The main aim of the Tendring Older People’s Forum is to explore the needs of the older population of the Tendring District and make recommendations for service delivery. The forum is open to all residents of Tendring who feel that life begins at 50 and want to share their ideas or concerns with like minded people.
Wally Bensilum, Chairman.
Contact details: Tendring Older People’s Forum c/o CVST Tel: 01255 425692; or use the contact us page
Next Meeting: Friday 20th January 2017
Venue: Weeley Council Offices
Agenda - available soon
Please note that the next two meetings of the Tendring Older People’s Forum will be held a week earlier than usual as the Weeley Council Chamber is not available on our usual last Friday of the month.
2017: 10am Friday 20th January 2017 and 10am Friday, 24th March 2017
Minutes of previous meetings:
Electrical Safety First
Keeping warm in winter is especially important for older people but Age Alliance Member Electrical Safety First are highlighting the need to take particular care when using portable heaters. Those aged 80 and over made up nearly 40% of the fatalities caused by portable heater fires last year but research by Electrical Safety First found that 33% of people would use a portable heater to keep an elderly relative warm. Electrical Safety First discovered more than half of those surveyed would use portable heaters as an alternative to keep warm this winter – yet 38% admitted that they would leave a heater switched on and unattended, with 21% saying they would leave one switched on overnight. And with portable heaters having caused 73 deaths, around 1000 injuries and over 3,800 fires since 2009/10, the dangers posed by using them incorrectly are very real. To minimise risk, Electrical Safety First and Fire and Rescue Services have produced the following guidance:
- Never leave portable heaters unattended
- Never leave them on whilst sleeping
- Ensure they are positioned safely, away from anything which could knock them over
- Place them at least a metre – around three feet – away from combustible material, such as paper or curtains
- Never buy second-hand halogen heaters
- Don’t plug halogen heaters into an extension lead – these can be easily overloaded and cause fires
- Regularly check your heater and, if it is damaged, don’t use it.
Useful links this winter!
Get Ready for Winter
Benefits advice for older people
Cold weather payment scheme
Winter Fuel Payment
Energy Efficiency Grants
Donating Winter Fuel payments
Age UK Winter Wrapped Up
Disability Rights – Help with heating factsheet
Essex Police information on being safe, including securing your home against burglars
Essex County Fire and Rescue – fire safety information
Trading Standards advice
Silverline, a confidential advice service for older people, launched by Esther Rantzen
Information on Flu Jabs
Cold Weather Plan
Older People's Meeting in Biberach, Germany
Click here to see the report from the Older People's Meeting in Bibierach, Germany.
Useful information: Click on the links for further information.
End of Life Care Strategy for NE Essex
This document is now approved by the CCG Board, finalised and published.
Close to home - An inquiry into older people and human rights in home care
Click here for a copy of the report by the Equalty and Human Rights Commission that is now being highlighted in the press.
ECC Older People Planning Group
Formed in December 1995, the Older People Planning Group (OPPG) welcomes anyone who is interested in issues that may affect older people’s quality of life either www.essex.gov.uk or www.engageessex.org.uk
Future East ‘Wising up to older lives in East of England’
Future East is a unique membership body, bringing together different perspectives to make life better for older people in the East of England. www.futureeast.org.uk