BJF is celebrating 50 years of championing positive ageing in the local community!  Linking in with Older People’s week which starts with the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on Saturday 1st October – there will be a daily programme of events inviting local communities into Parkfield House to celebrate with the team and learn more about what the charity does – for more information please visit our Events page.

On Monday 3 October, a celebratory event will bring together 100 guests, including some of the Beth Johnson Foundation service users, staff, volunteers and supporters, at the Spode Works. The day will provide an opportunity to reflect on the history of the Foundation, and to demonstrate how such important reflections will inform the future development of the charity.  Film footage will be integrated throughout presentations from volunteers, previous workers from the Foundation and current workers all sharing their passion for the work they contribute to.

Professor Sue Read, Chief Executive Officer, Beth Johnson Foundation, said: “Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of people as they are ageing. We want to help our service users to make the most of opportunities and choices, regardless of their age.

“Although Beth Johnson Foundation services are directed towards people aged 50 plus, we passionately believe that involving people of all ages in our community and working inter-generationally is essential to achieving good outcomes for older people.”

Over the years, the Beth Johnson Foundation has worked with older people to explore situations and design solutions specifically associated with ageing, such as dementia, cancer, long-term health conditions, loss, bereavement, loneliness and retirement.

The charity provides individual and group advocacy, information, advice, support, training, education and community workshops.

Professor Sue Read adds: “We amplify the voices of older people and recognise the wisdom and valuable contributions they make to our society. We aim to be a catalyst for change, working as enablers alongside each older person.”


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