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Older People's Day

1 October 2020

This year as part of International Day of Older People we wanted to share some information with our residents who may be feeling a little lonely or isolated in the current climate and remind all residents to look out for their elderly family, friends and neighbours…a five minute phone call or conversation could make the world of difference to someone’s day. 

There is lots being done across the borough to help tackle loneliness and isolation and if you or someone you know would benefit from some support or just a friendly voice at the end of the phone then take a look at the information below about various activities, projects and services that may be able to help. 

Reconnections Project 

Reconnections is more than just a befriending service, they connect people with new friendships, activities, or experiences. They support over 65s in rediscovering their love of life in a proactive, fun and personal way. 

Reconnections creates bespoke plans with individuals depending on their needs and desires. Some may need confidence to get out after a period of isolation, some may have lost motivation and need a little encouragement, others may not want to go somewhere on their own, so they provide company. During these strange times things look a little different but they have organised mobile scrabble tournaments, tech tasters, group dog walks, garden visits, over-the-phone singing duets, virtual coffee mornings… the list goes on! 

If you or someone you know would benefit from time away from the armchair, get in touch and find out more. Visit the Reconnections website or give them a call on 0207 050 6565, a member of the team will be happy to help.

Reconnections are also on the lookout for volunteers who can call, visit or go out and about with a local resident. It is flexible and can fit around your other commitments. Give Daisy a call on 0207 050 6566 if you are interested.

Young at Heart Programme 

The Young at Heart programme is for Barking and Dagenham residents over the age of 60 and aims to help improve their mental and physical wellbeing. 

You can access a range of social and active sessions (including zumba gold, bingo, line dancing, tai chi and arts and crafts) across the borough in leisure centres and Active Age Centres for a small yearly fee. 

During this time activities have been moved to online sessions so please check out the NewMe website to find out how to sign up or email healthy.lifestyles@lbbd.gov.uk for more information.

Streets Apart over 65s walking project

Streets Apart is a new walking project which aims to reach isolated over 65s. 

You can join them for a weekly walk near where you live, they will go at a pace and to a distance that suits you, so come along and stretching your legs!

For more information call 0771 461 6599 or email patricia.edeam@livingstreets.org.uk

You can also visit the Streets Apart website

Barking and Dagenham Activities Hub

If your looking to make connections and get involved in activities in the borough then take a look at what's going on and further information about activities that are taking place across the borough on the Barking and Dagenham Activities Hub

Age UK - Local befriending service - Forget-Me-Not 

This service is a volunteer based befriending scheme for older people who are feeling lonely and isolated. It is funded for Redbridge residents but is also available in Havering and Barking & Dagenham for a very small monthly fee. The service can be either via a weekly home visit or phone calls, Monday to Friday up to five times a week.

Please note that at this time face to face home visits will not be taking place. For more information check out the Age UK website.

Age UK - Neighbourly volunteering 

Age UK have had lots of people asking how they can support older people who are staying at home during the pandemic. In order to best support those older people who may be in need of some simple assistance immediately, they have introduced the neighbourly volunteering programme.

They have put together a simple training video and their own spin on a postcard you can complete to offer help and to provide some key information to older neighbours.

Take a look at the video at Age UK to see how you could help a friend or Neighbour in need:

Video - Neighbourly volunteering.