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Older woman with family Later life planning service

Free and confidential information and advice on welfare and benefits, housing or support services as well as how to keep healthy and active.

Growing older doesn’t come with a manual, our service helps older people living in Barnet to manage and plan for the challenges that ageing brings, whilst retaining independence, choice and control in their lives. 

Since 2014, this service has helped an ever growing number of older people in Barnet with accessing services, claiming benefit entitlements and much more. Read about the service's success in its second year report.

How to access the service 

The team is based at Age UK Barnet’s offices but advisers also work out in the community to reach as many people as possible across the borough. 

The service operates Monday to Friday 9-4pm.

Get in touch with us 

Topics we cover:

Our advisers are trained to help you on the following topics.

  • Social care - such as finding a care home or getting some help at home, and how it's funded.
  • Your income - including free benefits checks, help with applying for benefits and pension advice, as well as a personal grant for essential items.
  • Your home - information on staying warm at home, home adapatations and how to prevent falls, how to get help from your gas an electricity provider.
  • Legal issues - such as wills, Power of Attorney, and how to deal with an estate.

  • Do you need help with your tax?

    Age UK Barnet hosts free tax advice surgeries, provided by the charity TaxHelp for Older People, for people aged over 60 and on low incomes (less than £15,000 a year household income).

    Tax help for older people

  • Benefit calculator

    Are you claiming all the benefits you are entitled to? There is almost £5 billion in unclaimed benefits by older people. Fnd out if you are one of those missing out.

    Age UK's Benefit Calculator

Free booklets and online information

Other resources in Barnet

Social Care Connect

Social Care Connect is the London Borough of Barnet's web-based service containing details of all social care services and a range of other community based support in the borough. This includes exercise classes, transport issues and community clubs.

Barnet Care Directory 2017

The Barnet Care Directory is designed to help you and your family make the best choice to meet your needs. It gives up to date information on registered residential and nursing homes and local care agencies along with contacts and information.

Helping Hands

This scheme helps older people (who do not meet FACS eligibility criteria for service but are seen as having low-moderate risk levels) by providing shopping, pension collection, bill payment, banking and prescription collection services.

Advocacy in Barnet

Advocacy in Barnet provides advocacy services under their "50+ Matters" umbrella to older residents in living in the London Borough of Barnet and surrounding areas.

The Barnet Care Directory

The Barnet Care Directory is a local guide to support services in the London Borough of Barnet, published by London Care Directories.

We hold the Advice Quality Standard, which provides you with assurance that the we have met certain criteria that demonstrate a commitment to quality

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Further information