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COPE is pleased to announce a new initiative: TALKING TOGETHER.  
 
Offering telephone based discussions, this programme will bring participants together with other older adults for engaging and challenging conversations about topics of shared interest.  Each group will be facilitated by skilled leaders from organisations that include Wicken Fen, the National Trust sanctuary, and Kettleā€™s Yard, the Jim and Helen Ede house and gallery dedicated to contemporary art.  We will also focus on poetry and the history and unique character of Cambridge.
 
 
You may choose from four weekly discussion groups of forty-five minutes per session.  Meeting by telephone on Monday and Thursday afternoons throughout January 2020, they each will be limited to eight members and a facilitator. Registration will be taken on a first come first served basis.  If you cannot be accommodated in this initial round, your information will be retained and you will be included as we move forward with subsequent groups.
 


We were very excited to see our very own chairman, David Bailey, interviewed on Cambridge radio 105 to talk about COPE. Listen to the podcast here:
   

 
COPE says "DON'T COMPLAIN - CAMPAIGN" and "OUR STRENGTH IS IN OUR NUMBERS"
 
COPE has some 3.000 registered individual members.
 
COPE is campaigning to prevent loneliness with the National Campaign to End Loneliness which has identified Cambridgeshire as the project area in England. There are an estimated 1.1 million over 65s in the UK who are chronically lonely, and more likely because of their loneliness to develop heart disease, depression and dementia. Being lonely is similar to smoking fifteen cigarettes a day in its effect on your life expectancy.
 
Find out more about the Campaign to End Loneliness by clicking here.
 
 
 
COUNCIL TAX DOUBLES IN TEN YEARS - For many years Cambridgeshire has been one of the fastest growing populations in the country, how can we cope with such rapid expansion with little or no extra resources.  Cambridgeshire County Council is struggling with the cost of providing for an ageing population and needs of residents with complex health and learning disabilities.  Write to COPE with your opinion.
 

 
COPE supports a campaign by Help the Aged (now AgeUK), if you think an older person is being harmed or mistreated, you can speak to someone in confidence. To speak to trained staff/volunteers Free phone: 0808 808 8141 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm or visit www.elderabuse.org.uk
 

COPE needs active volunteers, please contact us at cambridgecope@hotmail.co.uk if you can spare three hours a week to help with general administration, research, campaigning, fund raising, etc.
 
Whatever your interests - COPE needs you!
 
Can you volunteer to help COPE?
 
Phone the COPE Administrator on 01223 364303 or email cambridgecope@hotmail.co.uk if you think you have the qualities to support COPE on our Executive committee.  COPE needs enthusiastic and committed people to help.

 
If you wish to submit material or an advert in the regular COPE Newsletter please send it to the COPE office at cambridgecope@hotmail.co.uk
 
 
Last Updated 3 December 2019
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