Community Navigator Service for Older People in Haringey


Haringey Council are inviting local service providers to an event to hear about procurement of a new Community Navigator Service for Older People in Haringey. The Council currently commissions housing related support services for older people with low support needs in an accommodation-based setting. The service is being remodelled to provide proactive, universal and targeted housing-related support that enables older Haringey residents to live long, active, healthy and independent lives. The event will clarify the new service envisaged and will give potential providers the opportunity to indicate their interest in consortia and partnering arrangements for this opportunity.


We will keep members posted as soon as we hear anything further on the commissioning of this service.




Care in Crisis


Age UK are currently running a campaign called #CareinCrisis in an attempt to put pressure on the Government to publish a consultation into how social care can be improved. Age UK wants to hear from older people about their experiences of dealing with the social care system as they feel it is a really powerful way of putting across to Government the extent of the crisis that is currently affecting millions of older people who rely on social care.


Age UK is looking for people who have had poor experiences when dealing with the social care system, and who are willing to be interviewed and filmed talking about their experience. To ensure that their campaign reflects the experience of people from a diverse range of backgrounds, Age UK is keen to hear from both men and women from different ethnic backgrounds.


So, if you have had difficult experiences dealing with social care and you are willing to talk about it, Age UK would love to hear from you! Please contact Joyce in the first instance on 0203 196 1901 for further details




HOLOBALANCE


Would you like to contribute to an international project that is trying to develop and validate a new programme that will help older people at risk of falling?


You must be aged 65 – 85 years and available to take part in a focus group and discussion on the afternoon of Monday 25 June.


Background information: Age UK London is a partner in HOLOBALANCE – an EU funded transnational programme taking place over a three-year period finishing November 2020. The overall objective is that HOLOBALANCE (by 2020 when the project is completed) will have developed and validated a new personalized virtual coach platform that will motivate, empower and coach older people who may be at risk of falling. The coaching will involve physiotherapy exercises that will be performed with the help of a virtual coach as well as brain training online games and easy to use wearable sensors. HOLOBALANCE will engage experts including physiotherapists, neurologists, psychologists, gerontologists, towards developing a multi-stakeholder user centred system.


Age UK London believes that we can help to change and improve technology by ensuring older people are involved in the early stages of user testing and that Holobalance will be a more inclusive product that works better for everyone, especially the people who need it the most. At this focus group you will be asked to:



  • Take a look at a variety of technical gadgets and wearable sensors

  • Give honest & constructive feedback

  • Answer a brief questionnaire as well as a consent form

  • Please note: numbers are very limited. HO50s have been allocated 5 places on a ‘first come first served basis’. Please ring Joyce in the first instance on 0203 196 1901 to express your interest in attending.



Out and about and having fun


‘ONE HORNSEY’ Community Day, 12 June


A day full of free activities aimed at reducing older people’s isolation and loneliness is taking place on Tuesday 12 June from 11am until 3pm at Hornsey Vale Community Centre, Mayfield Road, N8.  All kinds of activities are taking place including laughter yoga sessions, gardening, crafting, self-defence, circus skills, and lunch – all completely free.  There will also be lots of information stands from organisations providing health checks and social activities and free advice on legal matters, housing and volunteering.