New Vacancy! Project Co-Ordinator

The Beth Johnson Foundation is recruiting to its dynamic team of staff, offering a 14 hour post commencing August 1st 2022, funded for three years. This post is part of a collaborative project involving the Methodist Housing Associating and Father Hudson’s Care.   The post holder will develop, deliver and evaluate a training programme that will be provided across all three organisations for the development of dementia advocacy support across the project. The post holder will also recruit, induct, train, support and co-ordinate a team of volunteers to support dementia advocacy for older people. Group supervision following completion of the training is also an indicative part of the role and the project outcomes. ... Read more

Parent's shouldn't be frightened to reach out

Parents ‘shouldn’t be frightened to reach out’ to older people ahead of Loneliness Awareness Week (13th - 17th June 2022) Vicki Titterington, Director, Linking Generations NI, part of the Beth Johnson Foundation, shares her thoughts in the Belfast Telegraph. As it is Loneline ... Read more

Advocacy National Awards

Laura Higgins, Dementia Advocacy project, Patsy Corcoran, Volunteer Development Manager, and Sue Read, CEO, enjoyed a lovely, jolly evening at the National Advocacy awards on Thursday 12th May, in Birmingham. The Dementia Advocacy project at BJF was shortlisted for the Outstanding Service category, but sadly did not win. Whilst disappointing, it was indeed an honour to be shortlisted at these prestigious awards, especially the first time we had nominated ourselves, and we made many useful connections on the night itself. The judging panel said they were  ‘...impressed with the impact of this service through working with other community groups, Universities, through direct advocacy , training and their group work, but above all through making connections.’. This category was won by Connected Voice (Safeguarding). ... Read more

Global Intergenerational Week

Lets Celebrate Intergenerational Spaces! BJF session today for Global #IntergenerationalWeek 2pm. It's not to late to join us, email: angela.tunnicliffe@bjf.org.uk for the Zoom link. Visit ... Read more

Councillor Visit

Members at the BJF warmly welcomed Councillor Dean Richardson, Ward Councillor for Penkhull and Stoke, who visited Parkfield House on Thursday 17th March.  Dean met with Hilary Stefanelli, Project Development manager, Jane Snape, Healthy Generations Manager, Betty Machin, Dementia Advocacy Manager, Laura Higgins, Dementia Advocacy Project Worker , Patsy Corcoran, Volunteer Manager, and Sue Read, CEO.   Here at the BJF we always welcome the opportunity for local people to visit the House and meet members of our staff and volunteers. Visitors can learn about the excellent range of support that we continue to offer and explore ways of promoting what we do across local organisations for mutual benefits and to maximise impact for our local ageing communities.     ... Read more

Our Spring Newsletter - Two Years and Beyond....

Our new BJF Spring 2022 Newsletter is now available to read. In this issue, we reflect upon the way we have all risen to our individual and organisational challenges over the last two years and share our plans and hopes for the future. ... Read more

Reflecting on the pandemic anniversary

As the second anniversary of the pandemic is approaching on March 23rd, the BJF is proud to be collaborating with local and national partners in recognition of this important event. We are working with Marie Curie and the Stoke on Trent Council to ensure that our local communities have an opportunity to reflect and remember those who have died during the two year pandemic period. This short film illustrates our work with Marie Curie; and in March, we are holding an event at Fenton Park on March 22nd, in conjunction with the Lord Mayor, to remember those loved ones no longer with us across our local communities. We do hope you can join us at Fenton Park, government restrictions permitting. ... Read more

Global Intergenerational Week 2022

Global Intergenerational Week, is a campaign connecting everyone who is passionate about everything intergenerational. It is now in its third year and this year it is bigger and better than ever as it goes global! The week runs from 25 April - 1 May and it looks to inspire individuals, groups, organisations, local/national government and NGO’s to fully embrace intergenerational practice, connecting people of all ages especially the younger and older generations. The campaign will celebrate good practice, ideas, moments and opportunities local to us where different age groups come together, and intergenerational friendships can be formed! ... Read more

Zooming Down Memory Lane

Our Healthy Generations Project, online social support sessions grew from strength to strength thoughout 2021. We have supported each other during the long months of the pandemic, through further lockdowns and tier systems. Even when we moved into the new way of ‘Living with Covid’, our members choose to continue to meet virtually using the ‘Zoom’ virtual communications app - giving people the opportunity to safely ‘meet’ with each other; reducing isolation and loneliness, making new friends, trying new skills and connecting with family as they became expert in the use of ‘Zoom’. ... Read more

Our Winter 2021 Newsletter

Our new Winter 2021 Newsletter is now available to read. In this issue our Patron, Joan Walley, talks about how we all relate to music and lyrics and how it can bring hope for the future. 2022 brings about the 50th Anniversary of the Beth Johnson Foundation, of which we are very proud and we will have news of how we will be celebrating that milestone very soon! Please have a read of the newsletter, it shows how our projects are working and the wonderful volunteers we have.  ... Read more

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