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AGE CONCERN BLANDFORD FORUM

CHARITY NUMBER 1075022


Age Concern Blandford was founded with the help of a grant from the National Lottery Fund in 1999 as a branch of Age Concern England. Originally the office was located above the Age UK shop in the Marketplace, but moved to its present premises later in 1999.  In 2010 Age Concern and Help the Aged merged into one charity, Age UK.  We will continue as Age Concern Blandford, operating as a Friend of Age UK Dorchester.

 

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WE ARE LOOKING FOR A NEW CHAIRMAN

Our Chairman has retired. Could you take his place as Chairman for this active group?

You will be supported by the Trustees and have the opportunity to train for the post.

Chair the committee meeting held bimonthly

Attend regional meetings

Support the group

Decision making

Volunteer time approx three hours a week

Tel 01258 458250 speak to Carol for more details


INFORMATION & ADVICE DESK VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED

Could you spare 2½ hours a week to help man our Information & Advice desk? Full training given. 

For further information, please phone 01258 458250


OPENING HOURS

Until further notice, the Information and Advice office will only be open only on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
 10.00 - 13.00


WORRIED ABOUT CHANGES TO THE BENEFITS SYSTEM?

Age Concern has the latest public information on proposed changes to Disability Living Allowance, Carer's Allowance, Attendance Allowance, PIPS, ESA  

Call in at 4 Nightingale Court, off East St (open 10-1 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or ring 01258  458350, or email ageconcernblandford@talk21.com for information and advice.


PETS AND THE ELDERLY

Many people get worried about their pet's future as they grow older. The owner may die, or may no longer be able to care for the pet (dog-walking, emptying cat litter trays, carrying home animal food once bought).  Animal charities do their best to rehome if the worst happens, but it is often difficult to find a new home for older animals. 

Fortunately there are charities that can help. The Cinnamon Trust, for example, was started specifically to address this problem, and will try to keep owners and their pets together as long as possible by providing volunteer dog-walkers, for example, or fosterers who take the pet into their own homes. They will tackle the problem of any species of pet.  CT also keep a register of Care Homes which are pet-friendly, so that owners don't necessarily have to dispose of a loved companion.

Some smaller local charities will take on retired pets if they have room, but it is essential to check well in advance about this, as all such charities are already flooded with homeless and abandoned pets.

For details, see
www.cinnamon.org.uk/. AgeConcern Blandford Forum also holds a regularly updated copy of the Care Homes Pet-Friendly Register.


LINKS TO PREVIOUS NEWS ITEMS

‘Switch On to the BENEFITS of Pension Credit’

From the Chancellor’s statement 29th November 2011


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