2019 October Newsletter

October Newsletter

2018-2019 – A busy year

The last year has seen the 50+ Forum in Carmarthenshire make progress in several ways with a sharper focus and building momentum. Things that have helped us move forward are:-
Work done to develop a Carmarthenshire 50+ Strategic Plan and Operational Plan, which further clarified our purpose and defined our direction of travel.
Clear messages from our members in the 2018 survey helping us to define priorities for activities going forward.
Reaching out to members and other organizations with presentations to eight community groups in Carmarthenshire which have helped clarify the local challenges that people face daily.
Responses to requests in the 50+ Newsletter have now led to new members joining the 50+ Steering Group, increasing our capacity and bringing in a diverse set of skills and experience.

Thank you to everyone who has made 2018/2019 such a good year for Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum – community groups, individual members, the 50+ Steering Group and our solid support from colleagues at Carmarthenshire County Council. Thank you all!

Wyn Llewellyn
Interim Chair
Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum

Annual Event 2019

The big news this month is another successful annual event with around 500 members attending the National Botanical Gardens. We featured themes based on the priority issues raised by members, with keynote contributions from Welsh Government minister Julie Morgan and Dr Charles Musselwhite of Swansea University’s Centre for Innovative Ageing. Key areas were Health and Wellbeing and also getting online.

A full report can be viewed on our website

Bytes and Bites

On Friday 18th October we brought you something new – in partnership with Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum, Carmarthen Town Council and Dr Mz: ten young people volunteered to show us older people how to do stuff on a smartphone, tablet or computer. These youngsters were specially trained by Digital Communities Wales so they could show us just how much we can get from using these devices.

We are pleased to say that this event in Carmarthen was a great success and we aim to launch similar events elsewhere in the county. Future events will be announced over the next few months.

Your Steering Group

We were delighted with the response to our call for new members of the Steering Group. Though there is plenty of room for more – so if you are interested please, please get in touch. At October’s meeting we welcomed three new members.

To see the biographies for Sian Thomas, Karen Hughes and Bill Martin and other steering group members go to our website.

Election of Officers

At the October Steering Group meeting we elected new officers to represent and lead on our activities. We look forward to the new team guiding us through the challenges we face.

The Steering Group still needs people to Lead or help in some areas of its work, e.g. the Annual Event and the Walking Well activities and is also looking to fill the Secretary position. If you can help, please contact us.

Andrew Kurzfeld
appointed Chairman, with his previous responsibilities for Walking Well moving elsewhere

Jane Davidson
reappointed Treasurer

Sian Thomas
appointed Press Officer

Wyn Llewellyn
former chair is now our Community Engagement Lead

Presentations to Community Groups

We continue to deliver presentations about the Carmarthenshire 50+ organisation to community groups and have met with a number of interesting and varied organisations in the last couple of months. Just recently we met with a group of 35 people in Brynamman. We were aware that the group was Welsh speaking and were able to send a Welsh speaker.
If you have a group that would benefit from hearing about our organisation, especially if you wish to become more involved or have potential new members then please contact our secretary. But please let us know if you need it in Welsh so that we can be sure to send the right people along.

Staying in touch with us

We love to tell you what we are up to but are especially keen to hear from you about issues that are important to you and any of your suggestions.
For those of you with email addresses we send this newsletter approximately every two months. For those without, we send our annual newsletter by post.
This is obviously not regular enough and we are looking at ways to use local print media to keep in touch with those who rely on non-digital means. Then, for those who can, we also want to engage with you through social media.
For those of you with email addresses we have this newsletter which is sent every few months.

If you are on Facebook, then can I ask you to please like and follow our Facebook page. This allows us to keep you informed about our activities. But even better, please search for and join our Facebook members group “50+ Carmarthenshire Members”. This is an exclusive group for members to chat with us and with other members. Its great if you take part in the conversations in the group because we hear about what is important to you and we all share what is happening in our county.

No Facebook, then by all means email us, or write into us via Carmarthenshire County Council, County Hall, Carmarthen SA31 1JP.

Have any of your friends lost touch with us? We do lose people from time to time because they move house or change their email address. If anyone you know is a member and hasn’t heard from us in a while get them to drop us a line so we can sort the problem out. After all they could miss out on something important.

Dementia Together

Dementia Together is read by Alzheimer’s Society supporters and people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Its features share stories and concerns of people with dementia and carers. They aim to portray the reality of life with dementia and of being a carer – including its more challenging aspects – while maintaining a positive, constructive and respectful tone.
Wish to read a copy? A link is here. The magazine is also available in printable format.
Centre for Ageing & Dementia Research
A PhD project, based at the Centre for Innovative Ageing and funded through the Wales School for Social Care Research, is researching the experience and needs of older Welsh speakers in care. They are looking for people to be part of a steering group to guide, inform, advise, support and monitor this study.

They would welcome members with direct experience of living in care, families or close friends of people in care or those with a professional interest in this area.
If you would like to be involved or to know more please visit or contact Angharad Higgins via email.

Free Home Energy Checks – Age Cymru

Age Cymru Sir Gar are offering free home energy checks for people living in Llanelli, Burry Port and Ammanford areas.

Does your home feel cold? Are you worried about paying your energy bills? As part of the Warm Homes programme provided by Age Cymru Sir Gar, you can receive a free home energy check. During a home energy check, a handyperson will come to your home and install free energy efficient equipment, such as light bulbs, night lights, draught excluders and radiator panels.

Contact – Peter by email or telephone on 01554 784080

Pension Credit
Make sure you receive what your entitled to
The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales has seen the positive difference that Pension Credit can make to older people’s lives but every year thousands of older people in Wales miss out on millions of pounds of unclaimed financial entitlements.
If your weekly pension is less than £167.25 (£255.25 for couples), you may be eligible for Pension Credit, which tops up your income and unlocks a range of other entitlements, such as council tax discounts, free dental treatment and help with housing costs. You may still be entitled to Pension Credit even if you own your own home or have savings and other income.
Call the Pension Credit claim line now to make sure you receive what you’re entitled to!
0800 99 1234
The average amount of Pension Credit received by those claiming is £58 a week, which could boost your income by as much as £3,000 a year!
It’s really easy to claim Pension Credit – all it takes is a phone call. You just need your national insurance number, your bank details and information about your income and savings.

Contact us:

Email: carmarthenshire50@gmail.com
Phone: 01267 224462
Post: Carmarthenshire 50+ Forum
c/o Carmarthenshire County Council
County Hall, Carmarthen. SA31 1JP

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