Stay Active @ 70+ Launch
WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) had a very successful project launch on Wednesday 11th November 2015 with an attendance of 35 women at the Stay Active @ 70+ event. The launch helped raise awareness of the importance of staying active and how volunteering can help people to do this. Volunteers were also invited to get involved in the Stay Active @ 70+ Steering Group to help support the development of the project.
The Steering Group meets on a quarterly basis and is aimed at:
- Monitoring the progression and development of the project;
- Identifying opportunities and potential further projects;
- Evaluating the project and its impact on the lives of older people.
Myra Garrett - our Older Volunteers Champion and Joint Chair of WHFS - shared the inspirational story of her voluntary work and how she keeps herself active at the age of 83! Myra said that volunteering has allowed her to continue her involvement in the community, giving her an opportunity to be linked with a range of projects at WHFS and with projects focusing on health issues.
The Stay Active @70+ project is funded by the City Bridge Trust and aims to increase awareness of the needs of older residents and enable them to engage with health and social agencies to plan and co-ordinate services. We invited Healthwatch (Tower Hamlets) to give a short presentation at our launch and get feedback from older people on healthcare services and the problems they face. Some of these issues included:
- Mental health problems not being recognised at an older age
- Lack of follow-ups from hospitals after being discharged
- Not knowing where to go for advice
- Lack of a centralised point or source of information on local services
Participants took part in a short quiz, a fun competition for the women that gave them an opportunity to identify services and learn of others that they can access. Overall, participants told us they left feeling positive and inspired. We hope that many of the women will volunteer and with support from WHFS will stay active for many years to come!
To find out more about this project or to get involved, please contact:
Tuyet My Diep – Project Worker
T: 020 7377 9654
M: 07496 704 885