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Sopf newsletter 8

  1. 1. SWINDON OLDER PEOPLES FORUM (SOPF)Newsletter (Issue 8: May 2013)Hi All! At last Spring is with us (not before time!!). That also means anotherSOPF newsletter. This will be the last before late summer. As always do nothesitate to get in touch if you want any more information on any of the articlesor items of news. Again a plea, to help keep our running costs down, that ifyou are willing to receive this newsletter via e-mail then please let me know .Notes of the recent Open meeting are enclosed. Our next Open meeting, and2013 Annual General Meeting (AGM), is scheduled for Tuesday 22 October2013 commencing 2:30pm at the Broadgreen Centre.Updates• The next Open Meeting and AGM is on Tuesday 22 October 2013commencing 2:30pm at the Broadgreen Centre. The theme will be“Impacts of the recent welfare and benefit reforms”. More informationwill be available in late summer.• The Management Committee continues to focus on taking forward ourSOPF priorities for 2013 namely (i) continuing to raise awareness of howthe Forum can provide a voice for older people in Swindon ,(ii) reviewingthe transport provision options for older people across the Borough and(iii) looking at how we can combat isolation and loneliness.• On Transport, SOPF have been invited to join a Borough Council ledgroup looking at the options for local bus transport. For moreinformation, or if you have any input to make, then contact StephanieBurrows at• The South West Seniors Network (SWSN) Assembly 2013 is taking placeon 29 May at the Bristol City Academy. This meeting will include theSWSN AGM and a conference entitled “Home Alone: Tackling Exclusionamongst older people”. There will be discussions and information onwork and initiatives for digital engagement; community Transport andnutrition and well being. SOPF will be sending 2 delegates to participatein the formal sessions but anyone can attend the open sessions. If you
  2. 2. wish to attend, or obtain further information, then contact Jill Rogers atSouth West Foundation. Tel: 01761 471104 or• The Local Safeguarding Adults Service User Forum is a new group, thathas been set up to listen to people who use health and social careservices in Swindon. The main interest of the forum will be how toensure those using health and social care services can be protected fromabuse and how well people are supported when reporting abuse. Thenew Chairperson of the forum is Martin Kelly who is also a member ofthe main Local Safeguarding Adults Board so can take comments andopinions directly to the people who make decisions. If you areinterested in joining the forum you can contact Martin directly on 07870643734.• Healthwatch is a new national initiative that has replaced the LocalInvolvement Network (LINk), and aims to give people a powerful voicelocally, regionally and nationally to get the best out of health and careservices. Healthwatch Swindon is an independent organisation but it isbeing developed by Parkwood Healthcare Ltd. who have a contract fromSwindon Borough Council for this work. For more information and tosubscribe to the regular e-bulletin contact Healthwatch Swindon WatTyler House, Beckhampton Street, Swindon, SN1 2GH Tel: 01793497777• There are now 10 Swindon Health Walks at encouraging greater use of parks and open spaces. The groupwalks usually last for 40 – 60 minutes with refreshments offered at theend. For more information and to locate a walk near you• Our desire to continue to raise awareness of SOPF’s role and activitiescontinues. If you can help with publicity or would like us to attend anymeetings or groups, then let us. Any suggestions for wideningengagement and involvement of older people across the Borough arewelcome.• The SOPF website ( ) has been updated andif you have any suggestions for further improvements please e-mailthem to Carol Brownlee safetycollege@ntlworld.comOther News• Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service are doing free home fire safety visits.To arrange one call 0800 389 7849 or visit the website
  3. 3. • The Wiltshire and Swindon Bobby Van Trust aims to protect the elderly,vulnerable and disadvantaged and will offer free home securityassessments for the over 60’s For more information Tel: 01225 794652.• Community Service Volunteers (CSV) has recently produced a bookletentitled “Volunteering in retirement: new beginnings”. Visit call 0800374 991.• The Department of Work and Pensions sponsored “Ageing Well”programme has recently been evaluated and the findings aresummarised in the Ageing Well Legacy newsletter (No.2). This can beaccessed at and the links lead to awealth of information on how local authorities and their partners shouldbe relating to the older generation.• Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) are offering Free IT courses to theelderly starting 1 April 2013. VAS is a fully accredited and funded centrefor UK online. Training can be provided at VAS or at groups premisesand is free of charge. Places are limited and will be allocated on a firstcome first serve basis. Register your interest early by or calling VAS. The course can alsobe accessed at Use centre code 6169 if youwant to register and check the course before introducing it to others.• Swindon is one of the areas where Age UK run the HandyVan service.This provides an odd job service such as changing light bulbs, fittingsmoke alarms and door chains, fitting adaptations such as grab rails orsticking down a fraying carpet. In addition the HandyVan team canprovide free advice and support aimed at helping to reduce energy bills.For more information contact the local Age UK (see below), call 0845026 1055, email , or visit• A film was launched in March by Wiltshire County Council called“Wiltshire Voices” which lasts for 25 minutes and provides an insightinto 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 wecan make a difference’. The link is:• Welfare Rights Advisers have produced some useful summaries onchanges to benefits and their impact. If you would like to know morecontact Helen Thompson
  4. 4. Newsletters and organisational contactsAge UK Swindon (advice and information) Tel: 01793 687018 . Free Odd Job(HandyVan) Service Tel: 0845 026 1055 or email Action Alliance http://ageactionalliance.orgAGEnda. Newsletter of the English Forum on Ageing. Subscribe by visitinghttp://www.agenda-efa-org.ukElders Council Life Newsletter to subscribe contact Times Forum Campaign Forum Local Involvement Network (LINK). Contact Jo Osorio. Tel: 01793497777. Email: West Seniors Network. West Forum on Ageing Citizens Advice Bureau or Tel: 08444994114Swindon Health Walks To locate a walk near youvisit for All Ages http://www.unitedforallages.comWiltshire and Swindon Users Network Action Swindon http://www.vas-swindon.orgReferences and Publications- Ageing Well Legacy Strategy for Older People in Swindon 2008-2011- One Swindon Draft Delivery Plan Age UK Website Forum pages Improving Later Life. Age UK publication 2011. ISBN 978-0-9568731-1-8Dates for your diary- South West Seniors Assembly (plus South West Seniors Network AGM2013) Wed 29 May Bristol City Academy Bristol BS5 9JH. For moreinformation contact Jill Rogers at South West Foundation Tel: 01761471104 or e-mail Pensioners Parliament 2013 Tues 18 – Thurs 20 June at the WinterGardens Blackpool. Visit International Older Peoples Day 1 October 2013. More information at
  5. 5. Swindon Older Peoples Forum is currently supported and sponsored by Age UK and CommunityService Volunteers Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (CSV/RSVP)Chair Dave Brown. Tel: 01793 612037. E-mail dave.abrown@btinternet.comSecretary Carol Brownlee Tel: 01793 692636 E-mail:
  6. 6. Swindon Older Peoples Forum is currently supported and sponsored by Age UK and CommunityService Volunteers Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (CSV/RSVP)Chair Dave Brown. Tel: 01793 612037. E-mail dave.abrown@btinternet.comSecretary Carol Brownlee Tel: 01793 692636 E-mail: