Tag Archives: Elderly

Making it Real

Shropshire Adult Social Care, Local Account 2018-2019

Each year, Shropshire Council produce a magazine about social care. This edition has true stories from real life people about what’s worked for them and what hasn’t. You will also find information on prevention, fraud, carers and a lot more. Download your copy at the link below.

Download a copy of Making it Real here:  local-account-2019

Sunflower Lanyard

Delayed start to Sunflower Lanyards coming to Sainsbury’s Stores

Unfortunately there will be a delay in Sunflower Lanyards scheme coming to all Sainsbury’s stores this August. Please watch this space as we will bring you updated information. We appreciate Sandra, Community Champion from the store at Telford Forge Retail Park for informing us about this great initiative.

So what is this scheme about? It is a scheme to enhance the shopping experience of people with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 

Staff will be happy to provide extra support such as opening a new checkout lane, assisting with finding shopping items or simply giving them more time at the checkout. Lanyards will be available to collect for free and are for each customer to keep so they can wear it every time they come into store. 

Sainsbury’s are the first supermarket to test the initiative, following Gatwick Airport’s successful launch, in which over 10,000 lanyards had been collected up to March 2019. By using the same sunflower lanyards as Gatwick Airport, Sainsbury’s nationally is rolling it out across all their stores this August and hope to encourage other retailers to follow suit, meaning customers have the option to wear their lanyard in shops across the UK, in the knowledge that store colleagues will recognise what it stands for. 

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Functional Fitness MOT and Falls Prevention event

Start Date:
29th August 2019

End Date:
29th August 2019

Start Time:
0900

End Time:
1700

Event title: Functional Fitness MOT and Falls Prevention event
Venue: Much Wenlock Leisure Centre, William Brookes School, TF13 6NB
Name: Shropshire RCC Wise and Well Team
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 360641
Event description: f you are between 65 and 95, you may be at risk of falling.

Our free Functional Fitness MOTs will test your strength and balance, with a variety of tasks to measure your exercise performance. Each test comes with a set of “normal values” for people of different ages, which will show you whether you are “doing well” compared to your peers, or whether you could benefit from being more active.

There will be a short film and talk on reducing the risk of falling and a demonstration of how to get up from the floor.
There will also be a free Taster gentle exercise class.

Booking your 2.5 hour appointments is essential. Appointments are available between 09.30 am and 4.30 pm.

To book, please contact Shropshire RCC’s Wise and Well Team on 01743 360641.

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BBC’s Licence Plans for over 75′s simply won’t work!

 “BBC’s Licence Plans for over 75′s simply won’t work” says Age UK. In a recent press release, they are asking people to contact them if they are worried about money and/or they think they may be entitled to claim Pension Credit. 

To read Age UK recent press release click here: Age UK TV Licence over 75s

If you think you may be entitled to claim Pension Credit please call Age UK advice line on Freephone 0800 169 65 65, or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/money or contacting your local Age UK for free information and advice. You can find details for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin here: https://shropshiredisability.net/age-concern-shropshire-telford-wrekin/

Age UK Petition to bring change and reinstate the Free TV Licence for people aged 75 and over:

  • To date, over 600,000 of all ages have signed Age UK’s petition to save free TV licences for the over-75s, showing mounting support for the continuation of this important social welfare policy. Check here for the latest figure: www.ageuk.org.uk/tvpetition

 The Charity is also urging older people, their friends, neighbours, families and grandchildren to support its petition on social media using #SwitchedOff.

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Functional Fitness MOT and Falls Prevention -Church Stretton

Start Date:
20th August 2019

End Date:
20th August 2019

Start Time:
0900

End Time:
1700

Event title: Functional Fitness MOT and Falls Prevention -Church Stretton
Venue: Sylvester Horne Institute, Church Stretton SY6 6BY
Name: Shropshire RCC Wise and Well Team
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 360641
Event description: If you are between 65 and 95, you may be at risk of falling. Are you feeling less steady on your feet? Measure your strength, balance and endurance against “normal” for your age, and find out how to stay upright and active.

Our free Functional Fitness MOTs will test your strength and balance, with a variety of tests to measure your exercise performance.

Each test comes with a set of “normal values” for people of different ages, which will show you whether you are “doing well” compared to your peers, or .whether you could benefit from being more active.

Appointments are for 2 1/2 hours/ Book times between 9.00 am and 4.30 pm.

To book, please contact Shropshire RCC’s Wise and Well Team on 01743 360641.

Sunflower Lanyard

Sunflower Lanyards come to all Sainsbury’s Stores this August

Sunflower Lanyards scheme will be available at all Sainsbury’s stores this August. We appreciate Sandra, Community Champion from the store at Telford Forge Retail Park for informing us about this great initiative.

So what is this scheme about? It is a scheme to enhance the shopping experience of people with hidden disabilities. The initiative will offer shoppers the option to pick up a lanyard, which has been purposely designed to act as a discreet sign for store colleagues to recognise they may need to provide a customer with additional support when in store. 

Staff will be happy to provide extra support such as opening a new checkout lane, assisting with finding shopping items or simply giving them more time at the checkout. Lanyards will be available to collect for free and are for each customer to keep so they can wear it every time they come into store. 

Sainsbury’s are the first supermarket to test the initiative, following Gatwick Airport’s successful launch, in which over 10,000 lanyards had been collected up to March 2019. By using the same sunflower lanyards as Gatwick Airport, Sainsbury’s nationally is rolling it out across all their stores this August and hope to encourage other retailers to follow suit, meaning customers have the option to wear their lanyard in shops across the UK, in the knowledge that store colleagues will recognise what it stands for. 

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Singing for Memories

Start Date:
19th July 2019

End Date:
19th July 2019

Start Time:
1400

End Time:
1500

Event title: Singing for Memories
Venue: Gobowen Central Library, St Martin’s Road.Gobowen, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 3NP
Name: Gobowen Central Library
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 255031
Event description: Gobowen Library have their one hour informal singing session today so people can go along and sing their favourite songs from the 50s, 60s and 70s. No need to book. There is no entry fee for this event. 

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The Sounding Board

Start Date:
18th July 2019

End Date:
18th July 2019

Start Time:
1000

End Time:
1200

Event title: The Sounding Board
Venue: University Centre, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8HQ
Name: Age UK Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01743 233123
Event description: Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are looking for people to share their views to help them create a better future for older people. They invite you to join them on Thursday 18th July at University Centre, Guildhall, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 8HQ from 10 am-12 noon to share ideas.

For further information please contact Angela on 01743 233123 or email [email protected] for further information.

Click here for flyer: Sounding Board A4 FINAL

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Polling Station Review-Telford and Wrekin

Start Date:
1st July 2019

End Date:
31st July 2019

Start Time:
00.01

End Time:
23.59

Voting for your local and national representatives in Government is an essential part of involvement in society. Every Council has to periodically review the suitability and consider how accessible Polling Stations are to people with specific needs. Whilst doing this they should take into account  any comments or complaints received about the facilities.

Telford and Wrekin  Council has the responsibility for organising elections locally and has 77 locations across the Borough known as Polling Stations. These can be seen on this interactive map.

They have launched a review of all 77 of our Polling stations and are welcoming comments on all of them. However there are a number of polling areas where Telford and Wrekin Council are particularly considering changes:

1. Current Polling station: Lawley Village Primary Academy, Lawley

Proposal: to locate alternative Polling station due to parental complaints regarding school closure on election days. Only identified potential location is Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Lawley. (See this document Returning_Officer_s_Proposal )

2. Current Polling station: Ketley Bank Community Centre, Main Road, Ketley Bank

Proposal to relocate polling station to Queenswood Primary School, Yates Way, Ketley Bank, Telford TF2 0AZ due to future disposal of Ketley Bank Community Centre.

3. Current Polling station: St Patricks Catholic Primary School, North Road, Wellington

Proposal to relocate polling station from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, North Road, Wellington to Wellington Children’s Centre, North Road, Wellington, TF1 3ES

4. Current Polling station: The Red Lion Annex, Holyhead Road, Wellington

Proposals to relocate to Sir John Bayley Club, Haygate Road, Wellington as previous polling station has more complex access requirements and the facilities require maintenance that is not scheduled to take place.

You can find out more about the review and how to respond by visiting our Polling station review webpage.  The review closes on 30 July so please it is important you submit comments quickly.

For information about how elections are organised, the results of recent European, national, local government, and town and parish council elections please visit www.telford.gov.uk/elections

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Care in Crisis-Who Cares?

You may have seen the recent BBC Panorama programme on social care; ‘Crisis in Care – who cares?’. It was a heart-breaking watch perfectly shining a light on our failing care system.

Somerset council allowed the BBC’s cameras into their area to show the devastating impact of years of budget cuts and the extent to which balancing their books impacts the daily lives of the most vulnerable older people in our society.

The huge strains on services affects people like Rachel and her mum who lives with dementia. Featured as a story in the programme, Rachel relied on a local day centre for support but in the last round of cuts they didn’t get a decent replacement and now they struggle without vital respite. Families are having to fight tooth and nail to get what they are entitled to.
 
The prospect of the promised social care green paper ever being delivered is looking more and more unlikely as time goes by. For over two years now we’ve been promised action and seen nothing to back that up

To watch the short Age UK video “Why call it care when nobody carers? click this link: https://youtu.be/jBck4ZjwefE

Earlier last year we (Age UK) showed heart-breaking stories of people from across the country who are in similar situations to Michael, Barbara, Rachel and her mother. We ask you to please share this on social media to help our call for Government action. They need to know that this issue really matters to thousands of us.

We have an ageing population and it is time to get real. More and more of us will need support when we grow older. It is time the Government and our next Prime Minister, tackled this problem head on.

Age UK Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, on behalf of Age UK have requested we share the above article and video link. If you have any comments taht you would like to make to Age UK, please comment on Age UK website www.ageuk.org.uk/campaigns or use Twitter @ageukcampaigns