Monthly Archives: August 2012

Poor housing undermines care reforms

A suitable home is vital for maintaining independence, so housing must be part of the debate around integrating health and social care

Larger numbers of older and disabled people are living at home and the quality of housing can affect their health and care.

When last month’s social care white paper announced it would “set out new duties to … ensure that adult social care and housing departments work together”, some were excited that housing had been given a look in, so long had the integration conversation been dominated by health and social care. Others were more cynical, wondering whether the utopian housing vision of strategies, toolkits and capital funds was too little, too late.

Age is no barrier for Silver Surfers!

“We’re not just silver surfers here – we’re getting to be Golden Googlers”
August 28, 2012 | By |


Pensioners at a Sheltered Housing Scheme in Abergele are proving that age is no barrier to joining the computer generation. After a little expert help and a great deal of enthusiasm the residents at Pentre Mawr have become digital dynamos discovering a whole new world of on-line activities.


“Even before a learning session with Jen Bailey, the Digital Inclusion Officer, our residents were raring to go with her help we’ve really embraced the opportunity,” said Alison Pring, Warden at the scheme, which is managed by Clwyd Alyn Housing Association.

Mum joins political elite to fight for carer’s rights

CLARE LALLY is Scottish Labour’s newest addition, bringing her experience of caring for her disabled child to the Shadow Cabinet.

Clare will make sure Labour understands the challenges facing families like hers
Clare will make sure Labour understands the challenges facing families like hers

A  DEVOTED mum is taking her experience of caring for her severely disabled daughter to the frontline of Scottish politics.

Clare Lally is to join Labour’s shadow cabinet as their first “Carers Champion”.

The role will see the 31-year-old, who has no previous political experience, advise Johann Lamont’s party on the challenges facing Scotland’s 660,000 carers.

Clare, of Duntocher, Dunbartonshire, said she was delighted to help influence key policy.

She said: “I have always been a Labour supporter. But to actually be able to contribute and help make a difference is a better opportunity than I could have asked for.”

Clare and partner Derek Steel, 36, provide round-the-clock care for Katie, five, who was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy after a difficult birth.