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Online volunteers supporting others

Ellie is 82 and a peer support volunteer for MRS Independent Living, volunteering for the Silverlinks project in Hackney. She has been supported to learn how to use the internet on a tablet, and is now taking the tablet and … Continue reading

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Can too much “stuff” in the home affect our decisions about our living situation?

One of the areas that our Silverlinks workers and volunteers often come across is that older people feel they have too much “stuff” to enable them to make decisions about their housing.  To much stuff in the home can cause … Continue reading

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Silverlinks Cornwall update: “A Day in the Life” event

It has been a busy few months for the Silverlinks Cornwall project with a variety of tasks undertaken in the run up to our recent event. It has taken Ann and I some months to organise our Disability Awareness ‘A … Continue reading

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Opportunity to Comment: Parliamentary Inquiry on Housing for Older People

The Communities and Local Government Committee is holding an inquiry on housing for older people. The Committee has set up a forum to hear directly from older people about their experiences of moving home in later life.  We would like … Continue reading

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Why I volunteer: our new Silverlinks volunteer Mark shares what motivates him

My name is Mark Hillary and I tried to retire last year when I turned 60. My wife said I had to keep busy so I did a Workers Education Association (WEA) course on Cathedral Architecture at the Mechanics Institute … Continue reading

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New Silverlinks Guides: Planning Ahead for housing needs with a long term condition

Silverlinks has produced a set of new guides, aimed at older people with long term health conditions and their carers. There are six guides covering respiratory, macular and heart disease, dementia, stroke and arthritis; and one general guide for people … Continue reading

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Integration in Action: new report from Silverlinks Nottinghamshire

A new report published by Care & Repair England highlights the impact of housing and health, with focus on how the Silverlinks programme in Nottinghamshire (delivered by Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire) is helping older people being discharged from hospital. The … Continue reading

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Silverlinks “Options for Housing & Care in Later Life” event in Hackney

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 … Continue reading

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Sheltered Housing: older people’s perceptions of choice and independence are key

Silverlinks in Rochdale is delivered by HMR Circle, a well-established organisation for older people.   Circle were approached by RBH (Rochdale Borough Housing) to see if any Silverlinks volunteers could help them with some research into older people’s views of … Continue reading

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Silverlinks Nottingham: Homelessness can affect anyone

Here is a blog from our Silverlinks project in Nottingham. Little did Mary Clark, Nottingham Silverlinks co-ordinator at Age UK Notts., know what a journey she would be embarking on with client Cyril when she first met him at her … Continue reading

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