Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 _______________________________________________ The aim of this network is to share information among professionals, practitioners and interested persons in all matters relating to older people, whether in the health care, social care, public sector or voluntary sector arenas. We seek to provide information on a fortnightly basis, examples include: policy, practice, research, events, publications and funding. _________________________________________________ IN THIS EDITION: EVENTS: Silver Surfers’ Day 15th May 2009 – New SSD site is born: free learning guides and more Help The Aged – Get on Board for National Falls Awareness Day in June PUBLICATIONS: Help The Aged – Future Communities Report on the HtA website INFORMATION: NIACE - BT Community Connections: BT Community Connections award scheme. Homeshare International – Homeshare is a simple but brilliant idea – it is the exchange of housing for help in the home NESTA Public Services Innovation Summit – Report Dignified Revolution – News Update March 2009 Research - A Master Student at Ultrect University in Germany is looking to carry out interviews with elderly women on how they construct their indentity within daily mobility paths and is looking for volunteers A Grundtvig course “Manager for virtual learning in the field of voluntary work in Europe” Help the Aged Scotland & Age Concern Scotland – Merge EMPLOYMENT AT Employment Opportunity – Project Manager – National Forum on COPA, QMU: Ageing Futures Group 1. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 3. Know someone who's looking for an SSD EVENTS: Event to attend? From the beginning of May, they can ring SILVER SURFER’s DAY 15th May National Learning Helpline on Freephone 0800 2009 100 900 to look for Events by post code. To make sure there will be an event locally, anyone can 1. New SSD site is born: free learning guides and lobby their local school, library, Age Concern, more community centre, lunch club, Ukonline Centre to lay on a taster event. Offer to help, with anything We hope you are planning to run a Silver Surfers' from publicity, to teas, if you can. The best thing Day IT taster event on or around May 15th!. It's you can do is direct them here: simply a way for the whole of the UK to get www.silversurfers.digitalunite.com . involved in offering a good, first-time 'taster' experience of online life to people over 50. ____________________________________ Whether or not you're planning to run an SSD event, there's something for you on our new website. www.digitalunite.com : - Hit the Learning Zone tab, for our 60 or so Get On Board for National Falls Awareness legendary, easy-read, jargon-free, mini-guides, Day in June for IT beginners and improvers. Also, there's an opportunity to ask and answer IT questions: National Falls Awareness Day (NFAD) 2009 www.learning.digitalunite.com takes place on Tuesday 23rd June. This year the theme for the day is ‘Get on Board’ and will draw - Browse Silver Surfers for all the know-how you'll attention to the issue of falls on buses. Help the need to plan a taster event: Aged want to work with bus companies to raise www.silversurfers.digitalunite.com . awareness of the needs of older passengers to improve their safety when travelling on a bus. To - Browse DNC (Does Not Compute) blog to support this work they are currently putting exchange information on topics such as Free together research on the subject for use on the Laptop and Broadband Offer, Grannies for You day. Tube and Schools for Silver Surfers: http://dnc.digitalunite.com/ . National Falls Awareness Day was set up by Help the Aged in 2005 to raise awareness of the risk of falling as we age and to promote prevention 2. Do you need professional IT volunteers to help methods that can reduce this risk. Every year you? since then, hundreds of event holders have been running activities on this day to encourage There are still some free 'DU' registrations thousands of older people throughout the UK and available with UK-wide organisation, IT4 abroad to get active in later life. Communities. If you register and mention SSD, and you are holding an SSD event, you could get If you have had a fall on a bus and would like to free access to volunteer professionals. Move share your experience with Help the Aged quickly! http://freevolunteers.notlong.com researchers, please complete the questionnaire enclosed. You can return either via email or post at the following addresses: By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 Key Dates By post to: Amy Burchel Round One Policy and External Relations Division • Applications will be accepted from 17 March Help the Aged 2009 FREEPOST LON18932 • Postal applications must be received by 9 June LONDON 2009 N1 9BR • Online applications must be submitted by 11 June 2009 To share your experience please complete the • Winners will be announced the week Questionnaire in the attached word document commencing 10 August 2009 Round Two • Applications will be accepted from 17 September 2009 • Postal applications must be received by 5 January 20010 • Online applications must be submitted by 7 PUBLICATIONS: January 2010 • Winners will be announced the week commencing 8 March 2010 HELP THE AGED - Future Communities Report is available on the http://www.btcommunityconnections.com/ HtA web site. The report is available on our policy website at: http://policy.helptheaged.org.uk/_policy/default.ht m HOMESHARE INTERNATIONAL - INFORMATION: BT COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS BT Community Connections is an award scheme which enables community and charitable Homesharing is a simple idea. A householder organisations to get online and make use of offers accommodation to a homesharer in information and communications technology exchange for an agreed level of support.The (ICT). support needed may be help with the household tasks, or it may be financial support, or a Organisations, working in any field of community combination of both. Homeshare is essentially an benefit, located throughout the UK or ROI can exchange that recognises that two people have apply for a laptop and a year's free broadband needs and something to offer. connection. There are more than 1,000 award packages available to groups who can Find out more about Homeshare around the demonstrate how an award will benefit their work world from the new look website. and the local community. http://homeshare.org/welcome.aspx 3. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 This site will be of interest to: Attached is a poster summarising some of the key themes which emerged from the event. You’ll agencies already running homeshare see it contains some blanks – we’d like to hear programmes your views on the drivers of radical innovation people who want to set up a programme that we might have overlooked. This will inform a people who are looking for free or low- short report of the event and shape our proposals cost accommodation to capitalise on momentum created by the Summit. people willing to share their homes in exchange for help PDF of Summit Poster attached people interested in inter-generational programmes those interested in new ways of keeping older people independent policy makers and academics who wish to keep abreast of innovative programmes A DIGNIFIED REVOLUTION - Elizabeth Mills OBE Hon Director Homeshare International 11 Divinity Road, Oxford, OX4 1LH United Kingdom Alone we can do so little; together we achieve so Telephone: +44 1865 699190 (messages only) much! NEWS UPDATE: MARCH 2009 NESTA PUBLIC SERVICES INNOVATION SUMMIT Welcome to the March news update. As ever, there is much information and news to report and comments, suggestions and enquiries are At NESTA’s Public Services Innovation Summit welcome If you have any information that you earlier in March, 110 of us put our minds to would like to share with others please let addressing the big social and economic Dignified Revolution know. challenges facing the UK and, in that context, began to consider the future of our public Join the mailing list services. If you would like to guarantee a regular monthly copy of the mailing send your details to To help build on that debate, we’ve created a email@example.com website containing videos and resources from the discussion groups, key points from feedback Or contact: sessions and speeches, as well as the NESTA report The Innovation Imperative and the Lab A Dignified Revolution, Britannia House, High Prospectus, published on the day. Street, Cowbridge, CF71 7AD http://www.innovationartsevents.com/nestalab/ Username: pssummit Password: Nesta09 4. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 FORTHCOMING EVENTS Perceptive Professionals Embedding Dignity MANAGER FOR VIRTUAL and Respect in a Care Environment LEARNING - Monday 22 June, RNIB Cymru, Cardiff Grundtvig course "Manager for virtual learning Tuesday, 23 June, 2009, Talardy Hotel, St Asaph in the field of voluntary work in Europe" (MVL) will The workshop is focused on fine tuning take place in the fall 2009. The course will consist communication and listening skills to enrich of a three week online preparatory phase relationships between patients/clients, relatives ("Technical basis for virtual learning"), one week and carers and colleagues. If you would like residential course in Ulm/Germany from further information about these events please November 23rd to 27th, 2009 a and two week email firstname.lastname@example.org online follow-up phase. The course will deal with practical and theoretical RESEARCH issues of ICT in relation to voluntary work, leading to the development of concepts and ideas for A Master Student at Ultrect University is looking virtual learning with focus on seniors' exchange to carry out interviews with elderly women on how on national and international level. they construct their indentity within daily mobility paths and is looking for volunteers The course aims at facilitators from the fields of further education and voluntary work. If you would like to participate, or for information, please contact: A leaflet about the course with further information will be available in the near future. Marthe Stiansen Information about the course is in the Grundtvig c/o Prof. Dr. Martin Dijst Utrecht University database (http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/) Faculty of Geosciences P.O. box 80115 under the number DE-2009-902-001. You can 3508 TC Utrecht apply for a scholarship for this course at your The Netherlands National Agency. Please inform yourself as soon E-mail: email@example.com as possible at your National Agency and apply before the 30th of April ! Phone: (UK) +44 (0) 7503968814 or (NL ) +31 626655399 or Ralph Schneider, ralph More information about More information on the project is in the attached Ulm: http://www.ulm.de/start.3080.htm . In Ulm PDF you will also have the opportunity to visit the famous Ulm Cathedral with the highest spire in the world and the Christmas Market that draws tourists from all of Europe. If you have any questions please contact: Monika Schmid, monika.schmid@uni- COPA bears no responsibility for this project. firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers will be provided full details by the researcher 5. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: PROJECT MANAGER – NATIONAL FORUM ON AGEING FUTURES GROUP RBS COPA, QUEEN MARGARET As many of you will know, Help the Aged UNIVERSITY, EDINBURGH Scotland and Age Concern Scotland have merged as of 1 April 2009 and the Help the Aged This new post will be key in stimulating, team will move over to the current ACS offices in encouraging and producing new ideas on ageing Causwayside. policy, planning and practice across all sectors to the benefit of Scottish Government through Age Concern national bodies and Help the Aged innovative and imaginative policy formation and are merging together all over the UK and an planning. It will take a uniquely Scottish approach announcement will be made later in the year as to to ageing that is positive and addresses particular what the new merged charity will be called. Until issues in Scotland. Reporting into the National then in Scotland, they will be operating under the Forum on Ageing Futures Group the post holder joint name of: will respond proactively to ageing issues as they arise and the solutions created will have come Age Concern and Help the Aged in Scotland primarily from older people themselves. Thoughout the month of April, there will be joint Based in the RBS Centre for the Older Person’s press releases and a briefing note to friends and Agenda at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh supporters. This is a momentous move for Age the post holder will be responsible for Concern and Help the Aged. In uniting, they are consultation and communication between older combining over 100 years of experience working people, the National Forum on Ageing Futures with and for older people in the UK and overseas Group and the Scottish Government to assist with and together, that expertise will be put to work for policy development. older people in the difficult circumstances of the current world. For further information about this employment opportunity, please click on the link below and There will be a brief hiatus while Help the Aged type in the word “Project Manager” as the job title: transfer their IT systems, files and folders over to the new offices at: https://webrecruit.qmu.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruit ment/webrecruitment.urd/TRC001SW Age Concern and Help the Aged in Scotland Causewayside House Or contact HR, Queen Margaret University, 160 Causewayside Street Edinburgh – Tel: 0131 474 0000 for an application Edinburgh, EH9 1PR pack, quoting reference PRPA011B. Tel 0845 833 9301 CLOSING DATE: WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL 2009 6. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 This Bulletin is produced on behalf of RBS COPA, a sponsored partnership between The Royal Bank of Scotland and ______________________________________ RBS COPA TEAM For more information about COPA, please link to: www.qmu.ac.uk/copa Or contact: COPA Centre Administrator RBS Centre for the Older Person’s Agenda Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Musselburgh EH21 6UU Tel: 0131 474 0000 Email: email@example.com 7. Bulletin Issue No. 106 – 6th April 2009 Caroline Donaldson, Julie Ferguson, Yvonne Coull, (Director), Elaine Marshall, Janice Burr The team at the Centre for the Older Person’s Agenda (COPA) is HUB committed to involvement and participation of older people in the activities of COPA and more widely with issues related to older NETWORK people. This has led to the development of a HUB. 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