July 2013

Monthly Highlights – July 2013

Latest Members

The Alliance now has 1294 followers on Twitter and the number of organisations who have now joined us as Alliance Members is 400New members this month include:

  • Age UK Exeter
  • Age UK South Lakeland
  • Age UK Wakefield District
  • Arthritis Care Scotland
  • At Home With IT
  • Bristol City Council
  • Bristol Older Peoples Forum
  • Care4Care
  • Catch21 Productions
  • College of Optometrists
  • eMeritus ICT
  • Fabrica
  • Fit over Fifty
  • for you by you
  • Home Touch
  • League of Friends of Gosport War Memorial Hospital
  • Lipoedema UK
  • London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • London Borough of Ealing
  • Lovejoy Dementia Friendly products and Services
  • North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottingham University
  • Older Mens Network
  • Retiremove
  • Rightpath2care
  • St Anns Advice Centre
  • Trading Times
  • Young At Heart Show
  • AbilityNet

Opportunities for Action

  • Alliance      member Action for Blind People is developing its partnership with blind and      partially sighted people to ensure their involvement in all aspects of the      organisations’ work. They are looking to learn and share ideas with other      organisations embarking on same initiative. An aspect of this work is also      ensuring that older people have an equal opportunity to contribute is      looking to address access issues potentially affecting some older people      such as isolation, digital inclusion and mental health. They welcome      contact from any members who could help or work with to ensure engagement      methods are as inclusive as they can be.


  • The      recently re-launched National      Database of Ageing Research which has been developed by the Centre for Policy on Ageing      The database covers a wide range of topics including workplace      conditions, pensions, social care, carers and caring, retirement,      dementia, health care, quality of life, and residential care. Members were      invited to share research on ageing


  • The      Alliance Transport      Working Group is currently compiling Good Practice in the design      of Bus Shelters. Members invited to submit examples of good and bad bus      shelters in relation to how they impact older people. Ideally the Group we      would like a photograph of the shelter with a brief note giving location      and what makes it good (or bad) for older people




Information update – Selected highlights


  • Alliance      Member the Beth Johnson Foundation has      recently launched a new report that looks at a “Life course approach to      promoting positive ageing’ To download a copy of the report visit their website



  • On      3rd      July Alliance member Calouste      Gulbenkian Foundation (UK) launched www.intergenerationall.org – a      learning resource to share the results of the IntergenerationAll programme      which supported 18 pilot projects in the UK and Portugal bringing the generations      together around shared interests.



  • Public      Health England recently published the      Heatwave Plan – its purpose is to protect the population from heat-related      harm to health. It aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the      major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in      England.  Find      out more by clicking here.


  • Alliance      member the Royal      Voluntary Service recently launched ‘Shaping our age’, a three      year research and development project funded by the Big Lottery Fund. To      download a copy of the Report that examines the route to twenty-first      century well-being, visit      their website here.
  • The      Department for Work and Pensions has produced a toolkit of      communication materials to help to tell the DWP reform story. This toolkit      explains the context behind the reforms and provides an overview of all      the changes that DWP will be delivering over the next few years. To      download the toolkit visit  http://www.dwp.gov.uk/adviser/updates/dwp-reform-toolkit/


Alliance Developments in July


  • The Communication’s Group and the Partnership Board      met, the latter deciding to change their name to the Partnership      Development Group and decide plans to mark the second anniversary of the      Alliance on 30 September – more to follow!


Age Action Alliance Secretariat

July 2013






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