Happy new year! It’s been a fantastic last twelve months here at Age UK London: we’ve moved to a brand new office; hosted an election hustings with all four major mayoral candidates; and celebrated another successful year of our Fit 4 Purpose project! There have been a huge number of individual achievements too though. With that in mind, we wanted to use our last blog of the year to let our staff members tell you about their favourite moments of 2016 and to outline their ambitions for the coming twelve months.
Paul Goulden – Chief Executive
First of all I am so proud to have taken on the job as CEO of Age UK London this November.
In 2017 I want to continue our work as the voice of older people throughout London.
Alice Westlake – Project Leader of Age Concern City of London
In 2016 I explored a wide range of confectionery from around the globe.
I helped to expand our offering for older people in the square mile, with a new befriending service, a series of regular trips and outings, as well as a monthly short walk for older people recovering from hospital treatment, in partnership with Barts hospital.
In the next twelve months I hope to build on our links with the older Bangladeshi community in the east of the City, looking to establish a lunch club, conversational English classes and digital learning.
Kathleen Egan – Programmes and Capacity Manager
For me, I’m very proud of working on – and securing – the funding bid for the older private sector tenants programme, in partnership with the Nationwide Foundation.
Next year I want to secure further funding to allow older people to engage with each other, improving their own wellbeing and local environment in the process.
Heather Vernon – PA to Chief Executive
One achievement was to organise the office move from Elephant and Castle to Tavistock Square in July.
My plan for 2017 is to update the IT function within Age UK London.
Dale Disson – General Manager of Age UK London Trading
I’m especially proud of the fact that the trading company is on track to exceed its budget expectations for distributed profits to Age UKs across London by over £40,000 in 2016/17.
My aim is now to improve upon this next year!
Janine Aldridge – Fit for Purpose and Healthwatch City of London Coordinator
One thing I’m proud of is putting on a panel discussion made up of senior representatives from Barts Health NHS Trust at the Healthwatch City of London annual conference. Not only did the senior team engage in an excellent discussion but they stayed for the whole event which is a real sign of commitment to the community.
In the next 12 months I aim to increase the number of blog posts I write to encourage timely debate on the issues affecting older people in London.
Danny Elliott – Communications and Fundraising Officer
I was so proud to work on the London Mayoral Manifesto campaign and getting the candidates to focus on making London a great place to grow older.
In the coming year I want even more people to be impacted by our work.
Carl Francis – Customer Service and Sales Administrator at Age UK London Business Directory
This year I am proud to have continued supporting the Business Directory by working closely with our fantastic volunteers.
Next year I hope to develop our volunteer programme to the next level!
George Harvey – Communications Assistant
My favourite moment of 2016 was finally being offered a job and getting to work with the Age UK London team!
The plan for 2017 is to communicate even more with older people throughout London, by continuing to promote our revamped blog and relaunching our Facebook page – watch this space!
So there we have it – another year gone and we’re already looking ahead for new ways to make London a great place to grow older in 2017! Thank you for all your support throughout 2016, have a very happy new year!