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    Swindon Old Peoples Forum newsletter 9 Swindon Old Peoples Forum newsletter 9 Document Transcript

    • SWINDON OLDER PEOPLES FORUM (SOPF) Newsletter (Issue 9: September 2013) Hi All! I hope that you all had a good summer. News and developments over the past few months are summarised or reported below. As always do not hesitate to get in touch if you want any more information on any of the articles or items of news. The most important thing to relate is notification of the next SOPF Open meeting, and 2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM), on Tuesday 22 October 2013 commencing 2:45pm at the Broadgreen Centre. Our constitution demands that the AGM is the opportunity for members to recommend any proposed changes to the way we operate and to provide nominations to join the Management Committee. You are prompted about these below and need to contact the SOPF Secretary (Carol Brownlee) if you want us discuss these at the AGM. Before reading on a plea that, to help keep our running costs down, if you are willing to receive this newsletter via e-mail then please let me know . Updates Next Open Meeting and AGM. This takes place on Tuesday 22 October 2013 commencing 2:45pm at the Broadgreen Centre. Initially there will be short “business” session to accommodate the AGM. By way of this newsletter the Swindon Older Peoples Forum (SOPF) membership has received advanced notice of the date and time of the AGM and seeks members input into the following: • Whether there are any proposed changes to the SOPF Constitution (all members must have 21 days notification of any proposed changes which are then discussed and voted on at the AGM) • Whether there are any nominations to join the Management Committee. The SOPF constitution can be viewed on the SOPF Website or alternatively hard copies can be provided on request. Following the AGM, the Open Meeting will have a theme of “Issues and Concerns and Swindon’s older community: What has changed since 2004?”. This will be a round table discussion based on data and information from SOPF’s predecessor, the Older Page 1 of 6
    • Peoples Coalition, compiled in 2004, the Council’s Stategy for Older People in Swindon (2008 – 2011) and the outcomes from SOPF’s Open meetings. There are good transport links to Broadgreen, which has limited parking, but we can arrange transport for those with mobility problems (contact Carol Brownlee for more information). South West Seniors Network (SWSN): A number of members of the Management Committee attended the SWSN 2013 Assembly 2013 on 29 May at the Bristol City Academy. The meeting had a central theme of the SWSN “Home Alone: Tackling Exclusion amongst older people” and there were discussions and information on work and initiatives for digital engagement; community Transport and nutrition and well being. At the SWSN AGM that formed part of the meeting, David Brown was nominated and elected to the SWSN Management Committee. Transport, SOPF have been invited to join a Borough Council led group looking at the options for local bus transport. For more information, or if you have any input to make, then contact Stephanie Burrows at brianburrows1@virginmedia.com - Healthwatch is a new national initiative that has replaced the Local Involvement Network (LINk), and aims to give people a powerful voice locally, regionally and nationally to get the best out of health and care services. Healthwatch Swindon is an independent organisation being developed by Parkwood Healthcare Ltd. who have a contract from Swindon Borough Council for this work. For more information and to subscribe to the regular e-bulletin contact Healthwatch Swindon Wat Tyler House, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2GH Tel: 01793 497777 www.healthwatchswindon.org.uk Freeview TV and new mobile 4G services: The arrival of new 4G mobile phone services in the Swindon area may cause problems with Freeview TV services. “at800” is the organisation created to make sure UK viewers can still watch Freeview when 4G services are launched and will write to households that may be affected. Some households will also receive an at800 filter - free of charge. This connects between the TV aerial and the TV, set-top box or signal booster. In many cases, viewers will be able to connect the filters themselves but at800 will provide extra support to those aged 75 or older, registered disabled, Page 2 of 6
    • registered blind or partially sighted and those who have lived in a care home for six months or more. This includes a home visit scheme when a professional and CRB-checked engineer or volunteer will install the at800 filter free of charge. For more information call at800 on 0333 31 31 800 or visit www.at800.tv SOPF website (http://www.sopf.btck.co.uk ) This is regularly updated but if you have any suggestions for further improvements please e-mail them to Carol Brownlee safetycollege@ntlworld.com Suggested Regular Reading There are many newsletters and sources of information relevant to older people that are produced and circulated at intervals more frequent than the SOPF newsletter. For those of you who have access to the internet our recommendations for regular reading are the following: - AGEnda. Newsletter of the English Forum on Ageing. Subscribe by visiting http://www.agenda-efa.org.uk - Age Action Alliance http://ageactionalliance.org - Later Life Newsletter to subscribe contact simon.wilkinson1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk - Mature Times http://www.maturetimes.co.uk - South West Seniors Network and South West Forum on Ageing. http://www.seniorsnet.org.uk. Other News • Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are doing free home fire safety visits. To arrange one call 0800 389 7849 or visit the website www.wiltsfire.gov.uk. • The Wiltshire and Swindon Bobby Van Trust aims to protect the elderly, vulnerable and disadvantaged and will offer free home security assessments for the over 60’s For more information contact www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.ukor Tel: 01225 794652. • Community Service Volunteers (CSV) has recently produced a booklet entitled “Volunteering in retirement: new beginnings”. Visit http://www.csv.org.uk/volunteeror call 0800 374 991. Page 3 of 6
    • • The Department of Work and Pensions sponsored “Ageing Well” programme has recently been evaluated and the findings are summarised in the Ageing Well Legacy newsletter (No.2). This can be accessed at http://www.local.gov.uk/ageing-well and the links lead to a wealth of information on how local authorities and their partners should be relating to the older generation. • Age UK are running an ITea and Biscuits week from 16 September to offer people in later life the chance to learn how to make the most of digital technology and the internet. Organisations can sign up to run simple and fun taster sessions that help tackle fears about technology and introduce older people to the everyday benefits access to IT can offer. Events can 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! Age UK has a range of useful tools and resources to help you plan, promote and run your event. For more information go to www.ageuk.org.uk/itea-and-biscuits or email campaigns@ageuk.org.uk • A film was launched in March by Wiltshire County Council called “Wiltshire Voices” which lasts for 25 minutes and provides an insight into the lives, hopes and challenges faced by a range of different people. The words are their own but the issues are shared by many. Together we can make a difference’. The link is: http://truevisiontv.com/blind-audio- description • A recent factpack produced by the International Longevity Centre-UK in July 2013 provides an excellent summary of statistics on “Ageing, longevity and demographic change”. To access this go to http://www.ilcuk.org.uk • New Philanthropy Capital and the International Longevity Centre–UK (ILC-UK) have recently announced a “Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector” to provide long-term, strategic thinking about the implications of an ageing population for the voluntary sector. The Commission is funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Prudential and will draw together existing research, engage and consult the sector through a series of events, work with voluntary organisations to develop answers as to how the sector can lead the way in adapting to an ageing population, and publish a final report with recommendations for the future. Page 4 of 6
    • • Welfare Rights Advisers have produced some useful summaries on changes to benefits and their impact. If you would like to know more contact Helen Thompson H_Thompson4@sky.com Newsletters and organisational links • Age UK Swindon (advice and information) Tel: 01793 687018 . • Age Action Alliance http://ageactionalliance.org • AGEnda. Newsletter of the English Forum on Ageing. Subscribe by visiting http://www.agenda-efa.org.uk • Beth Johnson Foundation: A charity championing positive ageing http://www.bjf.org.uk • Elders Council http://elderscouncil.org.uk • Healthwatch Swindon: The local presence of a national network who exist to make sure the publics’ views on local health and social care services are heard. http://www.healthwatchswindon.org.uk • International Longevity Centre-UK. An independent, non-partisan think tank dedicated to addressing issues of longevity,ageing and population change http://www.ilcuk.org.uk • Later Life Newsletter: simon.wilkinson1@dwp.gsi.gov.uk • Mature Times http://www.maturetimes.co.uk • Pensioners Forum http://www.pensionersforum.co.uk • Pensioners Campaign Forum http://www.pensionerscampaignuk.org.uk • Swindon Local Involvement Network (LINK). Contact Jo Osorio. Tel: 01793 497777. Email: josorio@swindon.gov.uk • South West Seniors Network and South West Forum on Ageing. http://www.seniorsnet.org.uk. • Swindon Citizens Advice Bureau www.swindoncab.org.uk E-mail: advice@swindon.cabnet.org.uk or Tel: 08444994114 • Swindon Health Walks www.walkingforhealth.org.uk To locate a walk near you visit www.challengeswindon.org.uk • United for All Ages http://www.unitedforallages.com • Wiltshire and Swindon Users Network http://www.wsun.co.uk • Voluntary Action Swindon http://www.vas-swindon.org References and Publications • Ageing Well Legacy http://www.local.gov.uk/ageing-well Page 5 of 6
    • • Strategy for Older People in Swindon 2008-2011 • One Swindon Draft Delivery Plan http://www.swindonsp.org.uk/draft_del_plan_app_2_-_cab_report_-_27.5.pdf. • Age UK Website Forum pages http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get- involved/older-peoples-forums • Improving Later Life. Age UK publication 2011. ISBN 978-0-9568731-1-8 • Ageing, longevity and demographic change. A factpack of statistics from the International Longevity Centre-UK. July 2013. (http://www.ilc- uk.org.uk) Dates for your diary • International Older Peoples Day 1 October 2013. More information at http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk • Swindon Older Peoples Forum Open meeting and 2013 AGM, Tuesday 22 October 2013 (2:30 – 5:00pm) Broadgreen Centre. Meeting theme “Issues and Concerns and Swindon’s older community: What has changed since 2004?” • National Ageing Society Conference 2013 “Improving the Wellbeing and Lives of Older People”.Central London on Tuesday 24th September 2013 http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/events- details/ageing/184/#agenda Congratulations Finally I am sure you will join me in congratulating our Secretary (Carol Brownlee) who has received an award from Swindon Borough Council in recognition of the voluntary work she carries out within her local community. Swindon Older Peoples Forum is currently supported and sponsored by Age UK and Community Service Volunteers Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (CSV/RSVP) Chair Dave Brown. Tel: 01793 612037. E-mail dave.abrown@btinternet.com Secretary Carol Brownlee Tel: 01793 692636 E-mail: safetycollege@hotmail.co.uk SOPF Website (http://www.sopf.btck.co.uk ) Page 6 of 6
    • • Strategy for Older People in Swindon 2008-2011 • One Swindon Draft Delivery Plan http://www.swindonsp.org.uk/draft_del_plan_app_2_-_cab_report_-_27.5.pdf. • Age UK Website Forum pages http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get- involved/older-peoples-forums • Improving Later Life. Age UK publication 2011. ISBN 978-0-9568731-1-8 • Ageing, longevity and demographic change. A factpack of statistics from the International Longevity Centre-UK. July 2013. (http://www.ilc- uk.org.uk) Dates for your diary • International Older Peoples Day 1 October 2013. More information at http://olderpeoplesday.co.uk • Swindon Older Peoples Forum Open meeting and 2013 AGM, Tuesday 22 October 2013 (2:30 – 5:00pm) Broadgreen Centre. Meeting theme “Issues and Concerns and Swindon’s older community: What has changed since 2004?” • National Ageing Society Conference 2013 “Improving the Wellbeing and Lives of Older People”.Central London on Tuesday 24th September 2013 http://www.insidegovernment.co.uk/events- details/ageing/184/#agenda Congratulations Finally I am sure you will join me in congratulating our Secretary (Carol Brownlee) who has received an award from Swindon Borough Council in recognition of the voluntary work she carries out within her local community. Swindon Older Peoples Forum is currently supported and sponsored by Age UK and Community Service Volunteers Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (CSV/RSVP) Chair Dave Brown. Tel: 01793 612037. E-mail dave.abrown@btinternet.com Secretary Carol Brownlee Tel: 01793 692636 E-mail: safetycollege@hotmail.co.uk SOPF Website (http://www.sopf.btck.co.uk ) Page 6 of 6