Ministerial Advisory Forum on Ageing (MAFA) – Information and Updates

1.    Written Statement by the Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services
The Deputy Minister has today published a Written Statement on “Older People’s Rights and Coronavirus”.  A link to the statement can be found here:
2.    Tribute to Phyllis Preece, National Pensioners Convention Wales
Vicki Lloyd, Chair of MAFA and Chief Executive of Age Cymru, informed everyone about the sad news of Phyllis’ passing at our last meeting.  Age Cymru have paid tribute to Phyllis and the article can be found here:
3.    Request for research partners from MAFA to help with project on COVID-19 and social exclusion amongst older adults
Dr Martin Hyde, member of MAFA and representative for the Centre for Innovative Ageing at Swansea University is asking for your help in a research project that he will be involved with.
There is already quite a lot of research being conducted on the impact of coronavirus; some of which includes older adults as part of the general population sample.  However, the problem with this is that they almost exclusively rely on online surveys. This means that that they will not capture the experiences of people who don’t use the Internet.  Therefore, the Centre are proposing to do a more focused study using telephone interviews to try to reach out to people who may be at risk of social exclusion. They are particularly interested in linking up with groups who work with older adults who are in the following groups: 1) living in deprived areas, 2) on reduced means, 3) from minority ethnic backgrounds, 4) in poorer health, and 5) at risk of loneliness.
The Centre is looking for research partners to help them with this piece of work.  If you would like to get more information or become involved, please let me know and I will pass your details to Martin so that he can get in  touch directly.
4.    Useful documents / information related to Covid-19:
I have attached some useful documents and information which you may like to disseminate amongst your contacts.  I have also included a word document that contains some of the policies that supermarkets have in place to support unpaid carers and those they care for.
5.    Have your say; the kind of Wales we all want post Covid-19:
In Plenary on the 6th May, the Counsel General said that “Supporting the most vulnerable and ensuring that no-one is left behind will be at the heart of how we seek to emerge from the economic impacts of COVID-19.  In our discussion of this, there was a recognition that there needs to be an open public debate on the kind of Wales that we all want; a recognition that there has been a shift in the value people place on different sectors of the economy, with a renewed appreciation of the huge contribution of our key workers”.
“It is of course equally important that we hear from people in Wales, and in the coming weeks I’ll be convening a further series of virtual round-tables with experts from across Wales, who will bring their own expertise to the discussions. We’ll also be hearing from our social partners and from stakeholders across Wales, and we’re also encouraging submissions to be sent to [email protected], and the ideas are already coming in”.

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