Hackney Shine

Nicky Branch, energy advisor at SHINE, is talking to Hackney elders about the range of free energy-related services available to disadvantaged Hackney residents.

The voices belong to: Bob, Maralyn, Megan, Mimi, Nicky, Sallie and Sheila. Five other people were part of the discussion, but are not heard on this episode.

Recorded 15 June 2018. 33 minutes.

About Hackney Shine

From their own website …

Hackney SHINE energy advice has been set up to help residents keep well and warm throughout the year and avoid cold-related conditions during winter and anxiety over paying the fuel bills, which can lead to ill health, extra visits to the GP and hospital admissions.

How to contact Hackney SHINE

Health Services in Hackney consultation

The NHS commissioning group is holding a consultation meeting on 26th June 2018 at Amnesty International Human Rights Centre 17-25 New Inn Yard, Shoreditch EC2 3EJ (near Shoreditch town hall) from 16:30-20:00hours.

It is important that you attend and hear about any cuts or changes to older peoples services, as well as giving your opinion.

To attend you need to contact 0208 816 3222 or register online at www.cityandhackneyletstalk.eventbrite.co.uk

Meet Hackney Shine

Hello Hackney podcast, Friday 15 June, 2 to 4 pm

Our VIP guest will be Nicky Branch from Hackney Shine …

Hackney SHINE energy advice has been set up to help residents keep well and warm throughout the year and avoid cold-related conditions during winter and anxiety over paying the fuel bills, which can lead to ill health, extra visits to the GP and hospital admissions.

Here’s the link to the Hackney Shine web page: hackney.gov.uk/shine

Hackney Shine provides an extraordinary range of free services related to energy — including advice about bills, debts, switching providers, repairs, health and wellbeing.

Terry will answer all your questions, and will be just as interested in what you have to say. That’s what the podcast is for – older people talking about what they know.

Please bring your voice to Whitmore Community Centre on Friday afternoon.


Update

Published at https://blog.hellohackney.net/2018/hackney-shine

Are you a carer?

Do you help …

… a family member, partner, friend or a neighbour with any of the following because they can’t manage on their own?

Do you …

  • Take them to appointments or collect their prescriptions?
  • Cook for them or help them to shop?
  • Keep them company or phone them during the day to check that they are ok?
  • Help them to wash or dress?
  • Help them get up in the morning or go to bed at night?
  • Help them with their housework or laundry?
  • Remind them to take their medication?
  • Help them to fill in forms such as benefit applications?

If you do any of the above …

… you are probably a carer and could get support and services from Carers Are The Bedrock such as –

  • Carers needs assessments
  • Benefits advice advocacy
  • Support groups
  • Counselling & coaching
  • Training and workshops
  • Social activities
  • Befriending and volunteering

To find out more …

  • Call the Carers Coordination Service on 020 8533 0951
  • Open hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Citizens Advice can help you get a better energy deal

Getting extra support from your energy supplier

Citizens Advice (logo)If you find it hard to deal with your energy supply, you might be able to sign up to the Priority Services Register (PSR). This gets you extra support from your energy supplier.

You’ll need to contact your energy network and fill in a signup form. Your energy network is the company that manages the electricity meters in your area, not the company you get bills from.

You can register for priority services if your energy network considers you ‘vulnerable’. This can apply to lots of different situations – for example if you:

  • are disabled or seriously ill
  • are recovering from an injury
  • have mental health problems
  • don’t speak or read English well
  • have children under 5 or are pregnant
  • have reached your State Pension age

The Citizens Advice page has more information and a form to help you understand what extra support is available.

Visit Citizens Advice energy help form

Hackney Foodbank

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

Visit Hackney Foodbank

GoodGym

I needed help with my garden.  Sallie from the Hackney 50+Drop in put me in touch with GoodGym. Two girls came clear all the leaves and weeds, and dug up my potatoes for me. They also  planted some plants after the pruning. They made a good job and they did not ask for payment.

https://www.goodgym.org/reports/spuds-spuds-glorious-spuds

GoodGym is really a good service that I would recommend to anyone over sixty who needs help.

GoodGym | Coach runs

Over a million older people in the UK are always or often lonely, some go for months without seeing friends or family. Visiting an older person as part of your weekly run can make a huge difference to their life.

We call the older people we visit coaches because they help motivate us to run and they share their wisdom. It’s amazing what you can learn from your coach. Coach runs can be fit around your schedule and don’t need to take up more than 20 minutes of your time per week.

Visit GoodGym Coach runs

BBC | NHS Tracker: Check key targets in your area

Use our tracker to check whether your local services are meeting strict waiting-time targets for cancer, routine operations and A&E.

The NHS is under unprecedented pressure. Rising numbers of patients need hospital care – whether in an accident and emergency department, for cancer treatment or for planned operations and care, such as knee and hip replacements.

For each there are strict targets local services are expected to meet across the UK. But what are the chances of being seen in time where you live? Use the interactive tracker to find out.

Visit NHS Tracker