May 2013

Welcome to this month’s highlights from the Age Action Alliance

Alliance  Membership Latest

The Alliance now has 1,032 followers on Twitter and the number of organisations who have now joined us as Alliance Members is 351.            New members this month include:


  • Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin
  • Active Life for a Healthier You
  • Sheltered Housing UK
  • Wavelength
  • Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau
  • The Malnutrition Task Force
  • Creative Dance 60+
  • Relative Matters
  • The Silver Line
  • Passenger Focus
  • Age UK Kensington & Chelsea


  • New Alliance website goes live!

After much designing, developing, user testing and populating, we’re delighted to have gone website with the new Alliance website on 23 May.  We’ve had some really positive feedback and want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped us and to Age UK and Age UK Camden for enabling us to involve older people in the development and testing of the new site.  We look forward to hearing about your success stories; information and opportunities for action for the member news updates; we want to hear your latest thinking for the blog and to include your photos and stories to reflect the diversity of our members.  All ideas welcome!  Please contact the Secretariat.


  • Launch of Healthy Workplaces group Employer Resource Toolkit

On 23 May, to coincide with the new website going live, the Alliance working group on Healthy Workplaces launched a new Employer Resource Guide.  Hosted by the Association of British Insurers, this breakfast launch brought together organisations who partnered in its production and those it seeks to influence.  The event was chaired by Denise Keating, Chair of the Alliance Healthy Workplaces group.  Dame Carol Black gave an excellent keynote speech on health at work and the ageing workforce.  Paul Wood from Morrisons and Janet Davies of Women’s Pioneer Housing gave interesting presentations from the employer’s perspective.


  • Download your copy of the Healthy & Productive Workers Leaflet for small and medium employers, drawn from a comprehensive Employer Business Case supported by an on-line Resources Pack providing employers with practical solutions for managing a healthy productive ageing workforce.  The group would be grateful for members’ help in promoting these to employers nationally, locally and by business sector.


  • Spotlight      on Alliance Members’ Matters


  • New Funding Opportunity: The Department for Communities and Local Government has confirmed continued funding for EAC and FirstStop, the national housing and care advice and information service for older people, and is making additional money available to fund around 15 new local partnership housing options services to employ a full time housing options adviser and promote awareness about later life housing & care amongst older people and professionals in their area. Care & Repair England is managing this new partnership programme, including running the grant application process and involving Foundations and AgeUK.  Funding for the local partnerships programme will run from 1st October 2013  to 31 March 2015.


Applications Deadline – 12.00 midday on 4th June. Click here to access the funding guidance, and click here to access the grant application form


  • Bring it Back – Alliance member The Dairy Council’s campaign to increase awareness of malnutrition in the elderly is here! Despite the concentration on obesity, malnutrition is common particularly in the older person and can have important clinical consequences such as increased infections and longer and more frequent hospital admissions, but also negative quality of life and social consequences. It is important that we all recognise and respond to signs of our elderly at risk from malnutrition and do something to help. For example simple food ideas using dairy may help. Find out more from the Bring it Back section of their website plus order free leaflets and postcards.


  • New Alliance member The Malnutrition Task Force has published a series of guides on implementing good nutrition and hydration care for older people in hospitals, care homes and in the community.  With more than a million older people suffering from malnutrition, the release of these guides are very timely. Whilst there is good practice in many organisations, there are still significant barriers in others, as demonstrated in the recently published findings from the CQC Dignity and Nutrition Inspections, hospital inpatients and adult social care survey.   Together, with a wide range of stakeholders, The Malnutrition Task Force has identified many excellent examples of practice and existing guides, tools and resources that are readily available. From these they have drawn  from the  principles  of  best practice and developed a framework to support local health communities and organisations to take action and make the changes needed.

             Further information about the Malnutrition Task Force and the Best Practice Implementation Guides can be accessed from the website:


  • An invitation to retired men (aged 65 and over) who live alone to take part in a Queen Mary University of London life history interview project; ‘Home Life for Retired Men who Live Alone in London’. Volunteers will be interviewed at home about their life history, their memories of the places they have live in either in the UK and/or overseas and about their current home life. For full details contact: Eilidh Reid, / Tel: 07851 377136


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