Annual Appeal

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 on ‘How You Can Help’ on the menu above. 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: Neil Raja (www.newroadcollective.com) and Jo Bartlett-Hubbard.

Information and Advice

Offering 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)

 

The advocacy service is now provided by Rethink. The line is open from 10am - 2pm Monday to Friday.

Rethink Advice And Information Service

0300 5000 927

The Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service offers practical help on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, welfare benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers rights. They also offer general help on living with mental illness, medication, care and treatment.

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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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

What is a care navigator?  

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. 

Email: carenav@ageukcamden.org.uk

Phone: 07496 370 672

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.

Opening Doors London-Evaluation

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the regional Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender* (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.

E-Housing Resource

The Age UK Camden 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.

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