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Dear all

It has been some time since we held a meeting of the NW Age Action Alliance. I apologise for this. As Co-ordinator I had hoped to arrange a meeting this year, but as I am now retired I co-ordinate the NW AAA on a voluntary basis. This year caring responsibilities had to take precedence, and so it has been difficult to arrange for us to get together.

Discussions have now taken place as to the best way to proceed. Simon Wilkinson from DWP and myself have met with Conal Devitt from Sefton CVS, to discuss how we could link to the work that Conal will be doing on Asset Based Community Development. We came to the conclusion that the NW AAA should concentrate on one issue at a time.

Our first topic will be to look at the issues confronting people in employment who also have caring responsibilities. I know from my own experience that this can be a heavy load to bear. We intend to develop this idea further and come back to you in the New Year with some more thoughts.

I realise that this will not be a subject relevant to all members, so if you would like to suggest further topics for successive meetings then that would be very welcome.

Once again apologies for the long absence. I look forward to seeing you all in 2016.

Kind Regards

Viv Gee

North West Age Action Alliance Co-ordinator

&

Chair of the Age Action Alliance European Matters Group

vivgee20@gmail.com

Mobile – 07849189038

 

A Message from the Chair

Viv Gee Co-ordinator North West Age Action Alliance

Viv Gee Co-ordinator North West Age Action Alliance

We would love to hear from you – if you are a NW organisation who has joined or is considering joining the Age Action Alliance, and would like to get involved locally to improve the lives of older people, do contact us either through the website, or direct to Viv Gee: vivgee20@gmail.com

 

Viv Gee, previously Head of 5050vision in the region, is acting as coordinator for the group.

 

 

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It was recognised that a relatively high number of Age Action Alliance member organisations were sited in the North West. Given that many of the Alliance Working Groups met in London, it was felt that meeting locally would enable “smaller” members to play a part by contributing on a more localised basis, to practical projects closer to home, addressing specific issues that affect older people.

Following the first meeting, with 16 member organisations attending, members confirmed that it would like:

  • to add value through a NW grouping of Alliance members
  • to network, face to face on occasion, with specific themes in mind
  • to take forward specific working groups relevant to the NW

The NW Alliance was officially launched at the joint 5050vision / Future North West conference Staying Connected 2 on 31st October 2012

At the same time, Future North West, the regional forum on ageing, had identified a number of broad themes that older people in the region had said are important to them.

Future North West is one of nine English Forums on Ageing, and acts as a conduit between older people’s groups in their region and Government – national and local. Made up primarily of lay members, Future North West also works with service providers, health, transport and local authority bodies in our regions. Particular themes identified by the forum as its priorities are:

  • Housing
  • Transport
  • Social Care
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Loneliness & Isolation.