Older people take centre stage

OLDER people’s services in Hackney take centre stage next week, at an annual forum also featuring free entertainment and food.

The ninth Older People’s Reference Group Annual Event takes place on 26 October at the Petchey Academy, Shacklewell Lane, between 10am and 4pm.

Residents are being invited to attend to quiz Hackney Council and local NHS officers and take part in workshops on a variety of issues including forthcoming changes in adult social care; safeguarding vulnerable older people from abuse; healthy eating on a budget; and advocacy services.

Hackney’s London Assembly member, Jennette Arnold, will also be present to speak about older people’s transport issues.

Entertainment will be provided by the JFL Singers, along with a complimentary lunch, massage sessions, and an awards ceremony for the conclusion of the New Age Games, a Council-run programme of sports for older people including swimming, aerobics, cycling, archery and gym activities.

The Older People’s Reference Group is supported by Age Concern Hackney, in partnership with Hackney Council and NHS City & Hackney.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: "The Older People s Reference Group puts residents in the driving seat when it comes to how we organise services, and I strongly recommend attendance. Hackney Council is investing in and transforming its adult social care, and it is important that residents are involved in how we do this."

To attend, booking in advance is necessary – for more information, or requests for help with transport for those with mobility issues, please contact David Holland at Age Concern Hackney on 020 7241 5906 or write to: OPRG, c/o Age Concern Hackney, 22 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ.