Age UK’s website is a brilliant source of information for older people. Amongst the many advice articles, leaflets and specialist features, their Money and Legal section is particularly helpful. Here are some of the key links from this section of their website:
Beyond the NHS: Addressing The Root Causes of Poor Health
As a country we are still overly preoccupied with cure rather than prevention and it is leading to an inefficient allocation of public spending and stagnating health. There is an urgency to address the root causes of poor health and this can only be achieved by tackling the social determinants. It has been estimated that healthcare is only responsible for between 15 and 43% of health outcomes. This is the conclusion of a new report that focuses its attention on the social determinants of health, as research consistently indicates that these account for a far larger share of health outcomes.
The report looks beyond healthcare and the NHS, to investigate the social and economic conditions that can cause ill health in the first place. The report suggests that there is an urgent need to reorient health policy towards tackling the root socioeconomic causes of poor health. From poor quality housing to knife crime, from skills deprivation to in-work poverty and homelessness, the great socioeconomic challenges of our time are also our great health challenges.
Age UK Calderdale and Kirklees FREE Home Energy Visits
These visits aim to reduce people’s energy bills whilst keeping them warm and well at home by offering:
- Practical advice about keeping warm
- Information about winter benefits
- Advice about smarter use of energy
- Referral to other useful services if needed
- Installation of free energy saving devices such as draught excluders, radiator panels, timers and cold alarms
- Installation of free energy saving light bulbs
And best of all, it is all FREE
Age UK is working with E.ON and First Utility to provide Home Energy Visits. The aim of the visit is to deliver practical energy efficiency information and expert advice to older people. The project will enable people to change energy use behaviour and benefit from small practical measures which could potentially reduce their energy bills whilst remaining warm and well in their own homes.
How do I get a free home visit?
To qualify for the Home Energy visit you must be :
- Over 65 and on low income (below £16,190 p.a )and /or
- Over 65 and living with a disability or other medical condition
- Over 65 and living in a hard to heat property.
For more information or to book your home energy check, please contact us on 01422 252040 / 01484 535994
Citizens Advice Calderdale has launched a new service called ‘Help to Claim’ for those who need to apply for Universal Credit in Calderdale.
They are working in collaboration with the Citizens Advice Network and more locally with Calderdale Council and Job Centre Plus (Calderdale) to support people in submitting their Universal credit application to get their first full payment.
Help will be tailored to the individual and be available; face to face, over the phone (0800 144 8444) and online through webchat and advice content (www.citizensadvice.org.uk). This may include assistance with the online application form or help with providing evidence like childcare costs.
The main drop-in has now moved to Customer First so that they can work with the existing Council team to help people start a claim and get ready for their work coach appointment. They will be there Monday to Friday, 10:00am-1:00pm for clients needing help with making a claim and generalist advice needs.
Just as a reminder, they continue to offer bespoke debt advice via their team of specialist debt caseworkers, who help people manage problem debt and the Improving Lives team who help clients make appeals in relation to ESA, PIP and DLA.
Community Spirit Awards – Vote Now!
The Community Foundation for Calderdale believes that local charities, community groups and volunteers are local heroes.
Their Community Spirit Awards celebrate the often unsung heroes who work in our community, often in extremely challenging situations.
From charities to individuals who give of their time and energy the awards highlight the people at the centre of the brilliant work being done here in Calderdale.
This is your chance to nominate your own charitable organisation or nominate a charitable organisation that has supported you.
Voting closes August 30th 2019. The awards ceremony will take place on November 21st at The Venue Barkisland.
Have your say on your bus information
West Yorkshire Combined Authority is looking at how to provide information about bus services in a way that best meets people’s requirements.
They are asking for public feedback on their proposed Bus Information Strategy between Monday 1 July and Sunday 25 August. Find out more about how you can have your say at: www.yourvoice.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/bus-information-strategy
As well as being able to take part online, people will be able to use printed questionnaires to provide feedback via Freepost. There will also be a series of organised focus groups at colleges and community groups along with drop-in sessions at bus stations across the county.
Drop-in sessions will take place between 10am and 2pm on:
- Friday 26 July at Halifax Bus Station
- Wednesday 31 July at Huddersfield Bus Station
- Friday 2 August at Castleford Bus Station
- Tuesday 6 August at Wakefield Bus Station
- Wednesday 7 August at Leeds Bus Station
- Friday 9 August at Dewsbury Bus Station
- Wednesday 14 August at Dewsbury Bus Station
- Thursday 22 August at Bradford Interchange
Questionnaires are available from Bus Station Travel Centres at Centres at Bradford Interchange, Castleford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Pontefract and Wakefield bus stations
Earlier this year, many of our readers were involved in a Healthwatch survey about the NHS Long Term Plan.
The resulting report has now been published, and can be found here along with a response from the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Care Partnership. https://www.wyhpartnership.co.uk/get-involved/longtermplan.
The report has gone to all the key decision making boards in the region. The 5 year plan for the NHS in West Yorkshire and Harrogate has to be written by the autumn and it will include a chapter on mental health, carers, and urgent care, all the themes from the NHS Long Term Plan. So each programme lead for each of these areas is going to be asked to include a section in their chapter on how they have listened to and incorporated what people have said from the report.
And that is just the way it is being used at a West Yorkshire and Harrogate level, each local area (Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield) will also be using it to inform the development of their local plans regarding health.
If you would like to keep up to date with Healthwatch’s work, you can sign up to receive news from your local Healthwatch using the links below.
Healthwatch Kirklees https://healthwatchkirklees.co.uk/contact-us/
Healthwatch Calderdale https://www.healthwatchcalderdale.co.uk/