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

Vera Ivers and our Foundation

We are saddened to hear about the death of our former CEO, Vera Ivers. One of the pioneers of Citizen Advocacy, publishing a book, Citizen Advocacy in action; Working with Older People: A Directory of People Interested in Intergenerational Approaches (2003).  Following this the need for Dementia Advocacy was identified, which began as a project at BJF in 1998 and remains one of our main projects today. Our condolences go to Vera’s family and we are proud that Vera was a part of our Foundation, which remains one of her legacies. ... Read more

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! ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Age Does Not Matter

Imagine a world where age does not matter. A world where we all live longer, better lives. Where we can make the most of our potential, however old or young we are. We are building this world today, and we want you to take part. This autumn, we are launching 'Age Does Not Matter', a 4-day festival to radically rethink the concept of Age. In the stunning setting of The OXO Bargehouse on London’s South Bank, we will disrupt the narrative around ageing through an inspirational series of co-design labs, talks, installations, photography, stories, sound and film. ... Read more

Stem Cells, Cancer and Life Lessons

A blog posted on Twitter caught my eye, not only because of the volume of swearing in the initial post, but because it tells the story of a man who is quite unwell but buried his head in the sand about everything that was going on with his body that wasn’t supposed to be happening (something which many of us have done in the past I’m sure). Also his blog seems to resonate with thousands and thousands of people. ... 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

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