Agenda and minutes

Older People's Partnership - Wednesday, 20 June 2012 10.00 am

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

Contact: Amanda Roden  01344 352253

No. Item


Minutes and Action Points from 14 March 2012 pdf icon PDF 60 KB


The minutes of the meeting held 14 March 2012 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters Arising


  • There was a specific application for voluntary hospital drivers to complete to apply for a blue badge.
  • A new Joint Commissioning Officer was in post at Bracknell Forest Council (BFC), Andy Kimber. The query regarding what the Older People’s Partnership would be allowed to do when a license had been received in relation to the ‘Be Smart Be Safe’ Older People’s Handbook would be brought back to the next meeting of the Partnership on 19 September 2012.

(Action: Lynne Lidster/Andy Kimber)

  • The Older People’s Conference went well. The results of the voting buttons would be fed back to the Partnership.

(Action: Lynne Lidster)


Local Account


Neil Haddock, Chief Officer: Performance and Resources, gave an update on the Local Account.


An annual report was produced and forwarded to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or CSKY in previous years on performance in the Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Department at BFC. Now a Local Account would be produced for people in Bracknell Forest specifically rather than for the CQC. A 2012-13 annual report would reflect on performance in 2011-12.


An annual report had been produced for 2010-11 internally but the aim was not to do this just internally for the Local Account currently being produced. It was queried whether the content covered the right information, whether the format and language was suitable, and whether the report was pitched at the right level.


It was requested that the draft report be considered by the Council’s Executive in November 2012 rather than September 2012 to enable consultation to be undertaken. The possibility of this would be investigated further.

(Action: Neil Haddock)


The preference was to produce only an ‘easy read’ version of the report. Alternative media versions of the information had been considered, such as videos available online, but not everyone had access to the internet or would access this information online.


Comments were welcomed from Board members and should be forwarded to Neil Haddock or Mark Gittins .

(Action: All)


Older People's Strategy/ Consultation pdf icon PDF 36 KB


Andy Kimber, Joint Commissioning Officer, gave an update on the Older People’s Strategy and Consultation. Andy had a background in public health, health promotion and commissioning.


The Strategy would include a summary of the national drivers for people locally and strategic thinking for health and social care groups. Current and past approaches to health and social care would be taken into account and the Strategy would have a focus on prevention.


The aim was to reach beyond groups and individuals that organisations such as BFC were already in contact with. The consultation in March 2012 involved 65 people; of which 90% of these were white/ Caucasian. Most of the group involved in the consultation would use the internet and it was discovered that most people did not know what resources were available to them.


The questionnaire was developed by the Older People’s Strategy Group. The age group targeted was fifty plus and there would be differing needs within this group of people. The aim was to survey people in need who were not reachable online. It was queried whether sheltered and residential care needed to be included in the Strategy. Other strategies at BFC had been researched for requirements of BFC in relation to older people in the borough.


Andy extended an invitation to meet with members of the Partnership individually if they would like to contact him .


Board members commented that people often preferred face-to-face contact as it was more personalised but this was costly. People unable to access the internet could be disadvantaged by the increase in the use of digital channels to communicate with people. It was reported that approximately 43% of people over 65 years of age in Bracknell Forest used the internet, leaving the remaining 57% people disadvantaged.


It was reported that those who could make use of the internet would be encouraged to do so, but face-to-face and other methods of contact, such as telephone assessment and networking, would also be used.


It was suggested that people could be accessed through BFVA, such as activities groups. The census information was out this week and Margaret Gent was putting this information into ‘statshare’. Board members could request this information on CD.


CAB Report on Money Management pdf icon PDF 3 MB


Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, Citizens’ Advice Bureau (CAB), Bracknell, presented the CAB’s report on Money Management.


The CAB had been delivering the money talks service for almost ten years. Lottery grant funding for the CAB finished at the end of March 2012. This report came from the CAB’s bid to Comic Relief for funding, but the CAB was unsuccessful in securing funding from this bid. Rhiannon thanked organisations who had contributed to the project, which took six weeks.


Sessions had been held on money related topics and the CAB had worked with fifty one partners over the last five years. Topics included: income maximisation, individual financial advice needed, fuel poverty, mobile home tenants, holistic approach, and mentors to friends and neighbours through toolkits.


The budget shortfall for the CAB in 2012-13 was reduced from £25,000 to £8,000 through fundraising effort. However, the CAB had to make cost savings of £8,000 by cutting staff hours and thereby reducing services; largely in its debt and outreach services.


The Bracknell CAB had been acknowledged as a centre of excellence for financial capabilityin Berkshire. Bracknell CAB had been undertaking wider research and would be launching a report at the Hilton on 26 September 2012 aimed at finding sustainable funding via corporate sponsorship. Councillor Paul Bettison, Leader at Bracknell Forest Council, would be a keynote speaker at the event.


Bracknell CAB would submit a more robust application for Big Lottery funding again towards the end of 2012, and would try Comic Relief again. It was reported that £35,000 a year was needed to fund the money management project well in its current form.


BFVA were working with the private sector with regard to funding and skill sets. Waitrose were hosting a conference on 16 November 2012 and there would be a presentation regarding structure in terms of corporate support to the voluntary sector.


Secondments, skills sharing and securing funding, other than from Bracknell Forest Council, may be of interest to the Economic and Skills Development Partnership.


Links to other Strategies

E.G. Carers, Economic Development, Cultural


Martin Gilman, BFVA, discussed connectivity between partnerships and possible duplication of work. National indicators were a good method of recording.


Andy Kimber would be looking at mapping services for older people and would look at what each partnership did.


Transport Consultation Update


Martin Gilman, BFVA, discussed the bus services consultation update. The outcome was that one bus service would be stopped but any action would likely be put on hold due building work in Bracknell. There would possibly be some savings in relation to subsistence but there would be very little change and bus services in Bracknell would be monitored over the next year.


The most needed services would remain, such as community transport but there were still some issues regarding to community transport which needed to be resolved. It was queried how to make the best use of mini buses available.


Future Agenda Items


A suggested agenda item for a future meeting of the Older People’s Partnership was a presentation by Peter Smith on ‘experience exchange’.


Board members were requested to forward any ideas for future meeting agenda items for the Older People’s Partnership to Martin Gilman, Mira Haynes or Amanda Roden.

(Action: All)


Members Updates


Barbara Briggs, Carer’s Forum, mentioned that there would be a lunch on Friday 22 June 2012 about the changes to benefits in April next year, the new credit system coming in, and there would be someone taking people’s blood pressures. There would also be a shaping the future stand.


Chris Cowap, BFVA, reported that Wellington College had offered their venue on Sunday 15 July 2012 in relation to be-friending. There would be a morning event at Blue Mountain and lunch with five stroke clubs.


Julie Rose, Bracknell Forest Homes (BFH), reported that there was a pc at all BFH’s sheltered schemes now and these were open for use by people in the local community. There would be training available for using the pc’s. BFH tenants would be kept up-to-date via the BFH newsletter on changes to benefits and in July there would be a ‘thin file day’ looking at contacting isolated hard to reach people.


Bob Pennell, Age Concern Bracknell, mentioned that their AGM would be held on 18 July 2012 at 12.30pm at Coopers Hill. Board members were welcome to attend. The charity's object, to promote the relief of elderly people within Bracknell, paralleled that of the Older People's Strategy. The target of the 65 plus age group was smaller than the national average but was growing fast and would catch up by 2030. Tracey Hedgecox, the new Chief Officer, would represent Age Concern Bracknell on the Board. Tracey’s assistant was currently being recruited.


Peter Smith, CEO Caring for Homes Ltd, mentioned that any inputs to the Older People’s Strategy could be forwarded to him.

(Action: All)


Naoma Dobson, Bracknell Forest Council, reported that the sensory needs consultation was out. Information regarding this would be forwarded to Martin Gilman.

(Action: Naoma Dobson)


The Long Term Conditions Strategy had been suspended. It was queried if those who had fed into the strategy could be informed of this outcome.

(Action: Naoma Dobson)


Rhiannon Stocking-Williams, CAB Bracknell, reported that community profiling had been undertaken to hold up against statistics but there was no time to analyse this at present. It was suggested that this could be brought to a future meeting of the Older People’s Partnership.


Future Meetings

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


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 19 September 2012

Wednesday 12 December 2012

Wednesday 20 March 2013