Thursday saw the first of the Silverlinks activities in Hackney, London. Silverlinks in Hackney and the City of London is being delivered by MRS Independent Living.
MRS held an event in a local community centre, part of a housing area called Banister House in Homerton. The event, “Options for Housing and Care in Later Life” was to provide older people in the area with information & advice, and to provide details of who to contact if they had any issues with their housing and care.
Terry Bednall, who organised and facilitated the event, arranged a number of service providers to do short talks. These covered Housing Options – types of housing, adaptations and repairs for homeowners and tenants; care – covering care at home, blue badges, and getting out and about – details on services such as a local Mind group, befriending services and a novel bicycle taxi that can help older people get around in the area.
The event was very well attended with 70 people coming along to find out more – it was standing room only as people continued to arrive throughout the morning. There were many interesting questions brought up by those there – including accessing services for repairs when someone is a homeowner of a flat within a leasehold block; access top blue badges; and also some comments about adaptations and repairs that people had already had.
A very successful event and we are looking forward to the next one!