Good Neighbours: Tower Hamlets community charity giving voice to older people

Angela Hancock and members of the Tower Hamlets Older Peoples Reference Group

Angela Hancock and members of the Tower Hamlets Older Peoples Reference Group - Credit: Archant

The pressures of 21st-century life could seem daunting to the area’s elderly residents, but one charity is helping the older generation speak out for themselves.

Age UK Tower Hamlets, based in Bethnal Green, run a monthly Older People’s Reference Group which aims to engage the borough’s older generation with the issues affecting them.

Chairwoman Angela Hancock, 68, of White Horse Street, Stepney, became involved after her husband passed away in 2010.

“It was a very difficult time for a number of reasons and I don’t want anyone to go through those same experiences,” she said

“We look at a whole host of different issues affecting older people to work on ways people can be treated with respect and dignity.”

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Meeting at different places around the borough, meetings are open to anyone over the age of 50, interested in the issues surrounding older people

A churchwarden of St Dunstan and All Saints Church, Stepney, Angela also works with Diabetes UK and is club captain for Blackheath ladies hockey club.

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But despite the time restraints, she is keeping a promise to her late husband, who was heavily involved with Age UK himself, by continuing his good work.

“He was such a kind and lovely person who did so much for others in the community, so we agreed that I would do my best to make sure that good work continues.”

The winter months often prove the hardest for the aged and as part of the Advertiser’s winter appeal, Good Neighbours, we are asking you to check on your elderly and isolated neighbours.

And fellow group member Howard Turner is also encouraging local residents to join in with the scheme.

“It’s very important because isolation is something that can affect a lot people and can have an adverse effect on health.

“There can be a real sense of loneliness and isolation among some of the borough’s residents so a friendly face can really have a hugely positive impact.”

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