August 2013

Monthly Highlights – August 2013

Latest Members

The Alliance now has 1,420 followers on Twitter and the number of organisations who have now joined us is Alliance Members is 420.

New members this month include:

  • Age UK Essex
  • Age UK South Gloucestershire
  • Age UK Surrey
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Council for Voluntary Service
  • CSC Ltd
  • Dementia Pathfinders Community Interest Company
  • DropBy
  • Futures for Somerset
  • Good Neighbour Project
  • Older People’s Council Brighton & Hove
  • Ostrich Care
  • Over 50 choices
  • Reading Borough Council – Adult Social Care Services
  • Runnymede Trust
  • The Guild Social Economy Services CIC
  • Time Finders

To view all Alliance Members, click here.


Information and Activity by Alliance Theme

It’s been a quiet month for the Alliance working groups as people have been enjoying the summer break.  We’ll be back with more in September but here’s some items from members which might be of interest:

  • Transport

The Alliance Transport Working Group has offered to assist the Department for Transport in gathering information on the Mobility Vehicles market.  This includes information on:

  • Who buys mobility vehicles either new or second hand
  • How many take out insurance cover
  • How may undertake training/whether there is training available in their locality

If you have any information relating to these questions, please contact the Secretariat at AGEACTION.ALLIANCE@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK. Your help would be very much appreciated.

  • Digital Inclusion

Age UK ran their ITea & Biscuits week from 16 September and welcomed Alliance members help in running local events to help people in later life make the most from digital technology.

Events during ITea and Biscuits Week come in all shapes and sizes and help to demonstrate a variety of technology – from computers and laptops to tablets, mobile phones, digital cameras, e-Readers and more!

If you’re an Alliance member and you took part, tell us about it at

  • Excluded Older People

Tackling hate crime is one of the top priority areas for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Information on CPS policy and the support available to older victims and witnesses is available on their website here.


The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTI) has developed a new set of workshop materials to deliver the Widening Choices for Older People with High Support Needs approach.  This is evidenced in their recently commissioned research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation with Community Catalysts.

Available materials include facilitators’ notes, an outline programme for participants, task sheets, slide presentation and useful resources and links.  If you or your contacts need help delivering these workshops, NDTi has a track record in helping local organisations and national agencies to promote inclusion, combat discrimination and achieve age equality. Please contact for further information.

  • European Matters

Age UK Cheshire has highlighted a report by EU Fundamental Rights Agency: ‘Legal capacity of persons with intellectual disabilities and persons with mental health problems’

Age UK Cheshire’s CEO, Ken Clemens suggests this will be of particular interest to those aged 65+, who make the majority of those accessing local Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy (IMCA) & Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) services.

  • Valuing Older Peoples Contribution

New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) and the International Longevity Centre UK (ILC-UK) have announced the setting up of the Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector, which will be launching at the end of the year. For more information click here.

The Commission aims to encourage the voluntary and community sector to be aware of the implications of an ageing society, motivated and able to respond. It will draw together existing research, engage and consult the sector, work with voluntary organisations to develop solutions and practical initiatives, making recommendations to help the sector lead the way in adapting to an ageing population.

  • Safe, Warm Homes

Foundations has highlighted the Government’s latest Fuel Poverty report. This uses the new definition of fuel poverty and suggests a drop in the numbers classified as in fuel poverty and an increase in the affordability of heating for those defined as in fuel poverty.   

Age UK’s Charity Director Michelle Mitchell said the figures showed 30% of people in fuel poverty were over the age of 60: “That’s 720,000 households whose residents are among the most frail and susceptible to the risks posed by cold temperatures are unable to pay to keep their homes warm.  This data is further shocking evidence of the link between fuel poverty and increasing age – the ‘oldest old’ are amongst the worst affected and are often in the deepest fuel poverty.”  To read more of Age UK’s analysis, visit their website here.

  • More Safe, Warm Homes

Care and Repair England has produced its latest brochure, More than bricks and mortar’, summarising the views of older people about their homes.  Based on over 250 postcards from older people across England who were asked ‘What does ‘Home’ mean to you?’, the brochure was produced because of the high profile debates about older people, ‘under-occupation’ and the simplistic view that older people ‘ought’ to downsize.

The brochure is being used by Older People’s Action Groups and Forums across England to gain recognition of the importance of home to health, well-being and quality of life.  You can download the report here or order paper copies from Catriona Saxton:


Alliance Developments in August


  • The Alliance Secretariat have been developing plans discussed at the last Partnership Development Group on an exciting initiative to mark the second anniversary of the Alliance on 30 September – more to follow soon!

Forward Look

Alliance meetings planned for September include:

•  4th – Transport Working Group

•  9th  – Communications Group

•  17th  – Loneliness and Isolation

•  20th  – Excluded Lives

•  24th  – Safe, Warm Homes

•  26th  – Digital Inclusion.


Age Action Alliance Secretariat

August 2013






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