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From Jan: Age UK Internet Champion and now National Digital Leader

I imagine that when I was diagnosed with the mental health condition cyclothymia (rapid cycling bipolar) 5 years ago most people expected me to curl up and shrivel away. I know there were a few who hoped I would (LOL, as they say!). Far from it. Here's my guest blog on the Big Lottery Fund site, posted by BIG today:…

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Added by Jan Tchamani on June 19, 2013 at 22:55 — 3 Comments

Anchor Community Band set to storm the charts!

The older people forming the Anchor Community Band are giving modern pop stars a run for their money and tackling loneliness in the process by releasing their own charity single today.

 

The Anchor Community Band’s single “See Yourself” challenges perceptions of old age. More than 350 older people from across the country have been involved in writing and recording it, the oldest band member being 96 years young.…

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Added by Kathryn on June 3, 2013 at 8:30 — No Comments

Anchor Community Band members travel the length of the country in bid to reach the Top 40

Older people from a care home in Southport joined Anchor Community Band members from the North West to record their charity song for the charts last week.

 

Nell Clark, 90, who has lived at…

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Added by Natalie on February 26, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

From WW2 troops to singing with the Anchor Community Band

The Anchor Community Band encompasses people from across the ages and this week an octogenarian from Bethnal Green who used to sing to the troops in the Second World War, has recorded a solo piece on the Band’s charity song.

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Added by Kathryn on February 15, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

Introducing the Anchor Community Band!

Today we are excited to announce the launch of a new national project: The Anchor Community Band!



Building on the success of the campaign calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People, Anchor want to continue raising awareness of issues affecting this growing demographic and plan to produce a charity single that celebrates the positive aspects of ageing which are often…

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Added by Grey Pride on November 30, 2012 at 11:32 — No Comments

Improving Grey Pride

Hi everyone



This week I’m hoping to pick your brains! The Grey Pride team are eager to ensure this community site is somewhere people choose to come and share their views and life experiences, we want to celebrate the positive aspects of getting older as well as discuss ways to tackle the difficulties and problems some people face as they age.

We want the site to be as user-friendly…

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Added by Kathryn on November 26, 2012 at 10:30 — 9 Comments

Campaign anniversary - We need a Minister for Older People now more than ever!

This week marks the 1 year anniversary of Grey Pride Day, when campaign supporters from around the country delivered our petition calling for the appointment of a dedicated Minister for Older People to 10 Downing Street.

 

Over the last 12 months the need for a Cabinet…

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Added by Grey Pride on November 26, 2012 at 10:30 — 14 Comments

Anchor find out just how Grey-friendly the UK is in 2012

Community spirit high among UK’s older population…despite declining local services

 

New findings released today by older people’s charity, Anchor, show some fascinating insight into how grey-friendly the UK really is in 2012.

 

The survey firmly places older people at the heart of their local communities, with 80 per cent saying they feel part of where they live. Encouragingly, 84 per…

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Added by Grey Pride on October 1, 2012 at 0:30 — No Comments

Age UK blog on the need for a dedicated Minister for Older People

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK’s Director of External Affairs, has discussed our Grey Pride call for a Minister for Older People, in her blog on the Age UK website.

 

Our successful…

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Added by Grey Pride on July 27, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

Make sure your MP votes FOR a Minister for Older People on 28th June

As we announced yesterday, we are delighted to have secured a House of Commons Debate on the Grey Pride campaign call for the appointment of a dedicated Minister for Older People, on Thursday 28th June.

 

Every Grey Pride supporter who signed our petition…

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Added by Grey Pride on June 22, 2012 at 8:30 — 1 Comment

GREY PRIDE BREAKTHROUGH - House of Commons to debate Grey Pride!

We are very excitied to announce that our Grey Pride campaign has today received a major boost - we have secured a House of Commons debate on whether the Government should appoint a Minister for Older People!

 

The debate, which will take place on Thursday 28th June, follows intense pressure from all our brilliant Grey Pride campaigners around the country and…

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Added by Grey Pride on June 20, 2012 at 14:30 — 1 Comment

bus passes and winter fuel allowances

I am disheartened and frankly ashamed at the facile level of debate  from"professionals and MP's" that surrounds the very real possibility of stopping free bus travel  and  the winter fuel allowance. Question Time with David Dimbleby was an example. The focus is all about spurious short term financial gains and nothing about the potential  impact  on the physical and emotional well being of the elderly, as well on the local economy. We go into our towns to meet friends, go to classes and…

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Added by patricia anne halcro on June 10, 2012 at 11:20 — 6 Comments

BIRMINGHAM SETTLEMENT SAVED MY LIFE

I thought it might be helpful, to those considering going to Birmingham Settlement for support/advice, and those who have friends/family who are considering them - it's a very positive testimony. None of the content is confidential - I believe in the power of honesty:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjuWnZ5rrAI

Best wishes to all, whatever your struggles

Jan

Added by Jan Tchamani on May 16, 2012 at 16:53 — 2 Comments

Were they really the ‘good old days’?

A conversation I had this weekend with family members spanning three generations has got me wondering about days gone by and how we remember the past.

 

Much is made of decades gone past being safer, we all seem to remember a time when our neighbourhoods were more friendly and we knew people better, when we would leave the door on the latch, children would play out and neighbours were…

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Added by Kathryn on May 1, 2012 at 15:07 — 5 Comments

Margot James MP supports the call for a Minister for Older People

Margot James MP is supporting our application for a motion calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People to be appointed.

 

On her blog todaythe MP for Stourbridge says

“It is essential that older people are represented across Government, a…

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Added by Grey Pride on April 17, 2012 at 12:00 — No Comments

Take part in landmark research project exploring whether Britain’s towns are “Grey Friendly”

Older people’s charity, Anchor, has today embarked on a landmark research project into the quality of life of thousands of older people across the country….and YOU can take part!  

 

The research will aim to investigate standards of basic service provision from town to town, and will result in a ‘Grey Britain’ report offering insight into the impact of day-to-day services on older people, from transport to healthcare…

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Added by Kathryn on April 10, 2012 at 9:30 — 1 Comment

Grey Pride still being discussed by MPs

MP for Portsmouth North, and Grey Pride supporter, Penny Mordaunt made reference to our Grey Pride campaign calling for a dedicated Minister for Older People in the budget debate on the floor of the House of Commons last week.…

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Added by Kathryn on April 3, 2012 at 11:30 — No Comments

The Budget – a surprise raid on pensioners

This year’s Budget announcement included a nasty surprise for the country’s older people; the amount of income that is not taxed will be frozen for those aged over 65, ending the longstanding entitlement to a higher personal allowance for pensioners.

 

This will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the people approaching retirement who are trying to make financial plans for their future.

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Added by Kathryn on March 22, 2012 at 12:00 — 2 Comments

PACTS backs Grey Pride!

The Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS) has called for the government to appoint a Minister for Older People in their latest report.

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Added by Kathryn on March 20, 2012 at 10:00 — No Comments

End the Care Crisis: Lobby 2012 – Take part!

On Tuesday March 6th something important is happening and YOU can be a part of it.

 

The Care and Support Alliance is a consortium of over 50 organisations that represent and support older and disabled people and campaigns to keep adult care funding and reform on the political…

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Added by Grey Pride on February 20, 2012 at 22:00 — 1 Comment

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