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Over 50? Living in Hackney? Want to have a bit of company for a chat, go out and have fun or try something new?

Connect Hackney is a project led by older people, for older people. It can be harder to keep up a social life as you get older – retirement, bereavement, loss of close friends, and family moving away can all make it harder to make sure you have someone to talk to and enjoy things with.

Our projects and activities are a chance for Hackney over 50s to meet people, socialise and have fun. We’re ageing better together!

Connect Hackney, which is managed by Hackney CVS, has won a five-year funding package of £5.8m from the Big Lottery Fund's Ageing Better programme, which aims to prevent and reduce social isolation among older people. 

Hundreds of Hackney's older residents voted on which projects to fund with the first tranche of Big Lottery Fund money.

Now our projects are up and running, offering older people a chance to meet new people, socialise, have a chat and try out everything from "mindfulness" meditation and massage to hen-keeping or digital media training.

Connect Hackney will campaign against ageism, ensuring older people's voices are heard and respected. We are also planning to launch a "kitemark" to reward local venues and services that actively make older people welcome. 

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