Agenda and minutes

Older People's Partnership - Wednesday, 14 December 2011 2.00 pm

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

Contact: Amanda Roden  01344 352253

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Minutes and Action Points from 19 October 2011 pdf icon PDF 67 KB


The minutes of the meeting held on 19 October 2011 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters Arising


Minute 55: The action in relation to developing a stronger link between the Economic and Skills Development Partnership and the Older People’s Partnership would be followed up.

(Action: Amanda Roden)


Minute 56: The health phone number ‘111’ was on trial. The new police phone number ‘101’ was now operational. The 0845 phone number would be available for the next two to three months but the new phone number was being rolled out quickly.


Maggie Gibbons, the new Chief Officer of Age Concern Bracknell, was introduced to the group.


Time Bank: Lynne Lidster: Head of Joint Commissioning


Lynne Lidster, Head of Joint Commissioning, gave a presentation in relation to Timebank; a scheme where people support others by exchanging skills, expertise and experience. For every hour of support given one time credit was earned and could be spent on support for yourself, similar to a favour exchange.


People over the age of 18 could join Timebank regardless of ability, mobility, life experience or financial circumstances. Timebank aimed to support unpaid and family carers and people with support needs, to give people opportunities to learn and undertake activities.


The scheme had been running for 12-18 months and there was an aim to expand on the current contacts and groups to get more people involved and interested in the scheme. It was a scheme of reciprocity; anyone could join and all skills were valued the same. The scheme was run by the Princess Royal Trust Carers Service (Berkshire) in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council, funded by Improvement and Efficiency South East and supported by Timebanking UK.


Some sheltered schemes in Bracknell Forest were members of Timebank and meetings were held at the schemes which would earn credits for them to use. Vicky Vine, TASC Programme Assistant, helped to support more vulnerable people to take part in the scheme. Skills in Timebank included gardening, shopping, companionship, cooking, sewing, knitting, dog walking and photo editing. The scheme helped people to become more independent and time credits earned could be donated to others.


References were taken for new members of the scheme and Vicky Vine acted as the main contact for exchanges. CRB checks were not needed but some people requested them. Timebank UK was a national scheme, it was insured and policies were taken from the national scheme.


Contact details for Timebank in Bracknell Forest were: 07879 115 266 for phone calls or texts, for e-mails and the website address was Timebank could also be followed on Twitter @foresttimebank.


Timebanking support could be undertaken on an ad-hoc basis and when a request for support was received an e-mail would be sent to all those registered with Timebank as being able to provide what was requested. There were approximately 100 people in the scheme at present. Timebank had been presented to the Over 50s Forum but it was suggested that it be presented to U3A and the Bracknell Forest Homes Tenant and Leaseholders Panel.


It was suggested that Timebank could be advertised in the Bracknell Forest Homes quarterly newsletter in March 2012. Planning for this newsletter would be undertaken in January 2012. Young people at supported living schemes, such as Holly House and Rainforest Walk could also be approached regarding possible interest in the scheme.


Older People's Partnership Conference Update


Mira Haynes, Chief Officer: Older People and Long Term Conditions, gave an update on the Older People’s Partnership Conference. Lynne Lidster was in the process of writing the strategy for the group and Lynne and Vicky Vine were helping to co-ordinate the conference. The main hall at Easthampstead Baptist Church had been booked for Friday 30 March 2012 along with Rooms 1, 2 and 3 for lunch and stands.


The project group planning the conference would meet on 9 January and 20 January 2012 to discuss arrangements. These meetings would likely be held at Time Square and last approximately one hour. It was suggested that invites for the conference needed to be sent out early and the aim was for the invites to be sent out by the end of January 2012.


The Older People’s Strategy needed to be revised and the aim was to launch a consultation regarding this at the conference. The consultation would run for three months from the date of the conference at the end of March 2012. It was suggested that Julie Rose, Sheltered Housing, Bracknell Forest Homes, may be able to help with this. Ideas for the conference included supporting people’s independence, access to welfare benefits, Citizens Advice Bureau, fuel poverty, Ageing Well, and opportunities in later life.


Any suggestions for the conference should be forwarded to Vicky Vine . Responses to invites to the conference should be sent to BFVA. 120 people could be seated around tables in the main hall of the Easthampstead Baptist Church as the hall had been extended.


It was suggested that companies could be approached to sponsor the conference.

(Action: Simon Hendey/Martin Gilman)


Minority Ethnic Elderly


The Chairman gave an update on minority ethnic elderly. A meeting of the Bracknell Forest Minorities Alliance had been held and there were discussions regarding a group of Nepalese people seen regularly out in certain areas of the borough. It was queried at the meeting whether a meeting place was needed for this ethnic group but there were dietary needs to be accounted for and cultural differences.


Sandhurst Hall was currently being used by a Nepalese group but venues were needed in other parts of the borough. St Paul’s Church was reported to be building a community hall. It was suggested that other ethnic groups be asked if they needed a meeting place as well.


The Bracknell Forest Minorities Alliance members, the Indian Community Association had also expressed an interest in a meeting place for their elderly. The use of community halls was felt to be a good idea and minority ethnic groups could then gradually merge in with other clubs being held in the halls. Bracknell Forest Homes had invited some Nepalese people to a sheltered scheme for a Diwali event. If community groups invited minority ethnic groups in, they would likely come in large groups and many did not speak English, but it was felt to be a good way of introducing minority ethnic groups to the community.


Single Equality Scheme


Abby Thomas, Head of Community Engagement and Equalities, gave an update on the Single Equality Scheme. Equality objectives had been selected for Bracknell Forest Council, workshops had been held and the consultation was now on the Council’s website for eight weeks until the beginning of February 2012. This was a second opportunity for opinions to be gathered.


There were currently 17 objectives and the aim was to reduce the objectives to between 10 and 12 overall. Top objectives related to safeguarding, less poverty, and better insulation. The final Single Equality Scheme would be published in April 2012. Some objectives would possibly be merged together and specific actions would be developed to underpin the objectives. It was suggested that each agency at the Older People’s Partnership submit their own questionnaire regarding the scheme as the agencies would all have different perspectives.

(Action: All)


Health Update


Madeline Diver, CAB, gave an update on the ‘Shaping the Future’ consultation. The outcomes had been published but more work needed to be undertaken. There would be subsequent consultations with certain groups regarding what people would like at Wexham and Heatherwood. It would not be undertaken until at least March 2012 and there would be no change in services until it was completed.


Healthspace was on the South of England Board for a final decision on 26 January 2012. The PCT had arranged one workshop to date which was targeted at young people and vulnerable groups by invitation only. There would be workshops on urgent care but this would not affect what would be presented to the Board as the business plan had already been undertaken. More would possibly known after January 2012.


Barbara Briggs, Carers’ Forum, gave an update in respect of the project on hospital discharge. Fifteen people had been interviewed at different times at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. The other two hospitals in the area would be visited as well but the Frimley Park visit would likely be in the new year. At the South East meeting on 13 December the Carers’ Forum was invited to sit on the sub group. The aim was to avoid unstable and inappropriate discharges.


There were more people than usual in hospitals at the moment and the hospitals locally had been quite full for two months. A winter crisis plan was in place and at present Wexham Park was diverting patients to the Royal Berkshire Hospital. There appeared to be no specific reason for the high demand and no particular age groups were affected.


An ‘in reach’ social worker worked with Frimley Park Hospital and multi agency discharge meetings were held every week from all three hospitals: Frimley, Wexham Park and the Royal Berkshire Hospital. If a Bracknell Forest resident entered a hospital further away, Bracknell Forest Council would need to help with the discharge back to Bracknell Forest.


Members Updates




Supporting People eligibility criteria was being revised and rationalised. At present some housing management and supportive services were provided. This would be revised to go back to just providing supportive services and funded for the next three years. A meeting would be held with Bracknell Forest Homes on 16 December 2011.


Age Concern Bracknell


Care Day was successful with 250 people being entered. A new Chief Officer for Age Concern Bracknell was appointed today. An issue had arisen regarding the payment of invoices in relation to personalisation and managing personal budgets. It was found to be a complicated scheme and difficult to achieve in the time scales. Individual people were responsible for paying for the invoices unless a brokerage service was used, although support was available for people who could not manage their own budget.




A newsletter was being drafted at present and information relating to the Older People’s conference would be advertised in it. The conference would likely take place from 10am – 3.30pm with a 9.30am registration.


Bids to the Big Lottery and National Transforming Infrastructure fund had been submitted and the RMA and partners had signed the covenant which needed to relate to ex-services. The Community Cohesion Working Group was deciding on the criteria and applications were being received. The covenant form would be circulated.

(Action: Abby Thomas)


The Boeringers and Chamber of Commerce Christmas party was being held on 19 December 2011 for the Befriending Scheme and a small amount of money would be used on ‘back to work for carers’ which would need to be spent between January and March 2012. Twenty carers were interested and there would be seven sessions starting at the end of January 2012. Different agencies would support the process.


As the Older People’s Partnership Strategy was being refreshed it was suggested that a Sub Group be formed, as had been suggested at a previous Partnership meeting. Cllr Thompson, Madeline Diver, Chris Cowap, Barbara Briggs and Age Concern expressed an interest in being part of the Sub Group. There would be liaison with Lynne Lidster regarding this, as the lead on refreshing the strategy, and topics for discussion at the Sub Group meeting would include You Said We Did and Overview and Scrutiny involvement.

(Action: Amanda Roden/Lynne Lidster)


Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)


The CAB was having service issues regarding fundraising and would possibly need to close for an extra day due to a shortage of staff. The ‘money talks’ programme would hopefully be secured for another year. The cabinet office’s new advice services would fund the CAB to take on consumer direct at a national level but this would not affect the advice given by the CAB. A Comic Relief application had been submitted in relation to 60+ money management. There would be a presentation to full Council in January 2012 in relation to the share of trustees at CAB. CAB would need to find somewhere else in the next 12 months.


Carers’ Forum


106 people attended the Christmas  ...  view the full minutes text for item 65.


Future Meetings

Future meetings of the Older People’s Partnership will be held at 10am in the Boardroom at Amber House:


Wednesday 14 March 2012

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Wednesday 20 March 2013


Future meetings of the Older People’s Partnership will be held at 10am in the Boardroom at Amber House:


Wednesday 14 March 2012

Wednesday 20 June 2012

Wednesday 19 September 2012

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Wednesday 20 March 2013