Pre-paid funeral?

 I am sure there are many people who have arranged a pre-paid funeral to ease the burden for their family during the distressful time when a loved one dies. As an advocate I would support an individual if they are estranged from their family.  ... Read more

FREE Cancer Awareness and Support Day

Free Cancer Awareness and Support Event 16th September at the Victoria Hall 10am to 3pm. Talk to local cancer nurse specialists and other health professionals. Ask questions and find out more about the support and services in your area. ... Read more

Can You Make a Difference?

No one in Staffordshire should face cancer alone. The Staffordshire & Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy Project are offering free training to become a volunteer advocate, so if you can spare the time and would like to become involved please contact us on the details below. ... Read more

Mindfulness

I wasn’t sure what to expect; the concept of Mindfulness seemed to be a ‘hippy’ style activity.  However, with an open-mind and overnight bag, I joined my colleagues from Staffordshire and Wolverhampton Cancer Advocacy and Support Project and staff from the Beth Johnson Foundation for a 2-day Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop.   ... Read more

New Guidance for Advocates

I have discovered an excellent new resource for advocates. The "Practice guide for advocates challenging decisions or actions with or on behalf of individuals" produced by the Advocacy Organisation, VoiceAbility ... Read more

Hen-keeping – a cracking new therapy for older people

The Guardian recently ran an article about a project” Henpower” that lets people in sheltered housing and care homes keep hens. It has shown that this can reduce depression, loneliness and the need for antipsychotic medication. Henpower was set up by the charity Equal Arts in 2011 with the aim of using hen-keeping to tackle social isolation, reduce depression and improve people’s wellbeing.  ... Read more

Do 4 year olds need a graduation ceremony?

It seems that from birth, in childhood and into adulthood there are a number of rites of passage; pre-school, primary school, senior school, college, university, graduation. In fact when you are young every birthday is marked as special particularly those that have significance for another stage in your life – 5, 11/12, 15/16, 18. So rites of passage are all around when you are younger and that’s not taking into account those connected with culture or religion. ... Read more

Flowers on the Wards

June Brammar, Project Manager for rheumatology at the Haywood Foundation, said: "By introducing therapy we aim to make patients' stays more relaxing and positive." ... Read more

Intergenerational Glastonbury

Anyone who has watched the coverage of this year’s festival would agree that there has certainly been plenty of variety in the acts, from the controversial Kanye West to Burt Bacharach (aged 87), something for everyone’s taste and age. ... Read more

DWP Later Life Newsletter No.68

The latest news from DWP including a message from the new Minister of State for Pensions, Baroness Altmann and the National Audit Office report on the implementation of the first phase of the Care Act. ... 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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