On Thursday 12 September, my team and I will be hosting a free Older People’s Fair to bring together a huge range of support groups from across Havering.
Held at Queen’s Theatre on Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from 1pm to 3pm, the Fair will provide an excellent opportunity for older people within the community, those caring for an elderly friend or relative and those preparing to retire to meet and engage with key public services and organisations that may be helpful to them.
There will be a variety of exhibitors at the event covering a broad range of needs. For those concerned about health and wellbeing, representatives from Havering’s local NHS will be there to talk about the services available to borough residents and how they can be accessed. They will be accompanied by a variety of care organisations including Radfield Care Home, Tapestry and Age UK, as well as Havering Council’s Adult Social Services team, who can assist with home help and support.
With many Havering residents looking to keep active and involved later in life, representatives from the local Women’s Institute, Upminster Golf Club, the Over-50s Forum, Havering Arts Council and the Library Service will be there to talk about opportunities to meet new people and discover new interests. The Havering Volunteer Centre will also be on site to discuss how people can donate some of their spare time in retirement to local good causes.
For those who may be preparing for retirement and wish to discuss wealth management as well as planning for their estate, local solicitors firm, Pinney Talfourd, will be in attendance to advise on services they provide. Representatives from Barclays Bank will also be attending to give tips on how to protect older people against scammers and fraud. Residents who require the assistance and support of an advocacy group may speak to the Peabody Trust, who can assist constituents with budgeting and housing advice, while officers from the local Job Centre will be on hand to help those keen to take up work or access benefits later in life.
Transport for London will be attending to advise of the range of ways they can support accessible travel for those with reduced mobility and the Police and Fire Brigade will be available to talk about their work in keeping the community safe.
Finally, event hosts, The Queen’s Theatre, will be discussing their work in the community and sharing their exciting programme of forthcoming plays, musicals and cultural events.
Havering has the highest portion of over-65s of any London borough and we have a huge array of organisations that do tremendous work to ensure that our older years can be just as fulfilling as our younger years. However, many people are not aware of the breadth of services available locally, so I wanted to bring everyone together in one place to make it easier for residents to access support. The fair is aimed at older people but is free and open to everyone, particularly those who might be supporting a friend or relative. We are incredibly grateful to the Queen’s Theatre for allowing us to bring so many of these fantastic organisations together under one roof and for supporting us throughout this project.
My team and I will have a stall of our own at this event and very much look forward to meeting all exhibitors and attendees to discuss local services and any concerns.
Our Older People's Fair runs from 1-3pm on Thursday 12 September at the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT.
Admission is free, everyone is welcome
Stands to include:
■ Health Advice and Support
■ Social Activities and Clubs
■ Home Care Support
■ Legal, Financial and Anti-Fraud Advice
■ Transport and Travel Advice
■ Refreshment Stall
■ Local support groups
■ Police and fire representatives
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch
FOR MORE INFORMATION
T: 01708 226126