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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. Helping you help yourself

    20 April 2017

    In March, we launched a new Financial Capability service , funded by the Money Advice Service . This service is designed to help you manage your money better and plan for the future with confidence . We do this through providing you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your finances .  In today’s blog, we’re sitting down with Christine Strong , our new Financial Capability officer, to discuss what motivated her to apply for the role and how she hopes to help older...

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  2. Lifetime Planning – not just for millionaires!

    28 March 2017

    Ageing is a part of life, but it is not something that most of us prepare for .  We might put some money aside in a pension pot or make arrangements for our funeral, but these things are often done in isolation .  Unless you’re a lottery winner who is encouraged to plan for every eventuality, few people actually take a whole-life approach to their finances. Most of us wouldn’t know where to begin.  That’s why Age Cymru Swansea Bay has developed a new Lifetime Planning Service , in partnership...

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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