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.
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).
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.
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.
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 London Care Directory is a guide to support services in London, published by London Care Directories.
The Twinings Enterprise helps people with mental health issues get back into work. The organisation offers three support programmes in Barnet. .
Inclusion Barnet uses the skills gained from their experience of disability, including mental health issues and long term conditions, to create better services and more inclusive communities .
The Home Care Directory
The Home Care Directory provides details of homecare providers in and around Barnet. .
We hold the Advice Quality Standard, which provides you with assurance that the we have met certain criteria that demonstrate a commitment to quality