Hello Bowes and Bounds Connected

I feel very fortunate to have started a new post at Age UK working with the Forum for Older People as Development Officer.

The Forum has been in existence for almost 10 years and has done much good work across the Borough, putting across the views of older people from diverse backgrounds and circumstances, campaiging on many issues and raising awareness of the needs and potential of older people.

They organise many events and offer a means of communication and support for older people such as with their newsletter,Older and Bolder Voices. As with many publicly-funded organisations, the Forum is now is a transitional period as it moves away from Council funding. We have some funding from them until the end of March next year to assist with this. My post is to help in this transition to a more independent and self-funding body and I have another five months to help bring this about.

The Forum has some very skilled and experienced older people who work ceaselessly on a voluntary basis to keep the work of the Forum going. I am committed to help make sure the Forum has a future- not only for its 850 odd individual members and associated groups such as sheltered housing. but for those not yet aware of its existence and work. It is needed even more in today's changed circumstances.

I shall be providing through  B&B Connected regular updates but also appeals for help (time, money, gifts etc. ) once we have a programme of fund-raising events organised. We are also keen to work with local traders and businesses perhaps in terms of some sponsorship links and events, for example. I am also aware of the great work that our neighbours, The Enfield Over 50s Forum does.

Please do get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions plus if you would like to help out in some way or to be linked to us. Age is no limit- we are keen to have some intergenerational activities going on.

Watch this space..... Ruth

Contact details- You can contact me through this website or-

Age UK Haringey, 20e Waltheof Gardens, Tottenham, London N17.

Phone- 0208 885 8358 

Email ruth.cherrington@ageukharingey.org.uk

Hours of work: Monday and Tuesday, 9-5pm.

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Comment by Adrian Essex on November 1, 2011 at 10:25

Ruth, I have just referred to your blog on OpinioN8 in response to a very specific question about activities for the elderly suggesting that the questioner contact you. I hope this is the right thing to do. If you would like to make your work more widely known please do publish your blog again on the OpinioN8 blog pages

Comment by Ruth Cherrington on November 1, 2011 at 17:57

Thanks Adrian for doing that. I should sign up for OpinioN8 sometime, would be another good way of reaching to people. 

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