Stick Your Neck Out!

"Life is what happens while you are busy making plans", John Lennon famously said. In Stick Your Neck Out, another John talks about how his life changed dramatically and for the worse in his 50s and then, by the time he reached pension age, for the better - helped by the work of our charity the Beth Johnson Foundation. BJF focuses on what is possible from midlife onwards - even when dealing with illness, caring roles or low incomes - to plan ahead and learn how to get to grips with difficult life changes, in order to have as good a future as possible in older age. What did John do? He stuck his neck out, tried new things, didn't give up. ... Read more

Later Life Newsletter No 58 from DWP

This months newsletter features 'Our Dementia', which was commissioned by the Beth Johnson Foundation. The film was made involving dementia sufferers during their Focus Group at the Foundation. ... Read more

Positive Living Coach-Interested?

The Positive Living Project is funded by Stoke Clinical Commissioning Group and is looking to train community volunteers, within Stoke, on health and wellbeing related topics such as; Exercise, Nutrition, Positive thinking and age-related illness prevention and awareness. ... Read more

Evaluations of Cancer Advocacy Pilot

The pilot project “Advocacy on the Wards” known as Cancer, Older People and Advocacy (COPA) was formally evaluated by TwoCan Associates and by Ecorys , on behalf of Big Lottery Silver Dreams Fund. This partnership between OPAAL – Macmillan – Big Lottery and the 5 pilot sites was the forerunner to the Staffordshire Cancer Advocacy and Support Project which is being implemented across the County. ... Read more

Communicar - MEDIA EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL

COMUNICAR, a bilingual (Spanish-English) open access online journal devoted to look at communication, technology and media education is planning to publish a whole thematic issue on challenges and opportunities linked to communicating in an ageing world. In the call for papers guest editors explain that this issue approaches ageing not only as related to elderly persons, because as we move through life, we are all ageing, and we interact with one another from our particular generational position. Therefore, issues regarding Information and Communication Technology challenges and possibilities for multi- and inter-generational communication and cooperation are relevant to this special issue. ... Read more

Staffordshire Cancer Advocacy-Central Staffs Launch

Today is the launch of our Staffordshire Cancer Advocacy Project for the Central Stafford area. Already launched in North Staffordshire this project, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support, is going to help many cancer sufferer's with support and guidance through some very difficult times in their lives. The project will soon expand into South and East Staffordshire over the coming months enabling more cancer patients to get the vital support they need. Here today with us was Anna Lynall, Involvement Co-ordinator at Macmillan and organisations such as VAST, Katherine House Hospice,TCEOL, Disability Solutions, OPAAL, and the Red Cross. ... Read more

'How integrated is modern Britain?'

The Beth Johnson Foundation is one of the members of this commission, the report published 26th June was new research published by the Social Integration Commission and reveals that Londoners’ social lives are more segregated by age, social grade and ethnicity relative to the level of diversity than in the rest of Britain. People living in London, typically viewed as one of the most diverse cities in the world, are proportionally less integrated by social grade, ethnicity and age than the average person living in Britain. ... Read more

Our Dementia - Outcomes

As reported previously, on June 25th the Advocacy Team at The Beth Johnson Foundation, Betty Machin and Jane Snape presented a short film to an invited audience where a group of people who have been diagnosed with Dementia discussed their views on the illness, services provided and what they would improve their experiences. The aim of the film was to allow people with dementia to have a voice. ... Read more

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