Age Action Alliance Weekly Member’s News – 30 January 2017

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Opportunities for Action


  • Fuel Poverty Awareness Day – Friday 17 February – the national day to raise awareness of fuel poverty and cold homes. Taking place at the end of National Energy Action’s (NEA) Warm Homes Campaign, it is a chance to highlight the problems faced by those struggling to keep warm in their homes as well as the excellent work being undertaken to tackle the issues. You can support Fuel Poverty Awareness Day by signing up to NEA’s Twitter Thunderclap. They would love your support, whether as an individual or as an organisation, and need to get up to a target of 100 supporters for this to work! By tweeting out at the same time we’re hoping to make a big impact and for our collective voice to be heard. Please click on the link to tweet our message “Supporting National Energy Action’s #fuelpovertyawarenessday because no one should have to live in a cold home.” It only takes a few minutes. We will be tweeting on the day using #fuelpovertyawarenessday, and in the meantime you can continue to follow us and all of our work on the Warm Homes Campaign at @NEA_UKCharity.


  • Drink Wise, Age Well is a Big Lottery Funded Programme which helps people make healthier choices about alcohol as they age. The World Health Organisation (2012) has identified alcohol-related harm among older adults as an increasing concern and Drink Wise, Age Well is eager to share knowledge and best practice on how to reduce this harm. They are developing a newsletter which will go out quarterly for professionals and frontline staff supporting adults aged over 50 and their families. If you would like to receive this newsletter please sign up via this link.


  • The Letchworth Centre for Healthy Living have a vacancy for a Clinic and Administration Manager. This newly created post will provide an excellent opportunity for a highly motivated individual to play a significant part in the growth and development of the exceptional clinical services provided at the Centre. The successful applicant will be innovative, collaborative, empowered and empathetic to our organisation’s ethos. He/she will have experience in HR, administration and management and be committed to supporting our organisation transform its business practices to meet the ever-increasing demand for their services. Closing date for applications is Friday 03 February. Click here for details of the job description.


  • The Elders Council of Newcastle are currently seeking a Treasurer to join their team of trustees, to oversee the financial matters of the charity as well as be part of a committed Board of Trustees ensuring the correct administration of the organisation. For a copy of the full job description please contact or call 0191 208 2701. If you are interested in applying, please send a CV and covering letter to by Friday 24 February.


For your information


  • Age UK London demands longer tenancies for older private sector tenants who ‘live in fear’. Awareness of the needs of older private sector tenants in London has found that they need longer, more secure tenancies. There are 146,000 households renting privately in London where at least one person is over 50, and projections suggest this number will rise. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of flat sharers aged 45 to 54 nationally soared by 300%. Click here to read more on this topic from Age UK London.


  • The Falls and fracture consensus statement: Supporting commissioning for prevention has been published setting out the recommended approach to falls & fracture prevention. Produced by Public Health England with the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group* (NFPBG) member organisations, this important document outlines interventions and approaches that the group recommends to local commissioners and strategic leads with a remit for falls, bone health and healthy ageing in England. Care & Repair England is an active member of the NFPBG and has contributed information and evidence with regard to the role of the home environment and falls prevention. There are sections on healthy homes and references to the role of housing in the document. The document includes useful data and extensive references to evidence/key reports to underpin its recommendations. Following publication, the NFPBG* intend to initiate a programme of work to support local commissioning activity which will be underpinned by the commitments outlined in the Consensus Statement and to support a ‘whole system’ approach. Click here to read the publication and obtain more information.


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