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Future East Photo Competition

UK Older People’s Day is on 1st October every year to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main aim for the day is to be a celebration of the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society and the economy. Older People’s Day supports the campaign to challenge negative attitudes and outdated stereotypes.

October is Celebrating Age Month and our AGM is on October 17th during our Open Meeting at the Holiday Inn, Histon, Cambridgeshire CB24 9PH. So join us in celebrating Older People and the organisations that support them by sharing all the amazing people and projects that are going on across the Eastern Region.

The closing date for entries is 30th September.

For more information please contact or Susannah Harris on 07858456946


Ageing: The Silver Lining Report

gerryOpportunities and Challenges of an ageing society for local government.

Gerry Calder, Chair of Future East was invited to attend the launch of “Ageing: The Silver Lining – a report on the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population for local government” by the LGA Task and Finish Group on Ageing, hosted on behalf of the Local Government Association by Baroness Greengross at the House of Commons on Wednesday 24th June.

The scale of demographic change over the next 25 years is dramatic and has never been seen on this scale before.  For the first time in history older people will outnumber the number of children under 5 years old.

The report highlights the increasing contribution an older population could make to society and the economy through empowered local government and challenges the commonly held belief that an ageing population is a burden.

Gerry added it is always good to see the outcomes of partnership working.

By speaking up for their age, the reflected voices of older people in the East of England  have helped shape this important report.

I am honoured to be their chosen  elected representative, on Future East the regional forum on ageing which gives me higher place to convey the fact that older people make a huge contribution to the life of their local areas through providing unpaid care, involvement in civic organisations and other forms of volunteering as well as forming the core of many valued social meeting groups.

These help combat loneliness and isolation, But there is still much more to be done, there is still the need to continue to tackle age discrimination and negative attitudes towards older people across society and the media.

Being able to fly the flag for Future East on these issues is thanks to the working in partnership of  the East of England Older Peoples elected representatives  and other statuary services without whose support and involvement  older people’s voices would be much diminished. Our many thanks to them. They do this despite the Central Government budget cuts having left them of the edge of the precipice and struggling to make ends meet, they recognise the importance of nurturing and supporting older peoples input.

Future East  will continue to work in partnerships towards highlighting the necessity  for a  new and improved financial settlement for local government as there is widespread agreement that the financing of social care is completely inadequate and that there is also a need for further resources for the NHS.

A new and integrated financial settlement in these areas is crucial with a ageing society.

A copy of the full report can be downloaded here

Future East Open Meeting Tuesday 14th July 10am-3pm


Stevenage Borough Council Offices
Daneshill House, Danestrete, Stevenage. SG1 1HN

Are you over 50 or do you represent an organisation that supports people who are over 50?  Would you like to know how to keep yourself and your family safe from scams? Learn about Capital Gains Tax and other aspects of income tax that affect older people? Find out about your local Carers’ Trust and the services they offer for carers and their families and friends? If the answer to any of these is yes, then come to our open meeting on Tuesday July 14th at Stevenage Borough Council.

We have three expert speakers who will also be available to answer your questions during the free lunch.

Susie Helliwell Hertfordshire County Council Trading Standards Officer, on how to avoid scams

Neil Clurow and Alan Mutton from Tax Volunteers, delivering tax support for older people

Vanessa Perkins from Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North, on their ‘Helping You Care’ Service, Carer Cafes and support and information for carers in light of the new care act from 1st April 2015

Please contact Susannah Harris if you would like the agenda for the day or have any queries, at or on 07858 456946


Silver Circles Project

The Silver Circles project

A three year project funded by Comic Relief to Benefit the financial health of older people across the Eastern Region

We are looking for people to get involved with Silver Circles in their own area

What is a SILVER CIRCLE? –Silver Circles are small groups of friends, family, neighbours or social groups who are 60 or over, who meet for 5 conversations of 2 hours on a weekly basis. We discuss how to save money and increase disposable income by sharing information, deals and ideas.

How will it be useful? You will learn something for yourself, your family, your friends and your neighbours that will benefit you each week.

How can you get involved?  We are looking for conductors and participants:

  • Conductor– this is a voluntary position and is the person who will lead the conversations each week. You should be able to facilitate 5 sessions of 2 hours each on consecutive weeks using the Silver Circles material and will receive a two hour training session by yourself or with other volunteers in your area/place of work. You will also need to spend about I hour a week of home reading/preparation and will have ongoing support from the project co-ordinator.

Future East can help you to find a group to work with. We can also help you find a venue, which we shall pay for, including refreshments and shall provide all the resources that are needed to run the conversations.

You do not need to be over 60 to be a Conductor.

Participant – you must be 60 or over or be a carer of someone who 60 or over. You should be able to attend the 5 Conversations on consecutive weeks and spend 30-45 minutes of home reading/preparation in between sessions.

Think about people you know – Do you know anyone who would benefit from being part of one of our Silver Circles?

For more information contact Susannah Harris on 07858456946 or

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Money Matters Event in Cambridge

Future East is pleased to invite you to our free event on ‘Money Matters’ that is taking place at the Holiday Inn, Histon, from 10 – 3 on March 9th. As you will see from the agenda we shall be presenting information that is extremely relevant to older people as well as access to 1:1 information from a variety of organisations in the afternoon.
If you would like to attend, either on your own behalf or to gain information that you will cascade back to your own organisation that supports older people, please complete and return the  booking form.
We would appreciate it if you would circulate this invitation to other individuals and organisations that you feel would benefit from attending this event. Please note that numbers are limited so that a place must be booked in advance.
For the first time we shall be including a stall running the Future East project, Silver Circles, which is funded by Comic Relief. This project works with older people to see how they can save money and increase their income through small but important changes in their lives.
More details here

Future East Members’ Meeting 26th January, 2014

Members’ Meeting 26th January, 2014 Meadows Centre, Cambridge 10am-3pm

The focus of our January meeting is ‘Being a good consultee’.  With speakers including Julian Huppert, MP for Cambridge and NHS and LA representatives we will consider how best to make our voices heard from a personal and organisational perspective.  With updates on the work of Future East and the opportunity to catch up on regional news we hope you will agreed this is an effective way to start the year.  If you would like to book a place or need any further information please email or call Susannah on 07858 456946

Please feel free to share details of this event with colleagues who would be interested in attending.

Domiciliary Care Service Research

How does being in receipt of care affect an older person’s sense of self and how they are seen by others?
How do care practices promote dignity and autonomy?
How does being in receipt of care affect quality of life and well-being?
Sue Hughes is a Doctoral researcher at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge/Essex interested in how domiciliary care interacts with an older person’s sense of self, and how home care practices promote feelings of dignity, self-esteem, autonomy and impact on quality of life and well-being. Sue is interested in speaking to older people (age 65+) who receive care in their own homes. Read more on the Consultation & Research page of the Future East site.