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We are delighted to announce that iHASCO, based in Bracknell, will be supporting Age UK Berkshire as our charity business partner for 2020/2021.

iHASCO is a provider of high-quality Health & Safety and HR Compliance eLearning with a keen focus on creativity, quality, and most of all, simplicity.

Having local businesses support a local charity is incredibly important, particularly at the current time. We will work closely with the iHASCO team to ensure that older people in the area can love later life.

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January Virtual Café

Our next Virtual Café is on Thursday January 28th, at 10:00 a.m, on video-calling platform Zoom. 

The Café will be an informal, relaxed social chat for anyone over 50 who's been feeling a little bit lonely recently, or just wants to have a chat! 

To book your place, please email sabita.burke@ageukberkshire.org.uk

In your email, you can also request an info sheet explaining how to use Zoom. 

Feel free to book places and set up the meeting on behalf of your older friends, relatives or clients if they would find it difficult to do this themselves. 

We look forward to seeing you all there! 

 

 

 

Exercise classes with Get Berkshire Active 

Get Berkshire Active have some free exercise sessions on Zoom specifically for older, frail, less mobile adults, starting the week of January 18th, 2021:

Monday 10am Chair Yoga

Tuesday 11am Gentle Chair Exercise

Friday 11.15am Gentle Chair Exercise

This programme of sessions will grow over coming weeks. All sessions are led by qualified instructors and are a gentle introduction with a warm up, cool down and time for virtual socialising at the end.

To book, email kirsty.heath@getberkshireactive.org.

Getting on Zoom can be a hurdle in itself, so colleagues from Mindset Massage have kindly put together an instruction sheet to help. Let Kirsty know in your email whether you would like a copy of this, and/or the code of conduct which details how Get Berkshire Active plans to keep individuals safe during virtual sessions.

 

 

Mental health resources to beat the January blues

From the cold, dark days to the new lockdown restrictions and the long wait for COVID-19 vaccines, it's understandable to feel down in the dumps this January. 

If you are struggling with your mental health, please do reach out and seek the support you deserve. 

A list of some mental health charities and organisations which provide support and resources for various conditions can be found here.
Information about the NHS's talking therapies can be found here

One of the best ways to feel better is to talk to someone. However, it can be hard, especially in lockdown or if you live alone, to find people to talk to. If you'd like a likeminded friend to chat to regularly, take a look at our Befrienders page and request a Befriender today. 

 

 

 

Support us by buying your greetings cards! 

You can now buy your cards for all occasions from Making a Difference Cards where you can choose to have all proceeds go directly to helping us help older people.

If you're stuck for present ideas, you can also add a donation to us as a gift on behalf of your loved one. Every penny we get helps us immensely, so buy your cards now and spread the word! 

An older man smiling at the camera, wearing a Christmas jumper and a festive 'turkey' hat

 

 

Tai Chi Online Classes

It is more important than ever to stay socially connected and active during this strange time. Both now possible from the comfort of your own home! 

Tai Chi classes are currently hosted three times a week online. At £5 per session you will be sent a link which will take you to the class on Zoom. 

Tai Chi is a gentle form of exercise which helps improve balance, coordination and muscle strength, whilst also being a great way to see friendly faces in the community!

For more information contact steve@elitetaichi.co.uk or visit www.elitetaichi.co.uk 

Reading Football Club and Age UK Berkshire are happy to announce a new project - 'The Royals' Memory Cafe, which will run every 4 weeks once the COVID-19 situation is resolved.

The Cafe will be held in the Players Lounge, Madejski Stadium, Reading, RG2 0FL (just off M4 Junction 11). 

This will be a chance to meet up, have a chat, reminisce, and sometimes be joined by some of
Reading Football Club's legends. Tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be kindly provided by Compass Group.

For more information, call Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242 or email info@ageukberkshire.org.uk.

Exciting New Project in Wokingham

Age UK Berkshire is working in partnership with Wokingham Volunteers Centre, The Link Visiting Scheme and Involve to deliver a new project that aims to reduce loneliness and social isolation in the Wokingham area. The project is currently recruiting for key staff members- if you want to make a real difference to older peoples lives please visit the jobs page:

https://www.linkvisiting.org/friendship-alliance

Age UK Berkshire awarded Charity Quality Standard

We are proud to have achieved the Age UK Charity Quality Standard (CQS) which recognises the high standard of our performance as an organisation.

The Standard is externally assessed and awarded to members of the Age UK network that have demonstrated they are well governed and managed; have a clear direction and strategy; and are committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of older people, their staff and volunteers.

We achieved the Standard following a rigorous examination of our work and a full day assessment visit by leading experts SGS.

Money matters for older people

Age UK Berkshire, in collaboration with local charities and interest groups, are running a series of information sessions around Berkshire offering financial information for the county’s older residents.

“Money Matters for Older People” sessions are completely free of charge and provide impartial information on relevant topics such as managing money, checking eligibility for benefits, and paying for care in later life.

To find out more or to book a place, phone Age UK Berkshire on 0118 959 4242, or email info@ageukberkshire.org.uk

Friendly Gardeners group in Reading

If you enjoy gardening and would like to make some new friends, why not join us at Friends Meeting House, 2 Church Street, Reading RG1 2SB on Fridays from 10am to 12 noon.

Phone 0118 959 4242 to find out more, or email info@ageukberkshire.org.uk

The first session is free, then a suggested donation of £3 each week. 

Refreshments are provided.

Quiz night raises record funds

Leading Reading solicitors Blandy & Blandy LLP (www.blandy.co.uk) raised over £5,000 for Age UK Berkshire and another local charity at their annual quiz night on 7 March 2019.

The evening’s quizmaster, Blandy & Blandy marketing manager and chair of the firm’s charities committee David Lamont,was delighted to announce the record amount raised this year. The winning quiz team were representing Savills estate agents.

It's Big Knit time!

Big Knit smoothie bottles with knitted hats

The Age UK/Innocent Smoothies Big Knit is back ! So grab your needles and your yarn and get knitting smoothie hats for Age UK. Help us be there for older people who have no one else to turn to.  

To find out more, and to download this year's knitting and crochet patterns, visit 

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/bigknit/

Living the Highclere life

In June 2017 a group of 20 clients, carers and staff of Age UK Berkshire were invited to spend an afternoon visiting Highclere Stud, part of the estate of Highclere Castle (location for the Downton Abbey TV series). The current Earl's father was the Queen's racing manager for over 30 years and the family still own and manage the stud. 

In the paddock we met each of the mares and their foals, ranging in age from three months to yearling status, who were introduced to us by their individual grooms. Then we visited the stable yard where the stallion, Cable Bay, renowned Sire of Highclere Stud, was paraded past. 

The day finished with a delicious tea hosted by members of the family.

Highclere stud horses

Are you a priority customer?

Age UK Berkshire are working with Thames Water and Scottish & Southern Electricity to highlight the benefits of their priority registers, which offer people over 60 some additional help in case of an issue with water or power supplies in their area. Customers can sign up to the scheme online, or ring the office on 0118 959 4242 and we will send you a leaflet with all the details. Other energy companies have similar schemes - for details, phone your supplier or visit their website.