Age Action Alliance Weekly Members News – 6 November 2017

Opportunities for Action

Warm & Well in Winter

Age UK Lambeth is now taking applications for grants for the 2017/18 Warm & Well in Winter campaign.  The grants are for community groups and organisations working with older people to put on social events for their members as part of the campaign to raise awareness of the importance of staying warm during the colder months.We ask that the event include a slot for Age UK Lambeth to speak to the attendees about techniques for staying warm and well and about the help available to people who are concerned about paying their heating bills.

So, if you work with a local community organisation and would like to  apply for a grant then please do send us an application. The form can be accessed here – all you need to start is an email address. If you do not work directly with such a group but know of one you think would like to apply then please feel free to share this with them.

If you have any questions about the campaign or your application then contact us on 020 7346 6800 or

Identify, Voice, Creativity, Action!

The Education and Learning of Older Adults 2017 (ELOA) conference,  “Identity, Voice, Creativity, Action!”, takes place this week.  ELOA is a network group of the European Society for Research into the Education of Adults (

This is an academic conference with a difference – incorporating older learners, performances and participatory workshops as well as the usual papers and presentations.

It is co-hosted by Association for Education and Ageing (AEA) and Leeds Beckett University.  If you haven’t booked yet – now is the very last chance.
More information from the AEA website.

  • Date: Thursday to Saturday 9th – 11th November 2017
  • Venue: Leeds Beckett University

You can book for the whole conference or for just the days of your choosing at the Leeds Beckett University website – follow the link from the AEA website.


Blume is a new social venture which finds paid flexible work for older people. The work ranges from DIY tasks to dog walking and mystery shopping, and much more besides. There are also telephone and computer jobs that you can do from home. In fact, if you have a skill that you think others will find useful then please tell Blume about it. You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it. You also decide how much you want to charge as long as it is above the national living wage – and if you don’t need the money then the site allows you to donate what you earn to charities.

Blume then goes out to organisations and individuals who are looking for help in these areas and – hopefully – finds a match!

Blume was started in response to four emerging trends:

  1. We are living longer.  In the next twenty years the number of over-65s in the UK will grow by 6 million to 17 million.  Or to put it another way within the next twenty years almost a quarter of the population will be over-65.
  2. We are rubbish at employing older people… 80% of 50 year olds are in work but this declines to 60% of 60 year olds and just 30% of 65 year olds.
  3.  …but the economy needs older people.  At current rates older people will vacate 14.5 million jobs by 2022 but just 7 million new people will enter the workplace.   There are huge gaps to be filled!
  4. …and surveys suggest that many older people want to carry on working (but preferably part time); for example 4.8 million 65 to 70 year olds would like to be working but just 1.2 million currently are working.

So that’s why Blume exists.

Please join us and become a blumer by visiting the Blume Website. It’s completely free to join and to use. And please give us any thoughts or feedback you might have: if you have anything to share please get in touch here:

For Information

New intermediate care quick guide from NICE and SCIE


Intermediate care services help people to recover from illness or an accident, to regain independence and to remain in their own homes.  A new quick guide from NICE and SCIE will help people who use services, their families and carers to understand what they can expect from intermediate care and reablement services. The guide covers:

• The types of service available
• The four stages of intermediate care
• The professionals involved in providing care

The guide is available online and also as a PDF which can be printed and shared with people with intermediate care needs.

Take a look at Understanding intermediate care, including reablement.


Skills for Live-in Carers


The Good Care Group has published a useful blog setting out the skills needed for success as a Live-in Career: The Good Care Group Blog.


Newcastle Elders Council Newsletter


The Newcastle Elders Council has published its newsletter for November 2017-January 2018.

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