Age UK Tameside is launching a new, convenient one-stop shop in the centre of Ashton where people can drop in and find out more about the support services the charity and its community partners provide. Its former retail shop at 26 Warrington Street has been transformed into the new Ageing Well Hub, which opens its doors on Monday the 11th of April.
From 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, anyone can pop in for an informal chat over a cup of tea or coffee about support available to help them or a loved one stay active and independent in later life. Hub staff can provide information about – and make initial referrals to – Age UK Tameside’s Community Support Services, Buddying Service, Day Support Centres in Ashton and Glossop, Dementia Support Project, and support available in the community.
The charity’s insurance team will also be based at the Ageing Well Hub and can provide information about things like home, travel and car insurance, mobility aids and other products and services to help people age well.
Every morning, from 10.00am to 12.00pm, there will be specialist advisors on hand to discuss wellbeing issues – with regular opportunities to have an assessment with a trained Wellbeing Assistant. And from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, there’ll be a daily Information and Advice drop-in, to help with queries about welfare benefits, housing issues, retirement finances, and consumer and legal advice.
“We are very excited to open the doors of our Ageing Well Hub next week,” explains Age UK Tameside Chief Executive Bernadette Ashcroft. “We have a long track record of providing support to older people in Tameside and we are keen to ensure that everyone in Tameside is able to stay active and well for longer. The Hub will be a friendly, welcoming place where people can come and get advice for themselves or a loved one.”
Age UK Tameside’s experience of collaborating with partners across Tameside, including the likes of Active Tameside, Adult Services, Public Health and New Charter, also gives it the ability to refer to other services outside of the charity. “We’re lucky to have worked with a number of organisations and teams across Tameside who also provide support to older people so we are able to signpost outside of our own services as well.”
Further information about the Ageing Well Hub is available from Age UK Tameside on 0161 308 5000 or via email@example.com An official launch of the Ageing Well Hub will be on 16th May (see below for further details).
Notes for editors:
1. Photo opportunities11 April onwards, Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.30pm, at the Age UK Tameside Ageing Well Hub, Unit 3, 26 Warrington Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW.
2. Age UK Tameside is a local independent charity, with more than 30 years’ experience of supporting older people. It offers a range of services for the over-50s across the Borough of Tameside. It has been awarded the Organisational Quality Standards for local Age UKs in England (endorsed by the Charity Commission) – certifying that it is a well-governed and effective organisation. Its offices are based at 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 7AW. Website: http://www.ageuk.org.uk/tameside/
3. The official launch of the Ageing Well Hub will be on Monday, 16th of May 2016, 1.00pm to 3.00pm.
4. Around 82,638 people in Tameside are over the age of 45 (38% of the total population). Source: 2011 Census.
1. Terri Torevell, Marketing and Retail Development Manager, Age UK Tameside; Tel: 07934 272731; Email: TorevellT@ageuktameside.com
2. Lucy Turner, Administration and Marketing Support Assistant, Age UK Tameside; Tel: 0161 308 5000; Email: TurnerL@ageuktameside.com