Festival for older people engagement

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The Festival for Older People is facilitated and delivered by Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire (HWCB), in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC), Aragon Housing Association’s Resident Involvement Group (ROAR), South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT) and Flitwick Town Council as a local initiative to complement the Government’s national campaign, ‘Full of Life’, designed to celebrate the life of older people and the contribution they make to society. The Festival for Older People is an annual event held in Central Bedfordshire in October, to coincide with International Older Peoples Day. The theme for this years Festival was ‘Taking a stand against ageism’. The Festival attracts a large audience from across Bedfordshire. Exhibitors are invited to attend and display literature and materials designed to offer advice, information, guidance and support to older people living locally. This year’s exhibitors included representatives from different services within the Council, Aragon Housing Association, South Essex Partnership Trust and Flitwick Town Council, who provided a wealth of information about Social Care, Leisure and Culture, Trading Standards, Public Health, Housing and Accommodation and Community Services. Many other organisations joined us to exhibit offering support to older people including Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Age UK, Carers in Beds, Sight Concern and The Royal British Legion. A full list exhibitors can be found on Page 9. Many local volunteers kindly gave their support to the Festival and were a great help on the day. Volunteers guided visitors to various rooms to view many different stands, offering information about exhibitors and the entertainment programme. They also handed out information about the event at reception including the programme for the day, helped to serve refreshments throughout the day, and encouraged visitors to complete feedback about the event.

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General details

Report title 
Festival for older people engagement
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 6 October, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 6 October, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 6 October, 2016
Type of report 
Report
Key themes 
Health promotion
Healthwatch reference number 
Rep-1009

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
No
What type of organisation requested the work 
N/A
If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner? 
Central Bedfordshire Council (CBC), Aragon Housing Association’s Resident Involvement Group (ROAR), South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), Flitwick Town Council
Primary research method used 
Deliberative event
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 
N/A

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 
Community healthcare and nursing services

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
110
Age group 
Not known
Gender 
Not known
Ethnicity 
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Yes
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
No
Does the information include staff's views? 
No
Does the information include other people's views? 
No
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 
Not known

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
No
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
No
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Yes
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
No
What type of impact was determined? 
Tangible impact (not cost related)

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
 
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
 
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.