Age UK London is a campaigning organisation actively striving to get the voices of older people heard. With that in mind, we thought it best to hear from some of the older Londoners we have worked with down the years. Today we talk to Angela, who tells us all about some of the Age UK London events she has attended. If this article inspires you to tell your story, please get in touch! You can also find our previous “In the Hotseat” blog here.
Age UK London has been a great source of information for me, from their publications and online resources, through to the various events they run.
These sessions are an opportunity to meet with speakers who discuss topics that are important to older Londoners – teaching us what we need to know, who to ask, and where to go.
Such topics range from teaching us to use computers right through to keeping us up to date with important medical information. Whatever the reason for the event, they are always a great opportunity to meet and speak with people in similar age groups and situations. As much as we learn from the different speakers, there’s also so much to gain from talking to people your own age and hearing all about their different experiences.
It often results in a whole lot of laughter as we put the world to rights while we enjoy each others’ company!
These sessions are also a great chance for leaders of older people’s forums to present their solutions for problems and listen to our feedback. It’s nice to be able to suggest solutions and help to work out the way ahead together.
The “Techy Tea Parties” feature one to one IT guidance from volunteers. We can bring phones, tablets, laptops or any other digital equipment that we are struggling with and receive tailored advice and support. Plus there’s the chance to chat with friends of a similar age over a cup of tea and cake!
One recent event saw staff from Barclays bank work alongside members of the police to teach us all about avoiding scams. This is especially important as increasing numbers of older people gain access to online services, we need to be kept aware of the best ways to stay safe online.
I am very grateful to Age UK London for hosting these events and I look forward to attending more in the future!