Monthly Highlights – July 2013
The Alliance now has 1294 followers on Twitter and the number of organisations who have now joined us as Alliance Members is 400. New 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
- Catch21 Productions
- College of Optometrists
- eMeritus ICT
- 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
- St Anns Advice Centre
- Trading Times
- Young At Heart Show
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
- Alliance member PayingforCare sought fellow member’s assistance to help care self-funders access information and advice. See more information on their request here.
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
- Alliance member International Longevity Centre UK has recently published a report on Ageing, longevity and demographic change: To download a copy of the Report which is packed full of facts and figures, click here.
- 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.
- Age UK has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities faced by older people living in rural communities in England. The campaign is calling for all levels of government to take steps to make the whole country a place where older people can thrive. To read the report and find out more about the campaign, visit the website here.
- 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