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Supportmatch Homeshare

Homeshare is a simple and effective solution to resolve the support requirements for the senior community. The aim of Homeshare is to match a Householder in need of support with a suitable Homesharer willing to help for about 10 to 15 hours per week while also living in and providing overnight security. It is a simple concept; the Householder will receive help with cooking, cleaning, shopping, small DIY, gardening, going to appointments, help with computing, companionship and overnight security by offering accommodation to the Homesharer. Homesharers are responsible for their own food expenses.

Supportmatch provides a service tailored to your needs. Each match is unique. Our team has over 10 years’ experience in matching people who need support with those who can give it. We are here to provide a fully comprehensive service and advice, so contact us to discuss your needs. The Homeshare arrangement offers access to low cost (only £99 per month), support, peace of mind for Householder and family members, and the reassurance of having someone trusted to rely on.

Contact us:
Supportmatch Coordinators: Sibel Whitehead / Zaira De Novellis
Main Office: 01604 905 517 / London Office: 0203 633 6066
info@supportmatch.co.uk / zaira@supportmatct.co.uk / sibel@supportmatch.co.uk

Mrs H and Virginia, together for 3 years and 6 months. London 2019

 

Trustees Wanted!

If you would like to use your skills and experience at Board level to help us with our work with older people in Brent, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for committed individuals to expand the range of Trustee skills as well as to consolidate existing skills on our Board. We require dynamic and motivated people who want to contribute actively to the Board by giving strategic direction; setting overall policy; defining goals and setting targets; evaluating performance; ensuring the charity’s effective and efficient administration; and ensuring financial stability.

We want to have a wide range of people on the Board, and seek to be representative of the diverse population of Brent. There is no need to have trustee experience to apply although an interest in supporting older people is necessary.

Trustees are expected to:
– attend up to ten meetings a year plus an Annual General Meeting;
– contribute advice and support on an ad hoc basis; and
– attend events.

Please contact Jenny Davison, Chief Executive in the first instance on 020 8206 7507 or email: jennyd@eldersvoice.org.uk.

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Elders Voice Annual General Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday 16th October 2019, 2pm-4pm. We will be sharing the charity’s activities over the past financial year and catching up with members over tea and cake. If you would like to attend, please contact Anna Southwood, Operations Manager for an invitation: 0208 206 7500 / annas@eldersvoice.org.uk. We hope to see you there!

Juice: My Juiciest Juicy Bits

It’s time for another sneak peek inside our fundraising calendar ‘In Rude Health’. Meet Jean & Richard, our February cover stars and generous souls, who have volunteered their time for Elders Voice on numerous occasions. In order to meet the rest of the ‘In Rude Health’ gang, you’ll have to buy yourself a copy! Below the photograph is a bitingly honest poem ‘Juice: My Juiciest Juicy Bits’, penned by Richard (an emerging activist poet), who was kind enough to let us share it with you. Enjoy!

Juice: My Juiciest Juicy Bits
by Richard Downes

April 2018
Upon achieving redundancy
I find myself selling my body
Conceding principles
Opening my mind

By summertime
Unwaged but hopeful
I find myself peeling off my clothes
For a damned char-i-dee
If not for love nor friendship Read More

Become a member!

We are happy to announce the Elders Voice membership scheme is now open! For just £10 a year you will receive: a discount on our classes, invites to all our events, regular news & updates and the right to vote at our AGM. Find out more by clicking here.

 

Pay It Forward

A few months ago we were approached by two students from Queens Park Community School, who were interested in learning about Elders Voice. Cassius and Ayan, close to finishing their first year of sixth form, had undertaken a project called Pay It Forward which involved connecting with local charities. Along with other students in their year, they had been set the task of researching a local charity and presenting their findings back to the school. The students with the best presentation won £500 to donate to their chosen charity.

Charming, intelligent and armed with their smartphones for taking notes, Cassius and Ayan grilled us with a variety of questions including what were our plans for the charity’s future and how would we spend £500, if we were to receive a donation of this amount. The feedback from the teachers was that Cassius and Ayan’s presentation was simple, moving and delivered with verve. In fact, it was Ayan’s impassioned plea to his fellow students, to take an interest in the local community and help others less fortunate, that swayed it for the teachers and the studious pair scooped the prize! Not long after, we were invited to the school and presented with a cheque for £500.

We are deeply touched by the interest Cassius and Ayan have shown in Elders Voice and incredibly grateful to Queens Park Community School for donating such a generous sum of money. Thank you to all involved for helping us support older people in Brent.

 

Dementia Cafés Update

We are happy to announce a further extension of our Dementia Cafés until January 2020. This means our café members will continue to receive support, advice and respite for two hours every week. For more information about our Dementia Cafés, please call Lynn Burling on 0208 968 8170 or click here.

 

Healthwatch Brent

Healthwatch Brent is a statutory organisation which champions the voice of patients and carers locally. The organisation works to help local people get the best out of their health and social care services. Healthwatch Brent’s vision is that: “Brent residents can contribute to the development of quality health and social care services in Brent.”

Healthwatch Brent are involved in running, co-ordinating and supporting events, projects and activities. It gathers information and feedback from patients and service-users. So, have your say on healthcare in Brent and contact Healthwatch Brent today!

Contact details: www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk / info@healthwatchbrent.co.uk.  Information & Signposting: 020 3598 6414 / Office: 020 8912 5831.

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In Rude Health

Inspired by Calendar Girls and born out of a desire to increase unrestricted funding; In Rude Health is a fundraising calendar dreamt up by Karolina Januszek, Operations Director at Elders Voice. In addition to raising money for Elders Voice, the calendar also aims to challenge stereotypes around ageing and change the public’s perception of age. Adorning the calendar months are a bevy of nude models including London based dancer Christopher Dunham, Founder of Bolder Voices Clair Chapwell and upcoming stand-up comedian Walter McLaren. The models were photographed by the amazingly talented Liam Young, who managed to capture the spirit of the campaign in every shot and coax out a cheeky but tasteful pose from each individual. We are forever grateful to these individuals for volunteering their time and daring to bare for a good cause. We hope In Rude Health will make you smile and maybe even blush but above all we hope it will inspire you to be bold at any age! To buy your copy of In Rude Health and help support older people in Brent, please click here.