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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

In a room I know in June
Yellow walls reflecting sanity
Peeked at by the model finder
Photographer, Assistant
Fellow models
I’m defined as cool

October 2018
I cover up with jumpers
Looking back at the sky clad
Days and realise through aging
I have lost the low self esteem
The ragged body image

Still unwaged still hopeful
As the nudie calendar goes to press
With me in 3 states of undress
I look for sales
And further discovery
As a naked, stammering activist poet

19 sixty something
The Royal Albert Hall
Ginsberg strips off
To read and share Howl
In Highgate I howl to strip off again

Then today
I finally realise
As much as I dream of stardom
And being wanted by the hordes
Not even the Job Centre really wants me

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.

An Intergenerational Adventure!

During the month of April our Day Centre clients embarked on an intergenerational adventure with pupils from Newfield Primary School. In partnership with The Music Project, we hosted a weekly music session in which pupils visited our Day Centre and sang & danced with our clients. The musical repertoire included old favourites like “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain” and “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'”, which were sung with oomph & gusto and accompanied by the shaking of maracas & tambourines! The pupils’ infectious energy had a magical effect on our clients, some of whom have dementia, and by the end of each session there was a renewed sense of vitality and openness. In the very first session, the pupils gravitated towards Justin (a keen dancer) and Mary (a keen singer), and apparently talked about them with fervour on the journey home. The final session was held at Newfield Primary School in which the pupils and clients performed the songs they had been practising to the rest of the school. It was a riotous occasion with tea and cake at the end and a chance to say a fond farewell. This project not only enriched the present for some of our clients but also gave both children and adults the opportunity to discover a world beyond themselves. Amongst many other positive outcomes; intergenerational contact can strengthen communities and improve attitudes towards ageing, so we thank The Music Project and Newfield Primary School for bringing this project to life and inviting Elders Voice to be involved. We look forward to more intergenerational adventures in the future!

 

Some good news

We previously reported that due to the early termination of funding, our Kensal Green Dementia Café would be closing at the end of May. Fortunately we have been able to extend the Kensal Green Café, which will now run until Friday 27th September. If you would like any further details, please contact Lynn Burling, Dementia Café Project Manager on 0208 968 8170 or email: lynnb@eldersvoice.org.uk.