Our Chief Executive Chris Walsh, in his capacity as Chair of Positive Ageing in London (PAiL), has joined the directors of EngAgeNet, the new national forum for older people, launched at the House of Lords on Monday 20th March 2017.
This is good news for older people and will help us to get our voices heard. Since the DWP stopped funding 50+ regional fora there has been a lack of opportunities for we older people to be consulted or heard. Now that there is a new national entity - which was helped to fruition by the good offices of Lord Filkin - we have high hopes of getting the views and interests of older people better known and understood.
It is also great that PAiL has been invited to join and is now a part of this exciting new initiative.
For more information about EngAgeNet please visit their wesbite: engagenet.org.uk
There's more information about Positive Ageing in London on their site here: pailondon.org.uk
Chris Walsh's report from the Conference on Occupational Safety and Health
‘Good Practices For Healthy Worplaces For All Ages - Let’s Learn From Each Other’
16 – 18 March 2017, Belgrade, Serbia
- WOW Europe
- SS BOFOS
- The European Centre for Workers Questions (EZA)
Supported by the European Commission
After the opening remarks by the Chair of the conference, the first speech was from the EU delegate (Bulgarian based in Spain) responsible for negotiating EU entry with the accession countries –Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia and possibly Kosova (he went very diplomatic at this point) plus Turkey. When I said that in the light of current events I thought that unlikely I had to then couple it with ‘But of course I know you could not possibly comment’ to which he nodded with a smile.
The main concern that I had was that again he talked about older workers as facing health problems and the need to accommodate them at work as they were more likely to be suffering from illness and ill health. I rapidly went on line to back up our research which shows that in the UK at least older workers actually take less time off sick at work than younger colleagues.
Chris Walsh, our Chief Executive, is travelling to Serbia to attend the Healthy work places – good practice: Let's learn from each other! seminar.
The seminar's organised by WOW (World Organisation of Workers) in co-operation with SS BOFOS (Autonomous Trade Union of Employees in Banks, Insurance Companies and other Financial Organizations of Serbia) and The European Centre for Workers’ Questions (EZA).
This is Chris' blog about the trip.
After an excellent birthday party with live music, DJ and film I had helped make surrounded by family and friends I came to terms with the fact that I have reached 70.
So what was my next step? To embark on a 34 hour non stop rail trip across Europe to Belgrade to go to speak at a conference on 50+ work and health. Then another 33 hours back – again by rail.
This has to be sheer madness and exhausting at my age – which was one reason why I did it.