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02/11/2018 – Garfield Weston awards Elders Voice £40,000!

Elders Voice has been awarded £40,000 from one of the UK’s largest charitable funders. The funding will enable us to buy a brand new van for our Handyperson service. The Garfield Weston Foundation says small community charities are rising to the challenge of facing unprecedented demand for their services by being proactive and innovative.

The Weston Anniversary Fund was launched earlier this year to provide funding to charities to improve their existing facilities or provide new ones as part of the Foundation’s 60th year. The Trustees took the decision to more than double the fund after receiving over 2,300 applications, with over 60% from charities that have never applied to them before.

Jenny Davison, Chief Executive of Elders Voice says:

“Many thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation. This funding will enable us to run the Handyperson service – a very popular and essential service in the borough – in a more efficient way. We shall be able to reduce our waiting list and make the service more responsive to peoples’ needs.”

The Garfield Weston Foundation’s Director, Philippa Charles, says:

“What really impressed our Trustees is the amount of volunteering and community involvement that’s going on across the UK. We heard about so many amazing projects involving local people who are helping their communities thrive – regardless of cuts, Brexit debates and other challenges. 

The response from charities to this new fund clearly demonstrates the voluntary sector is proactive and energetic; far from the complacency it is sometimes accused of. 
 
Yet we can also see the level of need that exists in our local communities and how much the services charities provide are so desperately needed. The impact of these grants will be significant, with benefits for many people lasting years.” 

From community centres providing services for isolated older people to organisations tackling youth and gang crime, the funding from the Weston Anniversary Fund will help charities from across the UK provide more and better services in their communities. A recent survey by the Foundation found that two-thirds (66%) of small charities expect their income to stay the same or decline this year, yet over half (55%) expect to be delivering more services. Getting help with refurbishments or a new building has been highlighted by charities as important as it helps them earn new income.


30/10/2018 – Take the weight off your feet!

Local community group KOVE have secured funding for four new benches on Kilburn High Road and they want your advice on where to put them! 


25/10/2018 – GP access within 48 hours

Did you know that you can get a GP appointment if you need one within 48 hours or outside of your GP normal opening hours? If your GP practice does not have a quick enough appointment for you, they can book you in to see a GP or a nurse at a nearby GP access hub. You can find more information about GP access hubs, your nearest one and their opening times here.

We still hear from people that it takes weeks to get a GP appointment – so please share your experiences and thoughts with Ian Niven on 0208 912 5831 or email ian.niven@healthwatchbrent.co.uk.


16/10/2018 – New Dementia Garden in Kensal Green thanks to 3 volunteers and the Morrisons Foundation!
Picture from left to right: Chris Hodge (Director of Shackadelic), Lucie Sporle and Gary Williams.

Our charity has been awarded a donation from the Morrisons Foundation to start creating a dementia garden in Kensal Green. Work will start in autumn, so that older people using the charity’s services can enjoy spring and summer outdoors.

Karolina Januszek, Operations Director at Elders Voice applied to Morrisons Foundation for a small grant after a number of clients who attend Elders Voice Day Centre had expressed their desire to do some gardening. “A vast number of our clients have sundown syndrome, which is a neurological phenomenon associated with increased confusion and restlessness in people with dementia. My main motivator for this project were the people whom we work with. I wanted to give them the tools and the space to get busy and do something that resonated for them in the past – gardening” says Karolina.

It turned out that one gentlemen who attends our Day Centre on Thursday was a gardener. His sundown syndrome makes him confused and wanting to leave the Day Centre in the early hours of the afternoon. While taking a walk with that client, he told Karolina about plants and when to cut them and how to care for them in general. At that point it became apparent, that this client would hugely benefit from having a safe space to go out to and do some gardening work in. And that’s how the dementia garden project came alive.

Elders Voice has managed to involve two student volunteers – Gary who is a retired GP and currently studying for a diploma in gardening, and Lucie, also a gardening student. The third volunteer, Chris, owns a local gardening company Shackadelic. All three of them will be volunteering their time and working towards creating a beautiful and stimulating dementia friendly garden in Brent.

“We still have a long way to go, but the involvement of Lucie, Chris and Gary is priceless. I am really happy to see people willing to share their skills for such a great cause. I hope it will be a great motivator for many.”

This is just the first part of this project, as the charity is planning to apply for more funding to be able to develop the dementia garden further and reach more older people in Brent. Volunteers willing to join and be a part of this project are encouraged to contact Karolina on 0208 206 7509 or email karolinaj@eldersvoice.org.uk.

The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarkets in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help to improve people’s lives. Since launching, over £20 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales. Charities are encouraged to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.com to find out how to apply for funding.

Further information can be obtained from the charity’s office: 181 Mortimer Road, London, NW10 5TN, by calling: 0208 968 8170 or visiting www.eldersvoice.org.uk.


17/10/2018 – New flooring for Clubhouse & Rainbow Room!

We have been fortunate to secure funding from the Brent Community Infrastructure Levy, to spend on new flooring in the Elders Voice Clubhouse and Rainbow Room. Currently home to the Elders Voice Day Centre, Dementia Café and Exercise & Activity Programme, the Clubhouse is a much loved and much used space. Flooded with natural light through its south facing windows, and furnished with soft seating, a piano and kitchenette, it is agreed by all to be a warm and welcoming community hub. The Rainbow Room, named after its colourful curtains, is a break-out space adjoining the Clubhouse. Smaller in size, the Rainbow Room is where the Day Centre clients take their lunch and enjoy arts & crafts. It is also home to Bolder Voices’ choir practise and a dementia carers’ support group.

The new flooring will be installed by the New Year and we want your help rebranding the space! “Clubhouse” and “Rainbow Room” have served us well but we think once the flooring is laid these spaces deserve new names. Submit your ideas to info@eldersvoice.org.uk with “Name Ideas” in the subject line. Names will be selected and announced by January 2019, so you have plenty of time to get your creative juices flowing.


25/06/2018 – Research project seeks women over 70

If you are a woman aged 70 or over who has lived in the same home for 30 years, perhaps you would be interested in taking part in a research project?! See below for more information.


21/06/2018 – Elders Voice 25th Anniversary

This year is our 25th anniversary and to celebrate we hosted a street party. The party was attended by our clients, friends, families and neighbours who enjoyed entertainment by Rock Choir, Company of Elders, All Angels Steel Orchestra and a close-up magician. Love and laughter was shared by all and we even made the local paper!


01/12/2017  –  Dementia Café Service

Elders Voice has won a tender for running Dementia/Memory Cafés in Brent and this service starts with immediate effect. We shall be developing an existing café in Hay Lane in Kingsbury and developing a new café at Elders Voice beginning in January 2018. We are delighted that we have the opportunity to offer this service to people with dementia and their families and carers. There will be more information about the cafés soon, please stay tuned.


16/11/2017  –  Calling all grandparents!

Shiver Productions are developing an exciting new television programme for a major broadcaster and are looking for vibrant, fun and outgoing grandparents who want to spend more time with their adult grandchildren (who must be 18+).

With a lot of grandparents reportedly only seeing their grandkids on average twice a year, it’s not surprising the two generations often know little about each other’s lives. In this new TV programme grandparents will spend one-on-one time with their multiple grandchildren in an attempt to get to know them better and see if they can offer any help.

Along the way they will learn about the pressures their grandchildren face, the lifestyle choices they make, their hopes for the future and what, if anything, is standing in their way of achieving them. The programme will allow grandparents to share their knowledge, advice and practical help while learning more about the lives, hopes and aspirations of their grandchildren.

If you are interested in appearing in this new television programme, please call 0207 157 4588.


18/10/2017  –  Become a Blumer!  Let flexible work find you.

Blume is a new enterprise which finds paid flexible work for older people – and it is free to sign up. The work will range from DIY tasks to dog walking and mystery shopping and much more besides. There will also be telephone and computer jobs that you can do from home. In fact, if you have a skill that you think others will find useful then please tell Blume about it and we will do our best to promote it. You decide what you want to do and when you want to do it. You also decide how much you want to charge as long as it is above the national living wage – and if you don’t need the money the site allows you to donate what you earn to charities. To find out more visit https://blume.life/ and become a blumer!


14/07/2017  –  Floating Support Service

From 1st September 2017, Elders Voice will be delivering a Floating Support Service along with the Handyperson Service. Please watch this space for more details!


23/05/2017  –  We are slashing our prices!

The Elders Voice Day Centres run three days a week – on Mondays in Kingsbury and on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kensal Green. We shall be opening a fourth day on Wednesdays in Kensal Green from April 2017. The majority of our Day Centre referrals come through Brent Adult Social Care but we also have privately funded places available.

We offer our Day Centre members a variety of opportunities to socialise, take part in activities and have an enjoyable and relaxing day. Please watch our video here. Alongside this we also enable the carers of these people to have a break from their caring responsibilities. These breaks are exceptionally important and give carers the time to recharge their batteries. At the Day Centres the activities include movement to music and chair based exercises, arts and crafts, singing and quizzes.

A day in our private Day Centre costs £40. The cost of the lunch is £5, however people are welcome to bring their own food in. We can also provide a pick up for £5 and a drop off for another £5.

If you would like any further information please contact Dawn on 0208 206 7505.


06/10/2016  –  Healthwatch Brent

Healthwatch Brent gives patients and users of health and social care services a powerful voice. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 lays out our responsibilities and our powers. The people and organisations who make decisions about your services must listen to us and respond to us – so your voice counts. We also actively engage local people in shaping services, offer information and signposting, write reports on patient experiences, and more.

So, come and speak to us, join us, or sign up for our newsletter.

Contact details for Healthwatch Brent are: www.healthwatchbrent.co.uk / info@healthwatchbrent.co.uk.  Information and Signposting: 020 3598 6414 / Office: 020 8912 5831.

By clicking here you will be taken straight to Healthwatch Brent website where you can find all sort of information.

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05/08/2016  –  We have some good news, a new computer service will start soon!

A new computer service at Elders Voice will be coming up soon, so please stay tuned. Watch this space for more updates.

Good news travels fast


14/07/2016  –  Rock Choir is raising funds for Elders Voice

The spectacular Rock Choir has raised £196.58 during last Saturday’s concert in Marylebone Church! Thank you very much for selecting Elders Voice and for singing for our cause. Also, many thanks to everyone who donated. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Collected funds will go straight to older peoples’ services.

Rock Choir concert on £196.58


15/06/2016  –  Come and see Rock Choir LIVE

Our CEO and Rock Choir – the most contemporary choir ever – will be performing and at the same time raising funds for Elders Voice.  Come and see this fantastic concert on Saturday 9th July 2016 at 7.30pm in St Marylebone Church on 17 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LT. If you would like to volunteer during this event, we are happy to get you in for free. Just get in touch with Jenny today on 0208 206 7507 or via jennyd@eldersvoice.org.uk.


03/05/2016  –  Ecoyoga & Elders Voice

Scottish company ecoYoga has done something very special. Seona Elise Robinson, owner and director of ecoYoga has donated 9 beautiful mats to our organisation. These mats will be used by Elders Voice during weekly Yoga and Pilates classes. From now on, we will be able to welcome more senior students who want to practice but don’t own a mat. Please join us every week!

We are sending abundance of gratitude to ecoYoga – thank you Seona Elise, you are simply amazing.

Watch our video here


18/02/2016  –  Support Elders Voice by taking part in a sponsored walk
Choose a challenge distance to suit your fitness level or goal – 10km,  20km, NEW 30km, 40km or the BIG 60km! There really is something for everyone.

Walk the beautiful South Downs and West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing from Goodwood Racecourse near Chichester, all the routes are circular! Group discounts of ten people or more are available. For further information and to register for the event click here

Join us and raise money for Elders Voice!


02/02/2016  –  Community Event

On January 19th 2016 Elders Voice hosted a local community event, where 3 organisations gathered together to work with elderly and older people with Dementia. Our main guest was Clive Silverman of Music Sounds for Pleasure. Sainsbury’s Kilburn provided us with refreshments and One Community handed out warm gifts to the elderly as a part of their Winter Warmth Campaign.

Click here to watch our video


18/01/2016  –  Zumba Gold at Elders Voice

We are happy to announce Zumba Gold classes will now take place on Monday at 11am at our Centre in Kensal Green. This is going to be happening on a permanent basis now, so please join us for some fun and frolic!

All Zumba Gold classes will be free until 29/03/2016. 

Our wonderful instructor Meg’s Fitness Habits is a qualified Zumba teacher, therefore her experience and extensive knowledge allows Meg’s Fitness Habits to deliver quality classes to anyone! Come and see for yourself!

If you have any questions, give us a call on 0208 968 8170 or drop us an e-mail at info@eldersvoice.org.uk.


12/01/2016  –  Take part in something special

You can now raise money for Elders Voice by shopping with your favourite retailers. Start by clicking here. Over 2,700 retailers to choose from including Amazon. Over 500,000 supporters! Unlike other websites, easyfundraising doesn’t take your payment information. Plus it’s completely free.

Shop crazy and support Elders Voice!