Andrew Gurr visits Age UK Enfield
Enfield’s elderly community has remained healthy, active and engaged over the last 30 years through the integral support of Age UK Enfield.
The charity, part of the national Age UK network, supports older people through various means, such as through day or home care, advice and support, information and fitness sessions, and much more.
Interim chief executive Gary Jones says Age UK Enfield will always be a crucial support service for elderly people in the borough. He said: “We aim to enable older people in the borough to lead active lives where possible, to maximise their income, and where needed we can provide day or home care.
“Our services are only possible with a dedicated small team of paid staff and about 80 volunteers, with our funding coming from Enfield Council, the NHS, charitable trusts, National Lottery, charges for some of our services, donations and the occasional legacy.”
Gary says the future aim of Age UK Enfield is to increase awareness around its services.
“People may know us for one thing like advice, but not realise we also run day care, home care, nail cutting, fitness classes, and support people with dementia or at risk of falls.
“We want to raise more money, recruit more volunteers and reach out to more older people across Enfield.”
Age UK Enfield is a key partner of Enfield Connections, a local information and advice service commissioned by Enfield Council. Through Enfield Connections, residents can access later life planning sessions, which deals with issues such as creating a will and coping with bereavement.
“We are all about partnership working – with older people, local community groups, the council and local businesses. We are proud to be linked to Enfield Connections.”