We held a DFG & Independent Living Roadshow working in partnership with Foundations and the Home Improvement Agency (HIA) and sponsored by AKW Medicare Ltd on:

Wednesday 21st June at the Bradbury Independent Living Centre, Oxford Street, Workington

It was a very successful day and we thank all that attended and supported the event! We hope to have more events in the future.

Here we have listed the programme for the event with links to presentation slides and video recordings of each talk/workshop:

Programme

09.30 - Registration opens & view displays

10.00 - Introductions and Schedule for the day, Andy Todman, Chief Executive, Age UK West Cumbria

10.10 - Welcome, Anne Prowse, Chair, Age UK West Cumbria Board

10.20 - "Who wants to be a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) Millionaire" Video An "ice breaker" light hearted quiz to test everyone's knowledge of the current DFG system and bust a few myths, Paul Smith, Director Foundations, Roy McNally, Development Manager Foundations, www.foundations.uk.com following on to be a "Regulatory Reform Order Rebel" Paul Smith, Director Foundations, Roy McNally, Development Manager Foundations, (House of Commons Briefing Paper on DFG's)

11.00 - Break

11.15 - Choice of workshops/presentations 1 Bridging the Digital Divide Video - Providing a Social Tariff Broadband Service using TV White Space/Dynamic Spectrum Technology. Connectivity to support home based Technology Enabled Care Solutions for independent living, Jonathan Coulthard, Director of JCMS Ltd, www.wirelesswhitespace.org or 2 Cumbrian Centre for Health Technologies (CaCHeT) Video University of Cumbria, Dr Elaine Bidmead, Research Fellow, CaCHeT, University of Cumbria, www.cumbria.ac.uk/research/centres/cachet


11.55 - Choice of workshops/presentations 1 ARMED Advanced Risk Modelling for Early Detection Video - The Use of Wearable Devices to Help Prevent Falls, David Carty, CM2000, Adrian Smales, Research Fellow, Health Informatics: Frailty, Edinburgh Napier University, www.cm2000.co.uk, www.iidi.napier.ac.uk/c/people/peopleid/13375071 or 2 Bridging the Digital Divide - Providing a Social Tariff Broadband Service using TV White Space/Dynamic Spectrum Technology. Connectivity to support home based Technology Enabled Care Solutions for independent living, Jonathan Coulthard, Director of JCMS Ltd, www.wirelesswhitespace.org

12.30 - Lunch Break & Networking & View Displays

13.15 - A word from sponsor, David Jepson, Business Development Manager, AKW Medicare Ltd

13.30 - Afternoon workshops - 1 The OT Perspective Video - The Challenge to Deliver more from DFGs, Jan Collett, Occupational Therapy Team Manager, Craig Wilkinson, Senior Home Improvement Officer, Newcastle City Council

14.15 - Afternoon workshops - 2 New Approaches to Delivering Home Adaptations, Video Gill Lawson, Senior Operations Manager, Sunderland Care & Support, Ken Wrightson, Operational Manager, Sunderland Care & Support

15.00 - Independent Living Centres - The One Stop Shop for Independent Living Needs, Andy Todman, Chief Executive, Age UK West Cumbria

15.25 - Closing Remarks, Emma Bundock, Private Sector Housing Manager, Allerdale Borough Council, Partner in Home Improvement Agency

15.30 - Close