Giving a Voice to Older People
City & Hackney Older People’s Reference Group has been raising a collective voice for older people to assert their dignity and resist ageism for sixteen years and is the largest older people’s group in the area.
Any local resident over 50 is welcome to join the OPRG. We hold regular large open meetings on important issues for older people with senior policy makers and managers, giving an opportunity for them to explain what they are doing on our behalf and for our members to quiz them on what does not work well in services from their own experience. Recent topics have included: ‘Caring for our Carers’, GP services and housing options for older people. Once a year we hold a larger event with lots of workshops, stalls and opportunities to share experiences.
We are often asked our views on the future of services and organise focus groups and field representatives for procurement panels, to make sure the perspectives of older people are included in any decision affecting us. The work of the Group is led by an Advisory Group composed of members who wish to be a bit more engaged and perhaps represent older people in some area of life.
Ten years ago the OPRG consulted its members and drew up a Dignity Code, which was endorsed by the Mayor and his cabinet, the Homerton Hospital, the East London Foundation Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group, whose Chair signed the Code in 2013. It acts as a prompt to good behaviour that should be expected anyway, but is not always forthcoming. An OPRG delegation now visits the hospital every year on Dignity Day and the Code appears in annexes to the Council’s contracts.
WELCOME TO THE CITY & HACNEY NEIGHBOURHOODS
The 'Welcome to City & Hackney Neighbourhoods!' online event on Wednesday 23 March from 11am to 130pm will launch Neighbourhood Community Forums in all 8 Neighbourhoods in City & Hackney. The VCSE Neighbourhoods team would love you to join us to share your thoughts on how we can create and support strong and collaborative Neighbourhood Community Forums.
During the event our guest speakers will explain the changes Neighbourhoods working will bring in health and care and what this means for voluntary and community sector organisations based or offering services in Neighbourhoods. Healthwatch Hackney and members of Neighbourhoods Resident Involvement Group will also be there to give a resident perspective on upcoming changes and work underway. We'll also hear from our very own Well Street Common Neighbourhood Wellbeing Partnership - the first Neighbourhood Community Forum!
This event is open to all VCSE organisations based in City & Hackney. Please do share with your networks. It's perfect for anyone that wants to find out more about Neighbourhoods, and how our programme fits in wider work underway in City and Hackney.
Click here for more information and to register to join the meeting.
City and Hackney Older People’s Reference Group December Newsletter
Please read the OPRG’s December newsletter (supported by Age UK East London) on ‘Winter Warmth’ here. You can also find an example letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson about our ‘Mask Wearing Campaign’ here
How to contact us
For more information about the City & Hackney OPRG please email Sophie Ibotson, Project Coordinator or call us on 020 89817124.