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Independent Age


Advice, support and information tailored for you!

We hope you had an enjoyable festive break and are now looking forward to the year ahead. At Independent Age, we’re here to help you, your relatives and friends get the advice and support you need. Please get in touch if you'd like to:

    • arrange an appointment with an advisor for free advice and information
    • order our free information guides 
    • discuss receiving a free, regular friendship telephone call or visit

We also have lots of information available on our website on subjects including money, support and care, housing options, health and future planning.

Call our freephone Helpline on 0800 319 6789. Lines are open 8.30am – 6.30pm Monday to Friday, 9am -1pm Saturday, closed Sundays and bank holidays.

Unison Retired Members Walking Group Print E-mail

Unison Retired Members Walking Group

Walks 2019


Jan 15th    Meet 10.15

Walk Leader   John Buxton

Gorenhambury St Albans

Eat the 6 Bells


February 19th    Meet 10.15

The Essex arms     Walk Casiobury Park,   Watford

Walk leader   Jean & John G


March 19th    Meet 10.15    

Heartwood Forest   Sawbridgeworth

Eat ?? Green Man / Queens Head??

Walk leader Graham Fenn


April 16th     Meet 10.15

River Lea / New River   Hoddesdon

Walk Leader Ron & Gloria


May 21st     T B A


June 18th   Meet 10.15

Meet Harpenden Golf Club

Jeff & Julie


July 16th    T B A


Aug 20     Meet 10.15

Northaw Great Wood,   The Ridgeway B157

Cuffley   EN6 4BQ

Eat Local Garden Centre.

Walk Leader Pauline


Sept 17         Meet 10.15

Walk Leader   John Buxton


October 15th     Meet 10.15

Walk Leader   Marion


November 19th      Meet






Unison Retired Members Section Print E-mail

Unison Retired Members Section

                                                                                                                                                     Annual General Meeting held on 3/12/18 at the Mercure Hotel, Hatfield.


Chair. Mike Tenwick

Vice Chair. Marie Stanley

Treasurer. Ann Foster

Admin Secretary. Marie Stanley

Membership Secretary. Mike Tenwick

Minute Secretary. Adrian Service.

Welfare Officer. Christine Jones.

Social Secretary. Position unfilled.

Walks Organiser. John Grainger

RMS Committee Members.

Barbara Burridge

Sue Hurley.


To contact any of the Officers telephone 01992 556260.


A new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Print E-mail

A new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Ok, it’s Jeremy Hunt, so not exactly new. But the title is new – they’ve added ‘and Social Care’ at the end. This is a positive step forward – it hopefully shows the Government are thinking seriously about health and social care integration. After many months of campaigning, they’re paying attention. So what does this mean for the future? We need action, not simply a symbolic name change. We want to see health and social care genuinely on an equal footing – in planning, budget and respect for the workforce. With the social care Green Paper now the responsibility of the Department of Health, we’re hoping they won’t miss the opportunity.

Ah yes - the Green Paper

We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: social care is in crisis. Last spring, after consistent campaigning, the Government decided they were going to address the problem by bringing out a Green Paper which will set out their ideas for improving the system. After some more campaigning, they told us when it will be published – this summer. We’re hoping for a Green Paper which details ambitious reforms that create a revitalised care system that is fairer, more transparency on costs, and provides long-term solutions in line with individuals’ needs and goals. Reforms should ensure that no care need is left unmet, and it needs to be really clear what the responsibility of the state is and what is down to the individual.

High hopes for Health watch

Last year, over 2,000 people emailed their MP, asking them to work with their local Health watch to introduce our 8 care home quality indicators. These indicators were designed to help people make informed decisions about their care home. So far we know five Health watch organisations are in the process of implementing our indicators and we’re hoping more will join them!

Keep the conversation on loneliness going

Jo Cox MP saw the damage that loneliness did in her community and was determined to find a solution. She set up the Loneliness Commission to do just that, and after her death, it was renamed in her honour. We joined forces with other organisations – including Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Carers UK – to help the Jo Cox Commission publish their manifesto: Combatting loneliness one conversation at a time. In 2018, we want to see their calls put into action: a new UK wide Strategy for Loneliness across all ages, a nominated lead Minister and more innovation in this area.

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