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The Over 50s Outreach Service Newsletter

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Welcome back to our newsletter

Designed to keep service providers and referrers up to date with the latest news NORCAS is a provider of services for people with drug, alcohol and gambling problems in East Anglia. We are supported by the national addiction charity Phoenix Futures.

OFOS on the Radio Kate joined Peter Rowley, Chairman of Care for Carers, on his ‘Carers Corner’ show at local community station Future Radio 107.8FM. They discussed the work of the Over 50s Outreach Service, tips on safer drinking for older people and how listeners could find out more about the work we do. Care for Carers offers friendly confidential advice and guidance. For more information go to their website www.careforcarers.co.uk or telephone 01603 741160. If you would like to listen to the broadcast it can be found on the following link www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/over-50s


Working with Older People with Alcohol Problems – Kings College

On January 31st Kings College, London hosted “Working with Older People with Alcohol Problems”, a conference aimed at improving knowledge and enhancing good practice across all aspects of alcohol, drug and prescription medication dependency issues in this area. The OFOS were invited to deliver a session called ‘Alcohol and Medication Use in Older Adults’ to the almost 100 practitioners, policy makers and academics attending. Kate and Simon spoke about the OFOS and the work we do to help older people and their families who may have issues with alcohol and prescription medication. The 30 minute presentation was followed by a lively discussion about the challenges faced by professionals working in this area which highlighted many of the points in our leaflet “A Dangerous Cocktail’. For a copy of the leaflet, to invite the team to come to speak to you or your organisation about substance misuse in older people or to make a referral for yourself or a client contact the team at over.50s@phoenix-futures.org.uk

The OFOS is on Twitter follow us @Over50sOutreach Here’s a taster of some of our recent ‘tweets’;

Sportspark donates over £600 to NORCAS Charity http://www.phoenix-futures.org.uk/sportsparkdonates-over-600-to-norcas-charity/ Seven million ‘take painkillers so they can work’ via @Telegraph http://soc.li/MA5NPHl

Meet the team Kate Lawrence Substance Misuse Worker

Simon Wakefield Substance Misuse Worker

BBC News - Level of excess drinking of alcohol ‘is underestimated’ http://bbc.in/XfYeZK BBC News - Why does being lonely make you ill? http://bbc.in/X26sX0

Julia Wildin Counsellor

BBC News - Dementia ‘affects 80% of care home residents’ http://bbc.in/YwSdt6 There’s lots of lonely older people let’s not forget Call us on 01603 660 070 them - #Heartwarming - Facebook Plea Brings Hundreds To or email Funeral http://news.sky.com/story/1055081/facebookover.50s@phoenix-futures.org.uk plea-brings-hundreds-to-funeral Phoenix House (operating as Phoenix Futures) is a registered charity in England and Wales (No. 284880) and in Scotland (No. SC039008)

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