National Old Stuff Day

National Old Stuff Day 2017

March 2nd marks National Old Stuff Day, a day to appreciate, well… old stuff! From long forgotten trinkets gathering rust and dust in the attic right through to treasured family heirlooms and antiques, today’s the day to acknowledge it all!

There are many ways to celebrate National Old Stuff Day, from learning about your family history, to fixing up old clothes, or even taking old items down to your local Age UK… With the latter in mind, we at Age UK London thought we’d raise awareness about National Old Stuff Day by having our staff discuss some of their most treasured possessions.

Happy New Year From Age UK London!

Happy new year! It’s been a fantastic last twelve months here at Age UK London: we’ve moved to a brand new office; hosted an election hustings with all four major mayoral candidates; and celebrated another successful year of our Fit 4 Purpose project! There have been a huge number of individual achievements too though. With that in mind, we wanted to use our last blog of the year to let our staff members tell you about their favourite moments of 2016 and to outline their ambitions for the coming twelve months.

Taking Care of Business: The Age UK London Business Directory

The Age UK London Business Directory is a catalogue of companies that have had all of their credentials checked and vetted by the Business Directory’s staff. The service helps to protect older people from rogue traders by only putting them in contact with the Business Directory’s trusted companies. This week I spoke to the Business Directory’s Marketing and Sales Officer Jessica Jarvis to find out more about the service and how things have changed this year: “Over the past few months we have been working to improve our service – not only for our customers, but for our businesses too. […]

Mayoral Candidate Blog – Zac Goldsmith

Age UK London recently hosted a London Mayoral Hustings for Older People and have also released ‘Making London a Great Place to Grow Older‘ a manifesto for older Londoners.  We asked the four candidates who attended our Hustings if they would write a blog post for older Londoners. Here, we have the second of these pieces, from Zac Goldsmith, Conservative MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston. Older Londoners contribute immeasurably to our capital’s success. As entrepreneurs and employees, you add almost £50 billion to London’s economy. But even more importantly, older people provide the ties that bind Londoners together, whether as […]

Mayoral Candidate Blog – Caroline Pidgeon

Age UK London recently hosted a London Mayoral Hustings for Older People and have also released ‘Making London a Great Place to Grow Older‘ a manifesto for older Londoners.  We asked the four candidates who attended our Hustings if they would write a blog post for older Londoners. Here, we have the first of these pieces, from Caroline Pidgeon, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat London Assembly Group. It is often said that London is a young city. And it is certainly true that London has more young people than many other parts of the country.  London is a place […]

Make Older People a Mayoral Priority!

Three months today, on 3 May 2012, up to two million Londoners aged 50+ will cast their votes in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections. We know that older people are more likely to vote in elections than other age groups. The Mayor plays a key role in running London and many of his/her areas of responsibility can have a direct effect on older people’s lives and wellbeing. Share this post: Recommend on Facebook Tweet about it Print for later Tell a friend

The Cold Weather Kills

According to the BBC News, winter weather alerts aimed at helping vulnerable people during cold snaps are to be introduced in England: “Under the new arrangements, the Met will issue alerts depending on the severity of the conditions. In total, there will be four alerts, each of which will ask local agencies, including NHS trusts and councils, to carry out certain duties. For example, at level three, which would have been reached last winter, health and social care staff should consider daily visits to the most vulnerable.” Can someone tell me please, where the people and money are going to […]

“Them’s Fightin’ Words…” – Terry Pratchett takes on Alzheimer’s Disease

Terry Pratchett is best known for the “Discworld” novels – if you are already a fan then they need no introduction. If you aren’t, then you are seriously missing out. How to describe them? “Comic fantasy” is far too vague, so imagine if Douglas Adams had called PG Wodehouse, Frankie Howerd, Terry Gilliam and the Monty Python team to the pub and said “Listen lads, we’re going to write a book” and you are probably almost there. More recently, Terry Pratchett has become known for his fund-raising and campaigning work as he suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Share this post: Recommend […]

GP Commissioning – Diagnosis? Missed Opportunity…

There has been much in the press recently about the new role of GPs in commissioning NHS services, and many areas are already forming the shadow health boards that are going to deliver this change. Is it going to improve services or the nation’s health? Sadly I think this is doubtful. Why? Well, first a quick story. There was once a farmer in Wales who was annoyed by local RAF aircraft. Because his barn was at the end of a long valley, RAF Tornado fighter bombers would use it as a target to practise low level bombing runs. The farmer […]