Wise Age has won two Flexible Support Fund (FSF) contracts from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to provide 50+ employment support for people who are unemployed and registered on Job seekers Allowance or Universal Credit.
We are actively looking for local partners for both of these schemes who may have job or volunteering opportunities. Please get in touch if you would like to work with us to help clients through their journey to employment.
The first contract is with South East London DWP, running for six months from the end of last September. We are recruiting thirty 50+ clients and aim to help fifteen back into work. The programe is running well and still has a few places left.
The second contract is in the East London DWP District (Hackney, Newham and Tower Hamlets), running for twelve months from this February (2017). We'll recruit 58 clients and aim to help at least 23 into work.
If you are eligible you should contact us so that we can refer you to your work adviser. It is a voluntary programme which offers one-to-one support, job matching and group training.
Chris Walsh, Wise Age Chief Exec, helped to organise a Brexit for Older People event in his capacity as Chair of Positive Ageing in London (PAiL) and as Co-chair of Age Platform Europe (UK section).
The event, which was held at Europe House on 11th January, was a sell out and very successful. The aim was to bring together speakers with expertise on the issues facing older people during and after Brexit, to inform people of the rights, laws and benefits they currently have as a right under EU law and to ask people at the conference what they want to keep, what to lose and what to improve.
This we think was the first attempt to inform and involve older people in the Brexit process and to discover what their 'red lines' are.
As one of the Connect Hackney 50+ programme providers for their Reducing Social Isolation programme we are going to run a series of one day sessions for Hackney residents aged 50+ who are unemployed or looking for work.
The first session is at Chats Palace, Hackney on 28th February between 11 and 3pm.
As a leading older workers employment support agency our professional staff will be able to help people to overcome ageism and start finding that job, plus offer help to those who want to be self employed.
Being without work is demoralising, compounds social isolation and contributes to poverty - our aim is to help.
Interested in coming along? Sign up on our EventBrite page: Employment support in Hackney
Find out more about Connect Hackney on their website: connecthackney.org.uk.
Brexit and Older People - a meeting in london to have informed discussion on Brexit and what older people want after Brexit.
This meeting, jointly organised by Positive Ageing in London and Age Platform Europe (UK), is first of a planned series of discussions to ask older people (50+) what they want from a post Brexit UK, so that they can start to have their voice heard during the Brexit negotiations.
There will be a panel of expert speakers, who will outline the current rights and laws and initiatives that apply to UK older citizens at present and may or may not be transferred to UK laws, rights and policies in the future, as well as raising issues of concern for older people in or out of Brexit, including pensions, health and social care, employment rights etc.