Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Hackney’s Mayoral Adviser for Older People and Carers, steps down
Cllr Yvonne Maxwell has announced that she will be stepping down from her role as Mayoral Adviser for Older People and Carers from 31 January 2023.
Since February 2020, Cllr Maxwell has worked closely with cabinet members, officers and residents to support the development and delivery of Hackney’s Ageing Well Strategy, a 5 year plan to make Hackney a more age-friendly borough that responds to the needs and interests of residents aged 55 and over.
The appointment followed Cllr Maxwell’s prior work as the Council’s Dementia Champion, where she helped raise awareness and understanding of dementia. In January 2018 she helped secure a commitment from the Council towards making Hackney a dementia friendly borough.
I am immensely grateful to Yvonne for everything that she has achieved in the last three years. Her leadership in delivering the Ageing Well Strategy, launched during difficult circumstances in the midst of the pandemic, was vital in addressing the challenges and aspirations of older people in our community and highlighting the importance of intergenerational dialogue.
Yvonne’s passion for helping and representing people shines through in all her work. Her legacy will ensure that Hackney remains a borough that values, empowers and includes older residents, one that both benefits from their contributions and supports them to shape services and thrive. On behalf of everyone at Hackney, I wish her all the best in her future and in no doubt that she will continue to passionately advocate for this work on the Council and in the community.
While I won’t immediately be appointing a successor, this work will continue to thrive within the Council and have a powerful advocate in myself and Cllr Kennedy.
It was a pleasure working alongside Cllr Maxwell. She leaves a legacy of our excellent Ageing Well Strategy coupled with a strong voice for our older residents in the form of the Hackney Older Citizens Committee. I will also never be able to sit on a bench in a Hackney public realm setting without being reminded of her tireless campaigning for accessible seating. I wish her well in her new job and am sure she will remain an active voice and champion for all her constituents.