Welcome to our first Patron

Here at  BJF we are delighted to announce that we have our first Patron joining us in March. Many of you will be familiar with Joan Walley, a well-known ex local counsellor who has lived in Stoke on Trent for all of her life. We all feel very privileged and proud that Joan ... Read more

Online Health, Wellbeing & Self-Management Workshops -Arthritis

Our Healthy Generations Team are working  in partnership with the Patient Information Education and Resource Centre (PIER) at Haywood Hospital.  From March 2021, FREE Zoom workshops about self-managing a range of conditions (including online resources) will be available for people aged 50+. ... Read more

Vera Ivers and our Foundation

We are saddened to hear about the death of our former CEO, Vera Ivers. One of the pioneers of Citizen Advocacy, publishing a book, Citizen Advocacy in action; Working with Older People: A Directory of People Interested in Intergenerational Approaches (2003).  Following this the need for Dementia Advocacy was identified, which began as a project at BJF in 1998 and remains one of our main projects today. Our condolences go to Vera’s family and we are proud that Vera was a part of our Foundation, which remains one of her legacies. ... Read more

Invite to Developing Intergenerational Communities

Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities, which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities. Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them. (Beth Johnson Foundation, April 2001) ... Read more

R.I.P. Captain Tom

So sad to hear about the death of Captain Tom. A true gentleman; an inspiration; his legacy will stay with us all forever. Out thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Goodnight Captain Tom, rest peacefully. ... Read more

Bereavement Help Points Project Update

Although funding for the current phase of the Bereavement Help Points project comes to an end on 31st January 2021, we are pleased to announce that we are now working on developing the next exciting stage of this community project which we hope to be able to share with you in the coming months. In the meantime, although we will not be able to offer one to one befriending calls, we will be continuing to support the weekly Bereavement Help Points online group which meets every Wednesday at 2pm for the next 3 months. ... Read more

Winter Newsletter 2020

Our newsletters are seasonal and we hope to bring you news and highlights about our projects, volunteers and the people we help on a daily basis. During 2020 and the ongoing pandemic to say it has been challenging is an understatement as most of our work is around engaging with individuals on a face to face basis. However we have tried to overcome this and through the newsletter you will that we have been very busy.  ... Read more

Dementia Advocacy Blogs & Films!

The Dementia Advocacy Project currently covers Stoke and North Staffs offering a free service to people aged 50 plus with a diagnosis of dementia or awaiting their diagnosis who have an issue. Issues are varied and often complex, examples of issues include all types of abuse, accommodation, family dynamics, challenging providers and many more. ... Read more

Bereavement Help Points Update

Christmas can be a very difficult time for anyone who has been bereaved and this year’s restrictions may make it even harder, particularly for older people who are more likely to live alone with fewer social connections.  To offer extra support, the Beth Johnson Foundation Bereavement Help Point meetings will continue to run over the Christmas period. ... Read more

New Healthy Generations and Arthritis Action Free Zoom Workshops

New Healthy Generations and Arthritis Action Free Zoom Workshops   The Beth Johnson Foundation are working in partnership with Arthritis Action to offer practical help and support for people aged 50+ living with arthritis.    If you live in North Staffordshire and have access to the internet via a smartphone, computer or tablet, we can help!  Join Area Coordinator, Ruth Smith and the Healthy Generations Team via Zoom to find out about keeping active during the pandemic, distraction techniques, pain management and much more...   To book a place and for further information please call: 07930 321841 or email: jane.snape@bjf.org.uk. To visit the website click here. ... Read more

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