Category Archives: Senior Citizens

Blaby District Older Person’s Forum

timthumbThe next Blaby District Older Person’s Forum will be meeting on Monday 10th June 2-4pm at the Council Chamber, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

 

Community Support Organiser Jenny Brown tells the EYE that the meeting will be chaired by the new chair, Cllr. Marian Broomhead.

This quarter there will be talks and information by Marion Lewis from Neighbourhood Watch and Diane Claridge from Support for Carers.

If you are 50 or over and live in Blaby District, you are more than welcome to come along.

This event is free and refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to come but struggle with transport, please call 0116 272 7669 and we will try to help

The purpose of this forum is to bring together older people to express their views on issues relating to their health and well- being and the range of services available to them, and meets four times a year for the following

• To seek advice and give information on all issues affecting older people.

• To identify priority areas and how this affects their daily lives.

• To advocate inclusion of older people into the community

• To share knowledge and promote learning and involvement.

The Blaby District Older Person’s Forum welcomes new members from across the district, who feel they would like to represent their neighbourhood, to be a voice and raise concerns for older residents; or just to share with other people and listen to the speakers.

To find out more, call Darren Walker or Jenny Bown at Community Action Partnership on 0116 272 7669

Blaby District Older People’s Forum AGM

The next Blaby District Older Peoples’ Forum will be meeting on Monday 4th March, 2-4pm at the Council Chamber, Desford Road Narborough.

This quarter it is the AGM, after which there will be a talk and information on Leicestershire Police; and a representative from Blaby District Council will be speaking on the new welfare reforms from 1st April.

There will also be stands with information from other groups.

The purpose of the Blaby District Older People’s Forum is to bring together older people to express their views on issues relating to their health and well-being and the range of services available to them and meets four times a year for the following

  • To seek advice and give information on all issues affecting older people.
  • To identify priority areas and how this affects their daily lives.
  • To advocate inclusion of older people into the community
  • To share knowledge and promote learning and involvement.

If you are 50 or over and live in Blaby District, you are more than welcome to come along. This event is free and refreshments will be provided. If you would like to come but struggle with transport, please call 0116 272 7669 and we will try to help

The Blaby District Older Person’s Forum welcomes new members from across the District..

To find out more, or call Darren Walker or Jenny Bown at Community Action Partnership on 0116 272 7669. community@communityap.org.uk

Older Persons Information Fair

If you are aged 50 and over and live in Blaby District, then the Blaby District Older Peoples’ Forum invite you to join them for an Information Fair on Monday 3rd September from 2pm-4pm at the Council Chamber, Desford Road Narborough.

Come along for this informal meeting hear from many local service providers and receive help and advice to help you in your day to day lives.

Some of the confirmed organisations include; Community Action Partnership, Action Deafness, The Alzheimer’s Society, Leicestershire Police, Vista, Leicestershire Cares, Community Transport, Blaby District Befrienders, Support for Carers and the Royal British Legion

This event is FREE and booking is not essential. If you are 50 or over and live in Blaby District, you are more than welcome to come along. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to come but struggle with transport, please call 0116 272 7669 and we will try to help

For any questions or for more information, please contact Jenny Bown at Community Action Partnership on 0116 272 7669 or email jenny@communityap.org.uk

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Elderly warned ‘Beware doorstep scammers’

Older people and carers have been told to beware of scam retail or investment operations targeting the elderly.

The Insolvency Service said that in the three years to March it closed 78 rogue firms in England and Wales, which had scammed £28m from nearly 2,000 victims. Firms had aggressively cold-called or door-stepped older people and then overcharged them or failed to deliver.

The Insolvency Service is a statutory body that deals with financial failure and misconduct associated with it. Scammers targeted “the most susceptible members of society”, most of whom never made good their loss, a spokesman said. The worst aspect is the callousness with which the fraudsters go about their business; ignoring the obvious fact that that because of their age, most victims will never be able to make good their loss,” head of investigation and enforcement Robert Burns said.If you feel under pressure to commit, then just step away because any reputable company will allow you time to think an offer over”

“If you are cold-called, don’t be afraid to say ‘no thank you’. If in doubt, you should take time to research the company and get some independent advice.”

It said 49 of the 78 rogue companies sold land for “building” that either did not exist or was on protected land. Others ripped off their victims over fine wines, fire alarms or worthless plots of land. All targeted older people, pressure-selling over the phone or with a foot in the door. One pensioner lost tens of thousands of pounds from being tricked into parting with historic gold coins, the service said.

The Insolvency Service said many more scams have not been stopped and warned people to be on their guard and to ask for help. It said often the same rogues would move on and set up multiple operations, seeking out vulnerable members of the public.

Michelle Mitchell, from Age UK, said that “the sad fact is that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is”. “If you feel under pressure to commit, then just step away because any reputable company will allow you time to think an offer over.” She said Age UK had produced two guides to advise older people on how to protect themselves from scams.

The Alzheimers Society said that it was campaigning against the financial abuse of dementia sufferers who it said could already be “struggling financially due to the huge cost of care. Everyone from banks to the general public needs to work together to stop these scams and help protect those who need it most,” chief executive Jeremy Hughes said.

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Enderby Old Folks Entertainment Fund winds up

In the Autumn of 2010 it was announced that the Enderby Old Folks Entertainment Fund would be wound up, due to the organisers advancing years and the lack of younger volunteers available to take over the committee roles. The organisers terminated its activities at the end of 2010.

The groups constitution specified that all closing funds should be donated to LOROS, the Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice.

The end of an era during which the group had provided support to the widows, war veterans and senior citizens living in Enderby since 1945 was marked by Chairman Frank Humphrey and Hon. Treasurer Ken Thomas recntly visiting the hospice to hand over a cheque for £4356.62 which represented the group’s closing balance. LOROS senior fundraiser Adrian Walker received the cheque and expressed his thanks and appreciation for the donation.