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Age Concern City of London Impact Report 2015-2016

Age Concern City of London is proud to present our Impact Report for 2015 and 2016. Here you’ll find a summary of all of our work throughout the past year, with particular attention paid to fields of Health, Digital Inclusion, and Befriending. There is also information on our methods for reducing isolation and promoting volunteer work.

You can read the report in full by clicking here.

Trip to Greenwich with BNY Mellon

Age Concern City of London were delighted to travel to Greenwich with twelve corporate volunteers from BNY Mellon. The trip took place on Tuesday August 23rd and saw seventeen older residents from around the Square Mile enjoy a picnic together in the warm weather.

The outing was part of ACCoL’s programme of trips and social events, aimed at enabling often-isolated older people to get out and make the most of their city. Our group enjoyed a guided walk around historic Greenwich and a visit to the Painted Chapel, courtesy of our volunteer walk leader, Colin. This was followed by lunch outside in the park, which was enjoyed by all.

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The view from the top of the hill!

After lunch, some guests stayed to relax in the sunshine and explore the Maritime Museum, while most of the group headed up the very steep hill to the Observatory, where we were rewarded with cake and ice-cream in the Pavilion Café. Even our oldest attendee at 92 made it up to the top without pausing for a breather! Our busy day was rounded off with a ride home on a Thames Clipper River Bus. A great time was had by all and we thoroughly look forward to our next event.

Older City Residents Visit the Royal Academy

On 25th November the Royal Academy opened its doors to a group of older people from the City. We were treated to a free guided tour of the widely acclaimed Ai Weiwei exhibition, followed by an art discussion group with tea and (very posh) biscuits.

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy.Credit: David Parry

Ai Weiwei is one of China’s leading artists, named by the editors of ArtReview magazine as the most powerful artist in the world. His provocative statements about culture, heritage, nationality, censorship and art, which have caused controversy in his native China, were vividly brought to life in large-scale 3D works built specially for the Royal Academy. Having a guide to talk us through the history and cultural context of the exhibition greatly enhanced our experience.

We then went upstairs to the Saloon for refreshments and to continue the discussion which we had begun on the gallery floor, about the meaning of Ai Weiwei’s work.

Ai Weiwei at the Royal Academy. Credit: David Parry

The trip was a huge success and we hope very much to repeat it in 2016.

If you would like to be informed about future events like these, please add your name to our mailing list by contacting Alice Westlake on AWestlake@AgeUKLondon.org.uk or call 020 7091 2593.

Tablets and Miracle Cures

Age Concern City of London have launched their first major project: an IT drop-in for people aged 50 and over, using tablet computers to open up the web  to some of the most digitally excluded people – as well as allowing existing users to get a few tips along the way.

The sessions, held at Artizan Library on a Monday and at COLCEC on Tuesdays, are supported by an experienced tutor and a team of young volunteers who can help with almost any query, providing one to one mentoring on a range of topics – from email, Skype and facebook, to staying safe on line and accessing support for carers.

Need some help with your new Smart Phone or Kindle?

Don’t know your Instagram from your twitter?

Making the transition from desk-top computing to tablets and social media can be confusing at first; but tablet technology is ideally suited to older people, and our free sessions will show you how.

Find out more by visiting the cITy Smart project page.

Age Concern City of London has also been out and about around the City environs with our new Walking for Health group.

Run in partnership with Young at Heart and fusion leisure, the group meets several times a month for a brisk 1-2 hour walk around places of interest – from City Gardens to historic alleyways, pubs and Wren churches.

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Walking has been widely hailed as a ‘wonder drug’ or ‘miracle cure’. Walking regularly helps prevent or manage a whole range of long term conditions such as cancer, depression, stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and COPD. The Chief Medical Officer for England calls it ‘the nearest activity to perfect exercise’ and the good news is, it can be done by almost anyone and it’s absolutely free! Plus with Walking for Health, it’s fun and friendly too.

Whatever your level of fitness, you can come along to one of our walks and start your journey towards better health.

Find out more by visiting the Walking for Health page.