To celebrate International Day for Older Persons today, Hackney Council is asking residents, businesses, charities and volunteers to share their views on ageing and older people in Hackney.
The draft Ageing Well Strategy sets out the Council’s vision for an age-friendly borough where older residents feel empowered, informed, valued and supported; through age-friendly communities and services and specialist care if the need arises. The strategy sets out the approach the Council is taking to promote and accomplish this over the next five years.
This strategy is about catering for the very wide range of people aged 55+ through age friendly policies, building a community that values and includes older people, benefits from their contributions and supports them in their later years.
Cllr Yvonne Maxwell, Mayoral Advisor for Older People said: “We are committed to making Hackney an age-friendly borough, we want it to be a great place for people to grow old in. Everyone should be able to live as active, healthy, and fulfilling lives as possible, no matter what their age.
“This is about celebrating what older people bring to our borough and to hear their voices on what is important to them. There has been extensive community engagement to get to where we are and I encourage older people to take a look and comment.”
The draft has been created through community engagement sessions, which engaged around 400 residents, collating ideas drawing on people’s lived experiences of growing older in Hackney. The consultation was co-produced with a group of peer facilitators, recruited by Connect Hackney who worked with council officers on engagement and finalising the draft strategy. This consultation is a chance for residents to look back on this and comment on how we can all work together to make sure people can age well in Hackney.
There will be ongoing engagement with local people and a wide range of other partners as the Council starts the work of delivering on the new commitments set out in this strategy.
View the strategy and add your comments here. As not everyone is online, if you have a family member, friend or neighbour who might be interested in responding to Hackney’s Ageing Well Strategy, they can contact 0208 356 4979 to receive a hard copy or request a call back service for feedback.
The consultation closes on Friday 30 Oct 2020.