Happy new year! It’s been a brilliant last twelve months here at Age UK London: we’ve completed our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme, launched our new Age Allies Project, and hosted a huge number of events as part of The Way Ahead, a new programme sponsored by the City Bridge Trust. 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 2017 and to outline their ambitions for the coming twelve months.
Robert Brown – Head of Finance
My proudest achievement this year is joining Age UK London, where a worthy cause is delivered by a dedicated team and supported by a large number of volunteers and stakeholders. Over the coming year I will play my part in the charity’s continued success as we continue to help those who most need it, while building on our support for other like-minded charities.
Paul Goulden – Chief Executive
I’m proud of the contributions we’ve made to supporting local older people’s organisations in London, and for championing the cause of older people across the capital. My aim for next year is to challenge the perception of older people as a burden, and to promote the over 60s as an asset to all communities
Alice Westlake – Project Leader of Age Concern City of London
I’m proud to have delivered a fantastic Christmas event in collaboration with Barbican Cinema which was attended by 100 older City residents! Next year I’d like to expand our digital provision in the City of London and to work with more vulnerable and hard-to-reach older City residents.
Gordon Deuchars – Policy and Campaigns Manager
I’ve been proud to lead an excellent team working on our Older Private Sector Tenants Programme supported by Nationwide Foundation. We’ve put the needs and concerns of London’s growing number of older private renters in front of key decision-makers, who’ve reacted positively. I’m optimistic that it will lead to action to support older renters in future. In 2018 I am particularly looking forward to the age manifesto we will be putting forward for the London borough Council elections in May. We’ll be raising candidates’ awareness of the range of issues affecting older people locally in an age of austerity, and will support local organisations to influence Councillors in their boroughs.
Kathleen Egan – Operations Manager
For me, I’m proud of securing funding from the City Bridge Trust for ‘The Way Ahead Engagement project’ and running packed workshops for older Londoners and their organisations on; avoiding scams, managing long term conditions, planning ahead, positive mental health and improving London’s environment. 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.
Richard Norman – Age Allies Programme Officer
I am very proud of the workshop I have developed in collaboration with the Age Allies volunteers. We are really getting people thinking about stereotypes and age discrimination. In 2018 we will deliver the free workshop to dozens of organisations and businesses and help to make London an age friendly city.
Janine Aldridge – Healthwatch City of London Officer
I was pleased that the Healthwatch conference last year was such a success. Seeing local people involved in shaping their services is rewarding and it’s good to give them this opportunity. Next year, I want to continue to work with communities in helping them access the services they need.
Heather Vernon – PA to Chief Executive
It was particularly pleased with myself this year, as I project managed the installation of the IT hardware and the migration from one IT provider to another. I was out of my comfort zone in both projects, but am really proud of myself that it happened. For 2018, I’m not too sure… Continue to do the best of my ability and have fun!
George Harvey – Communications and Campaigns Officer
I’m absolutely delighted to have progressed from my role as Communications Assistant, as well as playing a role in the publication of “Living in Fear”, our research into the experiences of older private renters. Oh and running 5k dressed as Santa is always an experience… Next year, I hope to continue using our communications channels to support older Londoners – particularly through our Age Allies project!
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 2018! Thank you for all your support throughout 2017, have a very happy new year and we’ll see you soon!