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Hello

We combat isolation & depression in older people in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea & other boroughs via seminars, open meetings, and lunch and tea events. We also provide information & health & wellbeing activities & empowerment of older peoples' views by surveys & open meetings. We provide hospital inspections, development of memory & dementia services & schemes to combat social isolation.

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What we do

We have reached over 12,000 older people in 2020-2021 through our chat lines, grocery shopping, distribution of newsletters and fact sheets via the post and emails. We have reached an additional 60,000 through our health and wellbeing website www.seniorhealthandwellbeing.co.uk.  The Forum has continued to explore different ways to support our members during the lockdown. Some of these methods have included:

  • Our magazine Forum Focus (left) is sent by post and online through emails and is available on our website. This goes to our members, 511 organisations in the Royal Borough and to the Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea councillors. We are developing the interactive HTML5 digital publication in a flipping format which will be available online with SEO so that we can be reaching many more older people through the internet.  GDPR guidelines have been observed.

  • We have invented a means of inter-communication for members – The Super Zoomers who will meet up on Fridays 2-4pm on Zoom to chat with each other, meet up with old friends and make new ones. There will be topics of discussion or debate and sometimes guest speakers will be present.

  • We have compiled the Incredibly Easy Ways to get Fit free booklet with easy NHS-recommended exercises which members can do at home. We have distributed this booklet through the mail and through emails to members and older peoples’ organisations. It is also available to order free through our website.

  • Our Mindfulness sessions on Zoom with our coach Liz Hooper have continued to be extremely popular with an average of 24 members signing up for each course. We have a limit on numbers that can attend each course. The Mindfulness courses have been held at the prestigious Design Museum on Kensington High Street and will be moved to Kensington Palace

  • Tai Chi sessions have continued to be held by our coach Christine Jones on ZOOM and an average of 19 of our members have attended each session

  • We still send out exercise videos and exercise live webinars to our members online and now about 2,300 have used these to help them keep fit.

  • We have co-ordinated with Care UK in having our members join their monthly Dementia Café Webinars. These sessions are a welcoming, relaxing environment for carers and their loved ones. Free copies of Care UK’s dementia advice guides can be posted or sent digitally.

  • We have continued to partner with major organisations and the private health sector in a series of online talks on health through ZOOM. These have included (amongst many) an event on hearing and hearing loss partnering with the Royal National Institute for the Deaf and another with the Stroke Association, world-renowned orthopaedic surgeons Professor Adrian Wilson and Mr Raghbir Khakha, Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics MBBS, MSc, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

  • Our health website has reached over 60,000 people in the past year: www.seniorhelathandwellbeing.co.uk 

  • Events/webinars/information emails on health and wellbeing/tours/entertainments have been sent by email to our members. These have included a number of live webinars on Zoom and Crowdcast. These have included webinars on history and culture both locally and nationwide

  • We have sent members regular RBKC Covid-19 updates.

  • We have continued to send out information to members on how to order health publications through Harvard Medical School Publications and other health and exercise books online as shops have not been open due to the pandemic. We have also recommended affordable at-home exercise equipment for older people and sent links to enable easy purchase of the items.

  • We have continued our support to members who are  self-isolating and require their shopping done and we do prescription collection and delivery. Our helpline has been a tremendous support for our members.  Many required information on Covid as well as health services.

  • We also have been telephoning the more isolated and lonely members regularly.

  • Self-care fact sheets and health information are being sent regularly to all our member via post who are not on emails.

  • We have signposted over 350 people to other organisations including Age UK, Cruise (bereavement)

  • We have stayed in touch with the voluntary sector and offered support when needed.

  • We have continued to run our online chat sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm. Members can chat with us or one of our volunteers on these days.

  • We held our first live event since the pandemic on 29th July at St Mary Abbots Centre in Kensington in which our Trustee Oonagh Wohanka talked about her excursion across France on bicycle  In the Footsteps of Coco Chanel to celebrate the achievement of this brilliant and iconic fashion designer

  • This has been followed by a number of group tours of Kensington Palace

  • The Self-care fact sheets, and health information are being sent regularly to all our members

  • We have kept members updated on the latest scams and other security issues.

  • We have also sent out numerous quizzes with prizes which have been engaging for members.

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Contact

If you wish to contact us for more information please email or telephone us

0203 719 4954