Could we be helping you?

Maybe you know us for our dementia support, or for our computer classes. But there are many other things we can help with too:
• Advice and information phone line, as well as drop-in and scheduled appointments for more complex issues.
• Befriending
• Counselling
• Care Navigators (via GPs) to help you navigate the range of health and social care available.
• Help with food shopping
• Support with Direct Payments for care
• Day Resource Centres
• Opening Doors London – regional LGBT* service 
• Computer training 
• Home care service 
• Dementia support
• Help with nail care 
…and much more. Take a look around our website to find out more. 
Photo Credit: Neil Raja www.newroadcollective.com 

Maybe you know us for our dementia support, or for our computer classes. But there are many other things we can help with too:

 

• Advice and information phone line, as well as drop-in and scheduled appointments for more complex issues.

• Befriending

• Counselling

• Care Navigators (via GPs) to help you navigate the range of health and social care available.

• Help with food shopping

• Support with Direct Payments for care

• Day Resource Centres

• Opening Doors London – regional LGBT* service 

• Computer training 

• Home care service 

• Dementia support

• Help with nail care 


…and much more. Take a look around our website to find out more. 


Photo Credit: Neil Raja www.newroadcollective.com 

We can alleviate loneliness in Camden ...with your help 

You can’t have missed the recent media coverage of loneliness among older people. Sadly loneliness is a big issue for older people – nationally, almost half of older people say that television or pets are their main form of company[1],  and nearly a quarter of pensioners go out socially less than once a month[2].  Older people in Camden are no exception.  At this time of year, having nobody to share your thoughts with, nobody to cook for, and nobody to wish you Happy New Year, can make being alone even harder.

Age UK Camden can change this.  We run resource centres, activities and social groups where older people can make new friends and socialise.  For those who cannot easily leave their houses, we also run several befriending schemes.  Recently Fred, a writer and retired teacher, was matched with Colin, a teacher, who he now meets up with weekly to talk about teaching and politics.

 

Fred (above) said, “A few years ago, after moving house, I got a bit isolated and rather lonely, and a friend told me about the befriending scheme…  We meet up every week and there’s never the lack of anything to talk about.  A lot turns on what interested you when you were younger …Colin writes as well, and contributes to a literary magazine.  And it’s great that as a younger person, he has a different point of view.”    

Age UK Camden believes that everyone in Camden should be able to live a full life, with friends and the opportunity to pursue their interests, whatever their age.  We help over 8,000 people every year, with a whole range of services including counselling, help for those with dementia, services for the older LGBT* community, and much more.  For those who do not have family or friends living nearby, our resource centres in Kings Cross and Hampstead, and our information centre in Euston, are often the only places they can depend on for support, information and good advice when they need it. 

Can you help us to keep these services running in Camden by making a donation to our Annual Appeal?  We can only continue to provide these vital services with the help of donations by local people.  Without this support, their long-term future is under real threat.  

Donating is easy; either call us on 020 7239 0400 or click here. Every single pound you donate will directly help the charity to continue to provide frontline services for older people living in the borough of Camden.  

Thank you for your support, and we wish you a wonderful Christmas and New Year.

[1] TNS survey for Age UK, April 2014

[2] Department for Work and Pensions report, 2014

Photography Credits: Jo Bartlett-Hubbard.

 

 

Age UK Camden and Age UK - media coverage on commercial activities

Age UK Camden is pleased to be able to offer a free information and advice service to older people in Camden, and advise them on a whole range of issues including energy, insurance and financial planning.  However, we do not sell any specific products ourselves, nor do we receive commission.

Age UK, the national charity, has received a lot of media coverage recently. They strongly reject the allegations and interpretation of figures relating to their commercial products, and have issued statements clarifying their position, which you can read here:

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/update/

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/get-involved/a-heartfelt-message-to-our-supporters/

As a local charity, Age UK Camden is affiliated to Age UK, the national charity. We rent office space from them within their headquarters, receive modest but useful funding (£15,000 is due for 2016-17), together with some campaigning and information materials.  

At Age UK Camden we help over 8,000 older Camden residents every year, with a whole range of services including counselling, support for those with dementia, services for the older LGBT* community, and much more.  We continue to offer free, impartial information and advice to older people who need it. For those who do not have family or friends living nearby, our services are often the only places they can depend on, and we are proud to be able to provide this support.

 

 

Information and Advice

The Information and Advice service offers support with one-off queries, as well as extended support for more complex issues, support with Direct Payments, and benefit checks to maximise income.

Please call Age UK Camden's Information Line on 020 7837 3777 Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

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My Living Will Launches

A new national charity with strong Camden roots has been established. Age UK Camden is proud to have inputted to the charity’s development and launch.  My Living Will – see www.mylivingwill.org.uk – encourages everyone to think about taking choice and control over their lives in case serious illness strikes and in later life generally. Its website provides information for people to prepare their own Advanced Decision or Advance Statement, or for a £10 fee to have one prepared. Age UK Camden’s CEO Gary Jones commented “Living Wills allow people to give guidance to families and families about future care. The law says that you are able to make decisions about your health and care for yourself unless you are not mentally capable. Specifically, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 allows people to make an Advance Decision, Advance Statement and a Lasting Power of Attorney. However the Act does not allow you to request any specific treatments that may end your life.”

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020 7239 0400 020 7239 0400

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Volunteer

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for Age UK Camden and right now we really need people who live in the NW6 and NW2 area to befriend people living with Dementia.  We are also looking for help in our Leather Lane Shop, and for volunteers to escort older people to their medical appointments as part of our Care Navigator service. 

Care Navigation Service

Care navigators are trained professionals who work within health and social care to make sure that patients get the care and support they need; Our focus on supporting people to access community and voluntary sector services that help them to remain independent and well. Care Navigators are based within GP practices the borough with outreach from these ‘hubs’ to all practices in the borough. 

 

Our Services

Digital Inclusion

In general, older people are more likely to be disadvantaged in harnessing the power of ICT and therefore less able to overcome the digital divide.
This video, made by Governance International, gives an overview of Age UK Camden's Computer Training Project and how we help older people to bridge the gap.

To find out more about Computer Training Project, click here.

Opening Doors London-Evaluation

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*) service based at Age UK Camden, run in association with Age UK London.

LGBT* older people experience more social isolation and wider mental health problems than their straight peers, but ODL makes a key difference.

ODL’s impressive 2015 evaluation results are here: ODL Evaluation 2015 and a summary can be seen via this infographic: http://on.fb.me/1j8Zkq9

Dementia Services

Age UK Camden strives to be a dementia friendly organisation. Dementia awareness training is provided for all our staff and volunteers. Go to Our Services section to find out more about the Dementia Advisor, Befriending and Day Services

 

Donate to Age UK Camden Now

We are a local, independent charity responsible for raising all our own funds. Your financial support is vital to help us continue our work with older people in Camden.

Please consider:

  • Making a one-off donation - or better still a regular monthly donation
  • Leaving us a gift in your will
  • Organising or participating in a fundraising event
  • Donating good quality goods to our Leather Lane Charity Shop

OurCamden

OurCamden is a chance to meet new people. It is a chance to try new things from around the borough and beyond. It is a chance to save money with Camden businesses. And it is a chance to connect more with the borough. 

Visit the website to see OurEvents and become a Member

We can help make your Camden, OurCamden! 

Services Directory

Age UK Camden has a comprehensive services directory featuring information on local services on care, health, housing, money, leisure, etc. It also links to written materials from key organisations like Age UK and Camden Council, so you can download factsheets and leaflets at the touch of a button. The directory has full search facilties too.

Housing e-Resource

The Age UK Camden Housing e-resource has been especially developed for the London Borough of Camden’s Private Sector Housing market and can be used by private sector tenants and leaseholders, local landlords & agents and local advice and support networks.

The user-friendly site includes links to local advice and support networks which can help you deal with everyday issues linked to private sector housing.

Click here to go to the website: