The May 1st PAiL NewsletterWelcome to this our 4th newsletter since late March. PAiL is working to send you updates, information, links and ideas to help you stay active and involved throughout this Covid 19 crisis. The aim is to help keep older Londoners interested and involved and to try to help age organisations to be able to access useful information. Please send it on to any of your members or contacts who may be interested plus if you or any volunteers or hubs or age fora want to print this off or copy and paste information for your own local publication please do. We are interested in hearing from others ideas, feedback, useful links that we can include in the future, so send them to email@example.com
Have Your Say!
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Staying alive: Inspiration for ideas to keep healthy whilst fundraising ideas
Take The 2.6 Challenge In Your Home
As the London Marathon has had to be postponed, charities are losing out. Instead you can support them by taking the 2.6 challenge. You can do anything that is a challenge for you: Walking up and down your stairs 26 times, walk one mile on 26 days or 2.6 miles on ten days or something else…..After all if someone aged 99 can raise more than £20 million for the NHS, by walking around his garden with a walking frame, we can all do something!
The Skipping Sikh
Here is a lovely story with you of the ‘skipping sikh’ who’s story has gone viral everywhere and in every country! Here’s a link to the piece in the BBC and you can support his fundraiser for the NHS here.
Stay Safe at Home
Having a fall now is a major problem at any time but even more so now – here is a helpful guide to help reduce the risks around the home.
Stay In Touch
More money in your pocket and a free TV license
As you probably know, from August 1 this year the free TV license for people over 75 will only be available for those who claim Pension Credit. If you – or someone you know – could do with a bit more cash as well as continue getting the free TV license, now is a good time to claim as the claims process takes longer than usual due to the Virus. Those who get Pension Credit are also entitled to free dental treatment and possibly help with council tax and housing cost. You can apply by phoning 0800 99 1234 (Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 6 pm). You will need to have some documents to hand:
– Your National Insurance number
– Information about your income, savings and investments
– Your bank account details
You can also apply by post. You can call the number and ask them to send you an application form, or you can download a copy from the website: www.gov.uk/pension-credit
There is useful information and advice on the GLA website: The GLA online hub has also developed a lot in recent weeks and the pages for civil society are helpful if you are a member of a voluntary body, Age Forum or Charity.
Here are links to some sites and campaigns that our partners are running: Age UK London and GLF are sending out their Newsletter later this week, and we have written a small piece about our work. GLF tell us that there are some excellent local Age Forum Newsletters – for one example, go to Kensington and Chelsea Age Forum Newsletter: The National Pensioners Convention produce both national Newsletters and London wide ones. To access their April Newsletter click here.