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Stay tuned for the latest musings from the Age Cymru Swansea Bay team, covering all topics concerned with living independently over 50.

  1. The Evolution of Volunteering

    09 March 2017

    Who remembers the enormous drive to recruit volunteers for London 2012 ? Or the very visible presence of those volunteers at every event and celebration during those Olympics? It may or may not have started there, but it is undeniable that volunteering has changed enormously in recent years. New ways of volunteering have emerged with changing lifestyles and technology, and more traditional ways are disappearing.  Years ago, a volunteer would be retired and might commit two or three days a wee...

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  2. Supporting local businesses

    07 March 2017

    Here at Age Cymru Swansea Bay we’re proud of the way we’re constantly innovating and developing our services so that we are able to cater to the needs of local people.  Our Homecare Plus service was developed in response to the gap left by the closure of various local services. It offers a range of practical solutions to the domestic problems we all find ourselves faced with at some point in time.  We are committed to helping people to age well , and our ability to refer clients to other...

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  3. Stay Safe Online

    07 February 2017

    More older people are using the internet than ever before; our own data shows that the 65+ age group is our fastest growing audience . But as older people become more familiar with social media, or ordering their shopping or using financial services online, many of them risk becoming victims of cybercrime . So, in honor of Safer Internet Day 2017 , we’ve pulled together some tips together from various online safety forums to help you stay safe online whilst still enjoying all that the Interne...

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  4. No One Should Have No One

    22 December 2016

    Those of you who watch Good Morning Britain will be aware of GMB’s 1 Million Minutes campaign to help an older person who is struggling with loneliness.  Good Morning Britain has teamed up with, amongst others, Age UK to offer befriending volunteering opportunities over Christmas and into the longer term.  Why is this so important?  Happiness research from across the world shows that having someone to turn to is crucial to being happy and feeling fulfilled. But the loneliness and isolation...

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  5. Harvest hamper help from the DWP

    07 December 2016

    A few weeks ago, staff from the Pension Service helped our Floating Support Team  to deliver Harvest hampers to some of our more isolated clients. In this blog, two of the volunteers share their experience; A few weeks ago, myself and a colleague went delivering our Harvest Hampers with Age Cymru Swansea Bay.  We met at the Age Cymru Swansea Bay office in Llansamlet, where we met the staff and took in all the hampers made up by our own staff. We then joined Jayne, a Visiting Assistant with th...

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  6. Shopping during Winter

    29 November 2016

    As part of our Spread the Warmth campaign this winter, we’ve written a series of blogs discussing the challenges that older people can face when the weather turns colder. This week, we’re talking about shopping with our HomeCare Plus manager, Richard Green: Lots of the clients we meet are afraid of falling; knowing that the smallest fall could have serious consequences for them.  Older people are more likely to end up in hospital as a result of a fall or slip, usually with a fractured arm or...

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  7. Becoming a Trustee with ACSB

    07 November 2016

    In recognition of Trustee Week 2016, we asked one of our newest Trustees, Caroline Byrt, to blog about the process of becoming a Trustee with Age Cymru Swansea Bay. In September, I became a trustee with Age Cymru Swansea. Earlier this summer, I had seen an advert on a charity recruitment web site seeking new trustees for ACSB. Something about the advert caught my eye and I felt drawn to apply. I submitted my details through the web site and shortly afterwards found myself talking on the phone...

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  8. The Flu jab - as easy as one, two, sneeze!

    24 October 2016

    As Autumn takes hold and it gets steadily colder, here at Age Cymru Swansea Bay we’re preparing for winter. We’ve launched our annual Winter campaign, Spread the Warmth , which hopes to help you winter-proof your health, home and vehicle.  One of the most important things you can do to prepare for winter is have a Flu jab . Now, no one likes needles or injections, and most people will feel slightly poorly after having the jab, but the fact is: it can save your life .  Is flu really that...

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  9. Celebrate Ageing!

    30 September 2016

      As International Older People’s Day approaches, our CEO, Nicola Russell-Brooks, has been thinking about why we should celebrate ageing. We often hear people say that they’d rather forget their birthdays once they’ve reached a certain age, viewing getting older as a bad thing and fearing the physical signs of ageing… a wrinkle here, a grey hair there. Working for an organisation that supports older people to maintain their independence, you realise quickly that our society unapologetically...

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