Campaign to end loneliness- Connections in old age

August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Isolation is a subject which I have covered in previous blog entries and to my delight yesterday I received a great blog comment telling me all about ‘Campaign to end loneliness’.

The campaign was created in 2010 by four incredible organisations: Age UK Oxfordshire, Counsel and Care, Independent Age and WRVS, all organisations who work hands on with elderly people, the demographic who are likely to suffer from the effects of loneliness.

Campaign to end lonelinessThe campaign funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is a fantastic example of how working together can really make a difference. Collectively the organisations are trying to raise further awareness of loneliness and the extent to which it can affect people’s well-being, along with brain storming preventative actions.

Backed up with extensive research and professional guidance from GP’s, social workers and careers to get a real picture of how to tackle the problem effectively, the campaign shows real promise as it’s encouraging people to share their thoughts and offers tips to feeling happier and healthier.

The campaign is extremely insightful and contains well thought out research, with useful links to organisations which are actively working to avoid loneliness. Support the campaign and help to end loneliness.

Annette’s Websites of the Week -27th-1st July 2011

July 1, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Annette's websites of the week – The official Wimbledon website

Wimbledon-logoWimbledon is in full swing and as the finals arrive this weekend I am sure that the excitement will hit fever pitch. I’ve been following Wimbledon online this year as with a busy schedule it is difficult to watch every match.

The team at Wimbledon have updated their official Twitter site to keep followers informed on the latest scores, weather delays and even celebrity guests. Wimbledon’s official website is also worth checking out for details on matches, news from the tournament, official photographs, tickets and much more.  – Women’s Royal Voluntary Services


Earlier this week I blogged about the ‘Gold Age Power List’ which directed me to the WRVS website. I have to say that it’s a wonderful website. With the tag line of ‘positive about age, practical about life’ and a really welcoming landing page I felt compelled to give the site some of my time.

Already knowing a little about the WRVS as a voluntary service, I knew that their credentials – offering voluntary help to support independent living amongst the elderly, were something that I would connect with immediately.

Like all charity websites there are ways to get involved with the WRVS online. But this particular site offers much more, with everything from a blog, to real stories and a memory wall which allows users to upload old photographs. I think that the site feels very much like a community and one which is great to get involved with- Most definitely worth having a look into.

Virginia’s new iPad– Youtube Video-

This video really brought a smile to my face. Featuring Virginia, a 100 year old lady who is getting to grips with her iPad.

I read that Virginia’s family suggested she got an iPad to enable her to start reading again. After suffering from poor vision she was struggling to read from normal paperback books. However, the bright light of an iPad enabled her to relive her passion for literature.

The video is a great example showing that elderly people can enjoy the perks of modern technology as much as anybody else. Brilliant!

The UK’s 66 over 66 – Gold Age Power List by WRVS

June 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Putting HRH the Queen, Sir Alex Ferguson and Mick Jagger in the same sentence seems a little bizarre. However, today they have all being listed on the Gold Age Power List which recognises the contributions to society from people aged 66 and over.

The Gold Age Power list or ‘The UK’s 66 over 66’  includes some pretty impressive names and highlight the fact that elderly people here in the UK really are making a difference within all areas of society from arts and literature, business, public services, sports and local community help.

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The judging panels, which  included Good Housekeeping editor Lindsay Nicholson and Gransnet editor Geraldine Bedell, had a tough job choosing the 66 featured (they went for 66 people over the age of 66 as it fitted nicely with the 1945 baby boom).

Of course, the panel did a fantastic job and have managed to include a hugely diverse list of people who have made outstanding contributions and proved that age doesn’t have to come with the stigma of becoming a burden to society.

Joining the Queen on 2011’s list includes Delia Smith, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, David Attenborough, funny man Billy Connolly, my favourite actress Dame Judi Dench, Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis, Sir Paul McCartney and scientist Robert Winston along with a host of others.


Joining those familiar names is a selection of local volunteers who work tirelessly within their community to make where they work and live much better places. The inclusion of hardworking, ordinary people has really drawn my attention to the list. As it’s wonderful to be able to congratulation volunteers, who save Britain millions of pounds every year, alongside the Queen and other highly thought after figures.

What a great way to show that age doesn’t, and shouldn’t stop anyone from achieving great things!

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