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There are lots of ways for Hackney over 50s to get involved in Connect Hackney.

We are always looking for older volunteers to help us with the central organisation of Connect Hackney, with our community research team and with our campaigning activities. Please contact rachel@connecthackney.org.uk if you would like to volunteer your time – a lot, or a little, it's up to you.

Join in our clubs and activities

You can also get involved in our clubs and activities – see the list below or
>> download our guide as a pdf file

Better Together

Run by Hackney People First. Social activities for people with learning disabilities

Contact John Siddique

Email peoplefirsthackney@btconnect.com

Phone 020 7812 9339

Venue 65 Dalston Lane, London E8 2NG

Access for disabled people yes

Bikur Cholim

Befriending project for people in the Orthodox Jewish community, offering arts and crafts, outings and more

Contact Mrs Tobi Berger

Venue 2a Northfield Road, London N16 5RN

Phone 020 8800 7575

Access for disabled people yes

City and Hackney Older People’s Reference Group

Older people speaking out about local services, particularly the NHS and social care. OPRG is the lead older people’s organisation for Connect Hackney. Would you like to represent the views of local older people and campaign on issues that matter to us? Why not join or get involved? Get in touch with us for more information.

Phone 020 7241 5906

Contact  David Holland

Email david.holland@ageukeastlondon.org.uk 

Address Age UK East London, 22 Dalston Lane, E8 3AZ

Compassionate Neighbours

Run by St Joseph’s Hospice. Social support at home for people at the end of life, plus opportunities for older people to volunteer and be trained as Compassionate Neighbours, supporting others.

Contact Sally Muylders 

Phone 020 8525 6058

Email s.muylders@stjh.org.uk

Venue St Joseph’s Hospice, Mare Street, London E8 4SA

Access for disabled people yes

You are welcome to drop in to find out more at our Thursday coffee mornings, 10am to 12 noon, or get in touch by phone or email.

Connecting Carers

Run by the City and Hackney Carers Centre

Offering social activities and training for carers. If you provide unpaid care for your partner, relative or friend, you are “a carer”, and this project is for you. People who look after others as their job are called “care workers”.

Contact Sallie Fellowes, Sandra Simmons

Phone 020 8533 0951

Venue City and Hackney Carers Centre, Prideaux House, 10 Church Crescent, E9 7DL.

Access for disabled people yes

deafPLUS

Peer support drop-in service and social activities for people over 50 with hearing loss

Contact Geraldine O’Halloran

Phone 020 7790 9227

Address Trinity Centre, Key Close, London E1 4HG

Email geraldine.o'halloran@deafplus.org

We will have a bi-monthly drop in session. For more details please contact Geraldine.

Eastern Stars

Run by Talking Matters and MRS Independent Living. Health and wellbeing group activities for people in the Mizrahi and Sephardi communities

Contact Jose Martin

Phone 020 8802 9222

Venue Stamford Hill Library, Portland Avenue, London N16 6SB and other venues in the area.

Access for disabled people varies - please phone for information.

Ezra Umarpeh

Providing transport and support for infirm and disabled people in the Orthodox Jewish community.

Contact Mrs Reisi Neuman

Phone 020 8211 7999

Email admin@ezra-umarpeh.com

Address 16 Manor Road, London N16 5SA

Hackney Art Group for LGBT People 

Run by Opening Doors London. Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people aged 50+ are welcome to join our art group. Materials provided. All levels of experience and ability welcome.

Contact Kate

Phone 0207 239 0400

Venue Chigwell Court, Ballance Road, London E9 5SQ. 

Access for disabled people yes

Hackney Community Transport

Linking people up with “travel buddies” - friends who can help you get out and about on the transport system. 

Contact Sabana Siddique

Phone 020 7275 2455

Postal address Ash Grove Depot, Mare Street, London E8 4RH

Hackney Elderly Association

Social activities including exercise classes, entertainment, day trips

Contact Hazel McKenzie

Phone 020 7923 3536

Venue locations across the borough - please get in touch to find out about venues near you

Access for disabled people some venues

Hackney Healthy Mindfulness

Run by Hoxton Health and MRS Independent Living. Offering “mindfulness” meditation techniques, to help deal with pain.

Contact Janet Cobill

Phone 020 7739 2533

Venue 2nd Floor, St Leonard’s, Nutall Street, London N1 5LZ and other locations

Access for disabled people yes at St Leonard’s, including free parking

Hands Inc

Health and wellbeing group, offering excercise, dance, massage sessions and a healthy buddy scheme.

We are sorry but this project is oversubscribed and can’t take new members.

Hear to Meet

Run by Action on Hearing Loss. Support groups and activities for people with hearing loss

Contact Community support officer

Phone 07553 348050

Email HeartoMeet.Hackney@hearingloss.org.uk

HenPower

Run by the Huddleston Centre. Older and younger people looking after hens together and taking part in creative activities each week.

Contact Sian Bennett

Phone 020 8985 9089

Venue 30 Powell Road London, E5 8DJ

Access for disabled people yes

You are welcome to come along to our drop-in sessions on Tuesdays 4pm to 6pm, or get in touch by phone.

Mindful Connections 

Run by City and Hackney Mind. Peer support to help people join in with social activities.

Contact Georgia Herbert

Phone  020 8525 2301 / 07392 198 897

Email mindfulconnections@cityandhackneymind.org.uk

Venues various locations across Hackney

Access for disabled people most venues accessible

Peabody

Social activities and a chance to make friends on the Pembury estate. 

Contact Joseph Crilly

Phone 020 7021 4444 or 0800 022 4040  and ask for the Pembury Community Centre or Joseph Crilly)

Venue Pembury Community Centre, 1 Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, London E8 1HL

Access for disabled people yes

Senior Media Group

Training for older people in digital journalism skills including using computers, photography, writing, interviewing techniques and audio production. Beginners welcome.

Contact Matt Bray 

Phone 020 7923 1962

Email matt@hcvs.org.uk 

Venue Kingsland Hub, 242 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG

Access for disabled people yes

Silver Linings

Run by Groundwork London. Community volunteering project designed by older people. Activities include indoor gardening, gentle exercise, art and crafts. A cup of tea and a chat always on offer.

Contact Clare

Phone 020 8510 5403 or 07913 604364

Venue Four locations around Hackney: Trowbridge Pensioners Hall E9, Groundwork office E5, Fellowes Court E2 and Lincoln Court N16

Access for disabled people yes, at all venues

Tikva Hope

Social activities for parents and carers of people with learning difficulties in the Orthodox Jewish community.

We are sorry but this project is oversubscribed and can’t take new members.

Wise Age

Specialist support to help over 50s who would like to find work or become self-employed.

Contact Chris Walsh

Phone 01992 214 526

Email wiseageltd@gmail.com

Address 3 Birkbeck Street, London E2 6JY

 
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