Beth Johnson Foundation Blog Blog posts for Beth Johnson Foundation en-gb Copyright 2019 There's No Bus Map for Dementia Members of the Beth Johnson Foundation Dementia Advocacy Peer Support Group were asked to develop a ‘Comic’ about living well with Dementia with Manchester University, funded by Arts Council England. The ‘Comic’ is due to be launched in June at Manchester University.]]> Tue, 30 Apr 2019 14:24:00 +0100 Support the Future Recently, BJF hosted 1st and 2nd year medical students from Keele University. They worked with us for a few months in most strands of our work, whether it was with our Dementia Advocacy Project, Cancer Support Project, Research or Website input, they showed great interest and enthusiasm, often sharing their inspiring ideas. It was a pleasure to have them with us here at the Foundation and we look forward to carrying on our long-standing relationship with Keele in the future.]]> Mon, 15 Apr 2019 14:04:00 +0100 New Project for BJF A huge THANK YOU! We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding for the Healthy Generations Project. Thank you to all the millions of National Lottery players who make this funding possible and thank you to the Big Lottery Fund! More news will follow about the new project shortly.]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:18:00 +0000 BJF Newsletter sign-up! You can now subscribe to receive the latest newsletter from us and hear about our work, sector news, important dates and much more. If you have any news you would like to share with us we would like ]]> Thu, 16 Aug 2018 14:23:00 +0100 Doing It Well-Guidance for those who care Seven Steps to dignity and compassion in caring for older people: Guidance for those who care 
The Beth Johnson Foundation (BJF) are pleased to announce the release of the launch of a new report that looks at care homes and provides insights on how older people in care can be better looked after.
 Care homes over recent years have often had a bad press in respect of the mistreatment of older people: too often there have been stories where vulnerable older people, rather than being helped and cared for, have been at best neglected and ignored, and at worst abused. This report looks at some of the solutions.]]>
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 13:51:00 +0100
Intergenerational Fairness Forum Meeting Information The Forum’s next meeting will take place in the autumn when Parliament resumes after the summer recess and party conferences.  The Minister of State for Social Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, has agreed to speak to members about sustainable funding for social care and intergenerational fairness following publication of the Government’s Green Paper on social care.  The secretariat will write to members with full information once all the detailed arrangements are confirmed.]]> Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:21:00 +0100 Intergenerational Fairness Forum Meetings BJF are pleased to advise the addition to our website of the Parliamentary Intergenerational Fairness Forum information pages. The Intergenerational Fairness Forum was initially established as the Intergenerational Futures All Party Parliamentary Group in 2009, following the merger of two earlier All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) which resulted in the establishment of the Old and Young Together APPG.  As the Intergenerational Futures APPG it held meetings in Parliament from 2010-2015, sponsored by The Beth Johnson Foundation.  Following the 2010 general election and the introduction of different rules for APPGs, it has been re-established as the Intergenerational Fairness Forum. ]]> Tue, 08 May 2018 13:29:00 +0100 Beth Johnson Leisure Association The Beth Johnson Leisure Association (BJLA) organises social activities for the retired or older person. The BJLA was formed with the assistance of the Beth Johnson Foundation but now is independent of it, though we still provide help and support. There are two sections, Ramblers and Social and to find out more about the group click HERE]]> Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:37:00 +0100 BJF go to school  As you may be aware there has been an abundance of news about young children and older people being together just lately and here at BJF we have been aware of the benefits of the two ages sharing experiences for many years. Our latest experiences have seen our Dementia Advocates and our Dementia Advocacy Peer Group visiting the Haywood Academy. Year 9 students, as part of their PSHE day, were making Twiddle Boards, these are boards on which ordinary household fixtures and fittings are attached and they are aimed at residents in care homes who have dementia. ]]> Mon, 23 Apr 2018 09:45:00 +0100 New Cancer Support Programme in Staffordshire Cancer affects 1 in 3 of us. By 2020, that figure will rise to 1 in 2. It can be the hardest thing we and our families have to face.
The Beth Johnson Foundation has launched a brand new service to help adults in *Staffordshire who are affected by cancer.]]>
Tue, 30 Jan 2018 11:46:00 +0000
Transitions in Later Life Partnership BJF are happy to be working with North Staffs Carers on our Transitions in Later life project – ‘Time to think’ workshops for carers, and thank them for their partnership support.
BJF have been developing its work, funded by  the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, around life tra]]>
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:02:00 +0000
BJF Bulletin December 2017 This month's bulletin brings you a digest of News concerning the care of older people, information about Research and resourcesNews about BJF itself and alerts to Forthcoming events, all with links to fuller information.]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:45:00 +0000 Ageing Well-Creating an Age Friendly UK Director of Policy and Engagement here at BJF, Lynne Wealleans, was recently interviewed by Elder, providers of high standard live-in home care to those in need across the UK, from the South East of England to the Highlands and Islands.The discussion covered the need to give people a voice in challenging times, how “ageing well” is a personal definition and the power of making a real difference at a community level.]]> Tue, 07 Nov 2017 01:09:00 +0000 Experiences of Being Report Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:56:00 +0000 News Transitions in Later Life National Programme Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:23:00 +0100 TOY- PLUS: 2nd Transnational Meeting, Athens, Greece 18-19 September, 2017 The seven organisations, which includes BJF and our colleagues LGNI, involved in the TOY-PLUS project had an eventful meeting in Athens. This project, which began almost a year ago is being coordinated by ICDI and is being funded by the European Commission.  The Athens meeting was hosted by Hellenic Open University, the Greek partner in TOY-PLUS.
 First on the meeting agenda was to agree on the six dimensions of quality which will form the basis of the TOY Quality Stamp.  It involves a supported self-assessment process which will allow services and organisations to assess and improve intergenerational practice involving young children and older adults. 
The six dimensions are: 1) Interaction with (in) the community, 2) Social inclusion and wellbeing, 3) Learning environment, 4) Professional development and teamwork, 5) Monitoring and evaluation, 6) Sustainability. Over the coming weeks and months we will be recruiting services interesting in being involved in the process. ]]>
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:38:00 +0100
TOY-PLUS Project Update - October 2017 As one of the main partners in the TOY-PLUS project (EU funded project under Erasmus + 2016 – 2018), the Beth Johnson Foundation has been busily involved in the development of an innovative online curriculum and methodology (MOOC) in intergenerational work for practitioners in early childhood education and care, social care and community development work.
The Beth Johnson Foundation has been responsible for the development of specific modules within the MOOC curriculum as well as supporting other partners with feedback on other modules developed for the MOOC. The primary modules The Beth Johnson Foundation has been responsible for developing include an Introduction to Intergenerational Learning, Planning and Organising a Successful Intergenerational Learning programme and the Development of a Sustainable Intergenerational Learning programme.]]>
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:35:00 +0100
Let's Go Intergenerational Linking Generations, BJF's colleagues in Northern Ireland, are soon to launch their new conference Let's Go Intergenerational. With keynote speaker, Jonathan Collie, Co-Founder of The Age of New Reitrement, a UK based movement for age positive social change, learn how to Go Intergenerational! 
12th October 2017 so book now to avoid disappointment.]]>
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:14:00 +0100
Enabling People with Dementia to Remain at Home Today the Housing LIN (Learning and Information Network) publishes its report on the key role housing providers, and in particular social housing providers, can play in supporting people living with dementia to stay independent in the home of their choice for as long as possible. To read the full report click Here]]> Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:54:00 +0100 Preparing for Later Life We were pleased to contribute to the Transitions in Later Life Project with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. As part of the project groups from different parts of the country were interviewed and gave their thoughts of how they prepared, or not for retirement. Also some people found that transition from working a real challenge and were surprised how that change affected them. To listen to the Podcast]]> Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:26:00 +0100 The Reformation of Age & Ageing Journal article by Sarah Harper
Individuals throughout the word are not only living longer, they are doing so within a population which is in itself growing older. This article suggests that to grow old in a society which is old is very different from growing old in a society which is young. Within the next 3 years, there will be more people on the planet over 65 than under 5 years old. Within the next decade, half the population of Western Europe will be aged over 50. As such, Sarah Harper proposes that as we look to reform ageing and old age in the light of extreme longevity, we must look to the institutions which currently define ageing and old age to ensure that our societies continue to distribute resources fairly across the life course. Our education systems, patterns of work, health care, legal systems, even marriage and families were built during a very different demographic.]]>
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:15:00 +0100
Who in Europe Works beyond the State Pension Age and under which Conditions? In response to demographic ageing and its consequences, European governments aim to increase labour market participation of older workers and have started to expand the state pension age beyond age 65. In this paper, the authors describe the employment and working conditions of men and women working between 65 and 80 years, and compare them with previous conditions of those retired in the same age group. ]]> Fri, 01 Sep 2017 01:09:00 +0100 Investment into local causes Could you make a difference? Today we have launched our lottery page with the Lyme Lottery and hope to raise funds from our supporters who buy a ticket. Any money raised will go towards improving and extending our Advocacy services, enable more research projects and support new lifestyle initiatives, all for older adults.
We really appreciate every penny raised and hope that you will visit our page here . Thank you!]]>
Wed, 23 Aug 2017 10:15:00 +0100
Age Action Alliance News-August 2017 The latest newsletter from the Age Action Alliance is available to download. More news on the move and thanks from AAA to the support they have been given by ourselves and other members.]]> Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:44:00 +0100 Giving a Voice Advocacy on behalf of people with dementia and people with cancer: a study of the effect on service users lives
We are pleased to announce the publication of another research report, Giving a Voice, published by BJF and carried out by the University of Salford. The work has been concentratedon two of our projects focused respectively on meeting the different needs of people with dementia and people with cancer. To read more click here
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:02:00 +0100