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Bumper turn out for Hackney Homes winter warmer event


Once again hundreds of Hackney Homes’ residents attended the Winter Warmer event to get health and well-being advice and find out about local services for older people.

The annual event, held in Hackney Town Hall on 3 December, provided residents over 55 with tips on reducing energy bills, free health checks and was an opportunity for neighbours to mingle and old friends to get together.

A variety of activities were on offer on the day with bingo and fitness classes proving a big hit with the crowd. Residents were also treated to a pampering session of massages and manicures.

Hackney Community College and ELATT provided information on training opportunities for older people, including shorter courses in IT skills and cookery.

Those in attendance were able to find out more about Hackney Homes and Hackney Council services including repairs, recycling on estates, Hackney libraries, estate safety, income services and gas services.

Clapton resident, Winifred Roach, said: "It's been a really good event. I’ve learnt a bit from each of the stalls. I've met so many friends who I have not seen for a long while. It’s been a happy occasion."

Hackney Mayor, Jules Pipe, Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Philip Glanville and Deputy Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sade Etti attended the event and mingled and spoke with providers and attendees.

More than forty organisations were present on the day, amongst them were Age UK, Big Energy Saving Network, Climate Energy and London Fire Brigade offering free support to residents.

Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing
The event has grown in popularity over the years, and continues to go from strength to strength, providing older residents with the information and support they need during these winter months. It’s nice to speak with residents and hear the positive feedback from them about the day.
Cllr Philip Glanville, Cabinet Member for Housing