry will be into the support that carers receive in relation to employment, for example, whether carers are supported adequately by the DWP, how the DWP can work more proactively with employers to support carers, whether mandatory carers policy statements would be a good idea, how barriers to employment for carers can be reduced and whether a ‘cultural shift’ is needed in attitudes towards carers in employment.  The DWP are asking for written submissions from interested parties by 22nd December 2017.
For the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry click here.


For Information



Charities welcome extra money for home adaptations grants
National housing charity Care & Repair England has welcomed the news in yesterday’s Budget Statement of an extra £42m for home adaptations grants as good news for disabled people.    “Home adaptations are critical to safe, independent living with dignity,’ said Sue Adams, CEO of Care & Repair England and chair of the National Home Adaptations Consortium.  “They can make all the difference to things that most people take for granted, such as being able use the bathroom and get upstairs to sleep in your own bed. This announcement shows that the government really appreciates adaptations’ importance and their impact on demands for health and care.”   Local housing authorities are paid an annual capital grant through the Better Care Fund to help them with the cost of providing means tested ‘disabled facilities grants’. The original allocation for 2017-18 was £431m, so the rise takes this to £473m.
For the full story – click here.


UK’s first pilot of life-saving fire safety device for the vulnerable is launched in Hertfordshire

Three organisations have joined forces to pioneer the use of an innovative life-saving fire safety device connected to a telecare response centre. Herts Careline (a not-for-profit assistive technology provider), Living Safely (suppliers of Stove Guard in the UK), and Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service met North Hertfordshire Homes residents Sheila and Denzil Male of Ickleford, Hitchin, to ask them to take part in a pilot study of the Stove Guard system – a smart device that prevents unattended cooking fires.
Stove Guard automatically turns a cooker off if it gets too hot or if it is left on after cooking – significantly reducing the risk of a fire ever happening. As Mrs Male lives with memory loss, she had become reluctant to cook as she was fearful of causing a fire by leaving the cooker on. Now with the Stove Guard (installed by Welwyn Garden Alarms) in place, and with Herts Careline and Herts Fire & Rescue’s emergency telecare response support connected as a backup, the couple have now regained their independence and can cook for themselves without the risk of fire.
For further information contact Stephanie Bevan, Hertfordshire Careline Marketing Officer; tel: 01462 454609, email:
For the full article – click here.


Dramatic jump in excess winter deaths

New figures released by the ONS  show that over the winter of 2016-17 there were 31,800 excess winter deaths among the over 65s from cold-related illness such as heart attacks and strokes (compared to 20,800 the previous year). One third of all the excess winter deaths reported were caused by respiratory diseases.
Responding to the new figures, Age UK’s Charity Director Caroline Abrahams, said:
‘This dramatic jump in excess winter deaths in England is a terrible rebuke to anyone who thought it was “job done” when it comes to keeping older people safe and sound through the winter. Remember that every one of these deaths was, by definition, preventable’.
For more information – click here
Make sure you’re prepared for winter
Age UK is urging older people to ensure they’re doing everything possible to protect themselves against the cold weather.
Anyone who is concerned about staying warm and healthy this winter should call the Charity’s advice line free of charge on 0800 169 6565 or visit for a free copy of its annually updated guide Winter wrapped up and to browse our advice on staying warm and healthy in winter.


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