Crisis in Health and Social Care

City & Hackney Older People’s Summit

Older people are bearing the brunt of squeezed budgets in both the NHS and local government. Care homes are closing in unprecedented numbers. Councils are increasingly unable to afford home care. The NHS is under great strain, with waiting lists lengthening. Accident and Emergency services are chockablock and local Clinical Commissioning Groups are being asked to find hundreds of millions in savings.

All residents and community groups welcome

A meeting bringing together City & Hackney residents, community groups and older people organisations to take a stand for decent, public and fully-funded provision of care.

Date and venue

  • Thursday 22 June, 10:30 to 12:30
  • Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church Hall, 100a Balls Pond Rd, N1 4AG


  • Dot Gibson, National Secretary Pensioners’ Convention
  • Dr Coral Jones, Hackney GP
  • Jane Caldwell (Chief Executive, Age UK East London)

More information (online)

More information (human) or book your place

  • David Holland
    • Email:
    • Phone: 07810 771692

Consultation meeting

  • Hackney Council plans to charge for ‘telecare’ alarm service
  • New service for home adaptations

When and where

  • Thursday 23 February, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church Hall, 100a Balls Pond Road, N1 4AG
    (nearest buses 30, 38, 56, 277)
  • If you have mobility difficulties, please phone 07810 771 692 for help with transport.


  • Hannah Moorhouse, Hackney council project manager for telecare and personalisation
  • A representative from Millbrook, the company providing home adaptations and small repairs

Have your say on the plan to introduce charges for ‘telecare’ services. Telecare includes emergency pendants that allow people to raise an alarm as well as response and monitoring services. You can see the alarm gadgets, and find out what the new home adaptations service offers too.

16th Older People’s Reference Group Annual Event

Helping each other to help ourselves

When and where

  • Tuesday 25 October, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • City Academy, Homerton Row, London E9 6EA
    (buses 394, 425, 488, 263 or Homerton overground).

Panel of speakers

  • Cllr Rosemary Sales (Speaker of Hackney)
  • Sharon Ellis (Hackney Council commissioner of older people’s services
  • and more


  • Learning in later life
  • Person-centred care
  • Urgent and out of hours care
  • Safeguarding
  • Social isolation


  • Fish and chip lunch
  • Music from the Connaught Opera
  • Massage sessions
  • Information stalls

Tackling Older People’s Social Isolation and Launch of City of London Befriending Service

How big a problem is social isolation of older people in the City and what can be done?

Come and give your views and learn about a new Befriending Service.

  • Tuesday 27th September, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Basinghall Suite, Guildhall, EC2P 2EJ

  1. 10:00 – 10:30
    Tea, Coffee & Registration
  2. 10:30 – 10:40
    Welcome and Chair’s comments
    Dr Cynthia White, Chair – City & Hackney OPRG
  3. 10:40 – 11:00
    Social Isolation in the City of London
    Dr Roger Green, Senior Research Fellow – Centre for Community Engagement, Goldsmiths University
  4. 11:00 – 11:20
    City of London perspective
    Adam Johnstone, Strategy Officer – Housing/Adult Social Care
  5. 11:20 – 11:30
    Q & A
  6. 11:30 – 11:45
  7. 11:45 – 12:00
    A new befriending service for the City of London
    Jane Caldwell, CEO – Age UK East London
  8. 12:00 – 12:15
    Co-production and peer support at the heart of group and social activities
    Judy Guy-Briscoe, Volunteer Walk Leader – Age Concern City of London
  9. 12:15 – 12:25
    Q & A
  10. 12:25 – 12:30
    Chair’s closing comments
  11. 12:30 – 1:30
    Light refreshments and networking

If you wish to attend please: email or phone 020 7091 2593

For help with transport for people who cannot manage public transport – call 020 7241 5906

Caring for our Carers

A meeting to discuss support for older people who care for other family members

  • 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday 25 July 2016
  • Our Lady & St Joseph’s Church Hall, 100a Balls Pond Rd, N1 4AG

  • Genette Laws, Assistant Director of Commissioning, LB Hackney
  • Kaye Medcalf, Outreach Officers — and Sallie Fellowes, City & Hackney Carers Centre
  • Steven Reading, Dementia Support Manager — and Clare Davies, Carers Assessment Worker, Alzheimers’ Society
  • Rachael Yearwood, Live Well Information and Support Team Manager, St Joseph’s Hospice

For help with transport for people with mobility difficulties, phone 020 7241 5906