No one should face cancer alone

These words are at the heart of our Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy Project and now you can view a film which has been released celebrating the work of the project and highlighting the impact that advocacy can have on the lives of older people affected by cancer ... Read more

A Great Place to Grow Older

The Beth Johnson Foundation is working with Stoke on Trent City Council for it to achieve its status as an ‘Age Friendly City’.  We want Stoke on Trent to be a great place to grow older and to involve all its citizens, businesses and organisations in achieving this ambition. The Beth Johnson Foundation has provided training to public and private sector businesses, helping them to consider ageism, stereotyping and any changes they could make in their approach and actions they could take to promote age friendly engagement. ... Read more

All Ages

Whilst we talk about a future for all ages, and by that we mean a good, healthy and meaningful future, there is an extreme sadness for some people who can’t obtain this. They are experiencing the ageless scourge of our society, loneliness. The recent BBC documentary ‘The Age of Loneliness’ demonstrated that there is no age limit to feeling this way and there are many, many reasons why people feel the way they do. Of course we are all aware we are living longer which in turn can result in more people living alone when partners, children and friends have died before them. ... Read more

NHS Bosses Call For New Deal

NHS CEO Simon Stevens says Britain urgently needs a new political consensus on paying for older people and social care, and the debate on funding should consider the value of people’s pensions and homes. ... Read more

Generations Ageing Without Children

The Daily Mail recently reported on the issue of women without children. This does not necessarily mean they have chosen not to have children, there are many reasons behind a decision or outcome, whether that be a lifestyle choice, unable to conceive, financial restraints etc. The implications to society of this situation are widespread, e.g. tax contributions, social care, NHS, elderley care and an actual risk to relationships.  ... Read more

Dementia the most feared disease

Studies show that dementia is now the most feared disease, it is more feared than cancer.  The Government pledged £300 million more funding for dementia research last year.  Professor John Hardy, a neuroscientist at University College London has said that dementia research was in  ... Read more

Become a Dementia Friend …. It’s easy!

Last Thursday I attended a 45-minute training session to become a Dementia Friend. The training was led by Betty Machin and Jane Snape from the Dementia Advocacy Project at the Beth Johnson Foundation and the aim is to help to create more dementia-friendly communities. Becoming a Dementia Friend does not mean that you have to take on additional responsibilities if you do not have the time, but just to be more aware, mindful and considerate to others situations and behaviours in your day-to-day activities.  There are many ways that you can help to spread the word about dementia, every action counts! The Dementia Friends training is available to anyone so if you, your colleagues or team would like to find out more, please contact Betty Machin or Jane Snape on 01782 844036 or email / ... Read more

Beth Johnson Foundation Blog

  • New Vacancy! Healthy Generatio ...

    With funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, the Beth Johnson Foundation is pleased to offer the opportunity to com ...Read more

  • New for 2020!!

    Book now for our Digital Technology and Positive Ageing Sessions.  BJF are delighted to offer these free weekly workshop ...Read more

  • Christmas Wishes

    BJF would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  In 2020 we are looking forward to helping with our va ...Read more

  • Volunteer Co-ordinator

    Thank you to all who applied for the exciting vacancy within our Staffordshire Cancer Support Programme (CaSP). The Cancer Support ...Read more

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