Stay Active @ 70+ Launch
WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services) had a very successful launch of the Stay Active @70+ project with an attendance of 35 people over 70 at the Brady Centre. The launch helped raise awareness of the importance of staying active and how volunteering can help people to do this. Attendees also heard how they can get involved in the Stay Active @ 70+ Steering Group to help support the development of the project.
The group will meet on a quarterly basis and the aims include the following:
- To discuss the progression and development of the project
- To identify opportunities for the project and further projects
- Evaluation of the project and impact on the lives of older people.
On Wednesday 11th November 2015 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 focussing 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 recognised at an older age
- No follow-ups from the hospital after being discharged
- Not knowing where to go for advice
- A lack of a centralised point/source for information on local services
Participants took part in a short quiz. It was a fun competition for the women and gave them an opportunity to identify services and learn of others that they can access. Overall, participants 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!