Opportunities for Action
- Join Trinity Laban this autumn for their first ever September Series – offering two weeks of inspiring and energising workshops for all abilities. Whether you wish to swing to the Lindy Hop or perfect your contemporary dance technique, you’ll find a range of workshops on offer to inspire you. From rhythmical African roots to the mindful movements of yoga – come along to have fun, meet new people and try something new! The September Series has been created to provide people aged over 60 with high quality creative and expressive experiences and the opportunity to work with exceptional artists and teachers. Each workshop is open to all levels of ability and no prior dance experience is necessary. Click here for further information and booking details.
- Multiple Conditions in Later Life – Study Age UK is on the steering group for a James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on multiple conditions in later life. The project has now reached survey stage and they are looking to disseminate it to as many older people as possible. They are looking for responses from those aged 80 and above living with three or more conditions, and from their partners or carers. Many older people live with several health conditions or illnesses. Much research has focussed on specific single illnesses, but living with multiple conditions, especially at older ages, has received less attention. Many questions about it remain unanswered. For the first time ever, a national survey is taking place to find out what the important issues are from the point of view of older people of 80+ living with 3 or more conditions, and their carers. This will help researchers identify the top 10 priorities for research on living with multiple conditions in later life. The priorities will be published so that, in future, researchers can focus on those questions, and research funders can better direct their funds to the priority areas. The aim is to improve quality of life, care and treatment for older people living with multiple conditions. This initiative is led by a group of professional organisations interested in improving life for older people. Age UK is one of the main partners, along with Newcastle University. The initiative is overseen by the James Lind Alliance for independence and transparency. Click here for details on how to participate in the survey.
- Universal Pictures and Damaris Media invite you to an early screening of VICTORIA & ABDUL on Tuesday 15 August, 6pm for drinks, 6.30pm film start at a London venue, address upon RSVP. Victoria & Abdul is the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship in the later years of Queen Victoria’s (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) remarkable rule. When Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity. Click here to register your interest for tickets.
For your information
- Tax Help for Older People Self Assessment Payments – Second payments on account for those in Self Assessment are due by 31 July. Payment can be made by debit or credit card online, by online or telephone banking, CHAPS or BACS, at your bank and building society, at the Post Office, by Direct Debit, via a Budget Payment plan, by cheque through the post or through your tax code. Remember, HMRC charges statutory interest (currently 2.75%) if tax isn’t paid by the deadline. In addition, Late Payment Surcharges of 5% are charged after 30 days, 6 months and 12 months where tax remains unpaid. Wherever possible therefore, any unpaid amounts that were due by 31 January 2017 should also be cleared by the end of this month to avoid the 6 month Late Payment Surcharge of 5% being applied. Click here for further details.
- Giving a Voice – Advocacy on behalf of people with dementia and people with cancer: a study of the effects on service users’ lives This is a review, published by the Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF), and carried out by the University of Salford of advocacy work undertaken over recent years by BJF. The work has been concentrated on two projects focused respectively on meeting the different needs of people with dementia and people with cancer. Advocacy is a simple but important concept. It effectively helps to provide a voice for individuals whose needs may not be being met. This ranges from simply providing emotional support to people able in some measure to represent themselves, to more formally representing and ‘advocating’ on behalf of clients who are less able to articulate their own needs, to a range of agencies. The advocate also helps people to navigate the systems that patients need to deal with, including those of the health, social services and benefits agencies. For anyone having to deal with such systems for the first time, the task can be daunting. This report highlights some of the outcomes from BJFs advocacy work, and some lessons for the future. The topics explored are potentially relevant for all of us as we get older, as well as for our friends and relatives. The report also usefully helps raise awareness of the stereotypes and the ignorance that surround some health conditions. Click here to download the report.
- Dr. Chris Ball, formerly of the Shaw Trust, has accepted an appointment at Newcastle University on a project with Professor Matt Flynn, now based at Hull University but with a continuing commitment at Newcastle. The project, Active Ageing through Social Partnership and Industrial Relations Expertise (ASPIRE), is an EU funded collaboration involving partners in Poland, Italy and Spain as well as the UK. Chris has sent us a presentation on the Slovenian Silver Economy movement and as you will see they are interested in forming links with UK NGOs. It is by Jože Gričar, one of the founding members of The Silver Economy Development Group and founder of eRegion portal at the recent Slovenia – Hungary Forum in Szentgothard. Click here to see the presentation, and contact details for Chris if you have any comments.
- Atos Diversity Expo 2017 Steve Anderson, Founder of Prime Candidate, was delighted to be invited to speak at the Atos Diversity Expo in London yesterday. The Expo aimed to cover all elements of the diversity and inclusion agenda, and we were proud to be asked to represent the focus on age diversity in the work-place. Head of the Atos ‘Generations’ programme, Monika Upadhyay, asked Steve to talk about advocacy of the Baby Boomer generation. This generation, now in the 50+ age group, is an ever increasing, important factor to the success of the work-place and the wider economy. Steve presented how and why this age-group offers so much potential and opportunity to employers, but that there are barriers, in terms of perception, myth and bias to overcome. Employers have the opportunity to enrich their work-place with a diverse range of experience and skills, and a practical approach to facilitate this endeavour, is now available via Prime Candidate’s ‘Champion Age Diversity’. Read more about the Expo here.
- Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Circle (HMR Circle) celebrated its 5th anniversary in style a Rochdale Town Hall. Over 200 Circle members, staff, volunteers and other agencies filled the Great Hall for the event with entertainment provided by the Haley Sisters. High tea was laid on by the catering staff of the Town Hall. Guest of Honour, Mayor Ian Duckworth, spoke to the Circle members as he visited tables before taking to the stage. Heywood, Middleton & Rochdale Circle works at connecting older people, reducing social isolation, and having a good time. Each month HMR Circle organises between 30-40 different social events as well as providing a range of practical support such as cleaning, gardening and various DIY tasks. Read more about their celebration here.