Ageing well in Hackney

Vision

‘We are committed to being an age-friendly borough and for Hackney to be a great place to live and grow old in. Older residents in Hackney want to feel empowered, informed, valued and supported; through age-friendly communities and services and specialist care if the need arises’.

Engagement

This is our vision for Hackney and what older residents told us they would like to see in the strategy. Through engagement with citizens and co-production work with Connect Hackney to recruit and train five peer facilitators, we engaged around 400 residents and different organisations to create this strategy. The strategy was agreed by Council cabinet on 14 December 2020 and will run for five years.

Approach

The strategy sets out the approach the Council is taking to cater towards the diverse range of people aged 55+ through age friendly policies; building a community that values and includes them, benefits from their contributions and supports them in their later years.

The strategy aims to provide and build on opportunities for greater intergenerational activity, social participation, civic inclusion and localised support through partnership working, including:

  • utilising and promoting community assets
  • building digital skills
  • reviewing the Council’s public realm furniture
  • supporting and promoting volunteering
  • working with businesses to create more age friendly high streets
  • involving older people to co-produce solutions
  • creating intergenerational programmes through work with Young Hackney, Hackney Youth Parliament, Hackney Young Futures Commission, schools and children’s centres

Read the ageing well strategy:

Contact us on 0208 356 4979 or policyprojects@hackney.gov.uk if you’d like a hard copy.

Developing our evidence and hearing from older people

We ran focus groups and one to one interviews with residents, lunch clubs, carer support groups, advocacy groups, exercise classes and community groups in order to find out what the opportunities and challenges of getting older in Hackney were.

We also looked at local and national data on older people, that informed some of the themes when we were developing the strategy. This document holds some of the local and national evidence that we used.

Get involved

We are now beginning to implement the strategy and setting up our oversight governance that will have older residents at the heart of it, as well as continued opportunities for co-production.

If you have a query, please get in touch via 0208 356 4979 or policyprojects@hackney.gov.uk.

Page updated on: 15 March 2022

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