Agenda and minutes

Older People's Partnership - Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10.00 am

Venue: Boardroom, BFVA, Amber House, Market Street, Bracknell

Contact: Emma Silverton  01344 352281

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Minutes and Action Points from 14 December 2011 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To agreed as a correct record the minutes of the Older People’s Partnership meeting held on 14 December 2011


The minutes of the meeting held on 14 December 2010 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters arising


The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment had now been published and was available to view in full on the South East Public Health Observatory Website. An Executive Summary was available to view on the BFC website. It was agreed that a link to the Executive Summary would be circulated to the Group.

(Action: Emma Silverton)


Ending age Discrimination in the Provision of Goods and Services


Abby Thomas, Head of Community Engagement and Equalities, BFC, gave a presentation on new legislation from the Equalities Act 2010 which was due to come in to force in April 2012 . The new legislation: Age Discrimination in Services, Public Functions and Associations was currently out for consultation which would end on 25 May 2011.


The consultation on proposed exceptions to the ban was to ensure that exceptions were made in order to retain beneficial or justifiably different treatment for older people. The Group noted that where exceptions were made secondary legislation would be required.


The legislation covered three areas;


  • health and social care
  • financial services
  • general services, public functions, private clubs and other associations.


Currently there were no specific exceptions proposed within health and social care. Within financial services there was a proposed exception to allow providers to use age for assessing risk which would need to be based on relevant evidence.


Exceptions for age based concessions, age related holidays, certain immigration cultural exchange schemes, residential park homes and age based sports competition were proposed for inclusion in general services, public functions, private clubs and other associations.


It was agreed that the consultation paper would be circulated to members of the Older Peoples Partnership.

(Action: Emma Silverton)


The Group noted that the consultation would be available to access by all service providers and interested groups. It was agreed that the consultation document would be circulated to the Over Fifties Forum.

 (Action: Emma Silverton)


The Group queried whether the concessionary age would change when the pension age increased. It was agreed that this would be clarified.

(Action: Abby Thomas)


It was agreed that the Older Peoples Partnership would collate the views of members of the partnership and send a collective response on the consultation. It was agreed that all partners comments should be sent to Martin Gilman by the 15 April 2011.


To ensure easy access to the consultation it was agreed that the document would be made available on both the BFVA and the BFC websites.

(Action: Martin Gilman/ Abby Thomas)


Voice of Experience Conference


The bi-annual Voice of Experience Conference was due to be held in 2011-12. Martin Gilman, Chief Executive, BFVA requested volunteers to sit on the conference steering group to develop the conference theme and to determine the best time of year to hold the event.


It was suggested that the conference should either be held in autumn 2011 or spring 2012 as there was likely to be lower attendance if attendees had to travel home in the dark after the event. It was noted that the conference would be arranged to finish early to mid-afternoon to ensure it was still light as people left the event.


The Group noted that 1 October 2011 was International Older Peoples Day, however this date was a Saturday which meant it was not possible to hold the conference on the same day.


It was noted that the timing of the event would be key as the themes the conference covered would vary depending on whether the conference was held in 2011 or early 2012. Suggested themes or areas for the event to cover included:


  • The Housing Accommodation Strategy
  • The HealthSpace
  • Changes to benefits
  • Changes in legislation
  • Age discrimination.


The OPP agreed that a working group would be established and met towards the end of May 2011 to further discuss details of the Voice of Experience Conference. Martin Gilman, Mira Hayes, Cliff Thompson and Linda Wells would join the working group. Other Partners were encouraged to contact Martin Gilman if they wished to volunteer for the working group.

(Action: All)


Update on Planned Initiatives


Martin Gilman gave an update on the Jealott’s Hill Community Landshare Project which had been established as a result of an offer from Syngenta for the use of five acres of land for the community. The site included office and changing facilities with Syngenta offering to landscape the plot once a plan was agreed.


At present there was difficulty in establishing a lead agency who were needed in order to apply for funding to cover the position of manager for the site. It was noted that Syngenta wished the project to begin as soon as possible to make the best use of the land during the growing season in 2011. It was noted that the steering group were looking a charitable funds to seek funding for the position of manager.


It was reported that at present 4 older peoples groups had expressed an interest in using the facilities of the site.


Overview and Scrutiny


Naoma Dobson, Service Manager, Community Support & Development, BFC, presented a letter addressed to all theme partnerships in Bracknell Forest reporting the outcome of the BFC Overview and Scrutiny review of Bracknell Forest Partnership.


The letter thanked themed partners their support during the review which concluded that ‘A huge effort has been made by the Council and its partners to build effective strategic partnership working in Bracknell Forest. In the most important respects, this has been successful and of lasting benefit to the Borough and its residents.  In view of the diversity of interests and the scarce resources available, this has been a major achievement’.


The letter also highlighted some areas of good practice that theme partnerships may want to adopt and encouraged partnerships to discuss the recommendations made in the review and adopt them where appropriate.


It was noted that the Older Peoples Partnership had not been included in the review of themed partnerships as it was newly established. It was agreed that Martin Gilman would write to the Head of Overview and Scrutiny and suggest that the Partnership be reviewed by the appropriate scrutiny panel in the coming year.

(Action: Martin Gilman)


Action Plan


The OPP discussed the Older People’s Action Plan which was based on the ‘Adding Years to Life’ strategy for older people. It was reported that the majority of actions in the plan had been completed and that the plan needed to be reviewed to take this into account and incorporate new actions that the Partnership would develop for 2011-12.


It was agreed that the revised action plan needed to be cross-cutting to ensure close working with other partnerships in Bracknell Forest which would prevent duplication of work and allow resources to be used efficiently.


The OPP noted the draft Local Economic Strategy was out for consultation which was due to end on 9 May 2011. The strategy included a section on Older People and Intergenerational Working which should be considered and incorporated in to the revised OPP Action plan where appropriate.


It was suggested that actions to look at self funders who may be a risk of falling to Adult Social Services and actions to address fuel poverty be added to the revised action plan.


The Partnership agreed that the revised action plan would be discussed in detail at the OPP meeting in June.


Members Updates


NHS Berkshire East


As a result of Government announcements the PCT’s in Berkshire would be joining together to create a single organisation. At present, East Berkshire and West Berkshire PCT were working closely together to restructure with a single Executive in place by the end of June 2011 and the new organisation in place by 2013.


A new mental health strategy, ‘ No Health without Mental Health’, had been issued and was available to view on the Department for Health website. It was agreed that a link to the strategy would be circulated to the Group.

(Action: Emma Silverton)


Bracknell Forest Council


Adult Social Care & Health was facing a challenging time at present but were in a good position going forward in 2011/12.


Fuel Poverty


In Partnership with the PCT, Bracknell Forest Council had applied to the Department of Health for assistance in developing an energy plan and running a pilot in the Borough to help victims of fuel poverty. It was noted that other projects could be linked in with the pilot such as installation of stair rails. The Group noted that Fuel Poverty was where more than 10% of income was spent on heating their home.


Intergenerational Working


Bracknell Forest homes had successfully undertaken an intergenerational scheme which involved older people talking to primary schools children which was captured by a storyteller. The children then created songs about their discussions with the older people.


BFH had been running Tai Chi classes for residents which were also open to members of the community. These had proved very successful and also offered an opportunity to promote other services such as health screening.


BFH had a learning bus which had visited sheltered housing schemes and had resulted in positive IT learning for those participating.


Bracknell HealthSpace


The plans for the Bracknell HealthSpace were being submitted for approval to the Planning and highways Committee on Thursday 17 March 2011.


CAB Funding


The BF CAB had been receiving funding from the central CAB to allow it to open on a Friday. This funding ended at the end of March 2011 meaning the CAB in Bracknell Would be closed on Fridays from 1 April 2011.


There was concern that is some instances people would not be able to access help from Thursday afternoon until Monday morning as agencies were closed on a Saturday, which would cause problems for residents. It was suggested that the CAB be opening on a Friday and closed on a different day of the week when there was less footfall. It was reported that this was unlikely to help as it would have a knock on effect on those who visited on the weekday when the CAB was closed.


It was requested that the statistics for the age bands of visitors to the CAB be brought to the next meeting of the OPP.

(Action: Madeline Diver)


It was reported that BFH had two benefits advisors who may could help if there was an urgent benefit issue.




It was reported that BFVA were offering support for residents who needed help and guidance to fill out their census form and that information was to be issued in their upcoming newsletter.


It was noted that encouraging residents to fill out the Census was important and the information gathered was a factor used to determine the level of funding available for services in the area.


Partners were encouraged to offer support to people who needed help filling out their Census return.


Future Meetings

The next meeting of the Older People’s Partnership is scheduled for 14 June 2011 at 10am in the Council Chamber, Easthampstead House.


The next meeting of the Older People’s Partnership would be held on 14 June 2011 at 10am in the Council Chamber, Easthampstead House.