Connect Hackney

Ageing Well in Hackney – Finding solutions to Older People’s isolation

Connect Hackney’s learning event ‘Ageing Well in Hackney: Finding solutions to Older People’s isolation’, was held on 26 November, on the online conferencing platform Zoom.

In this event we ran two workshops:

The Digital Divide: Covering themes specifically around loneliness and isolation amongst older people, exploring the additional impact of COVID-19, in relation to digital exclusion, and challenges to engagement and retention.

Connect Hackney, Systems Change and Partnership Working: where we examined the impact the Connect Hackney programme has had over the past six years across policy, funding, service delivery and on ultimate outcomes for older people and what more can and needs to be done to prevent and/or reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people living in Hackney.

We were pleased to have the following speakers, Kate Jopling (Policy and Strategy consultant), Cllr Chris Kennedy and Cllr Yvonne Maxwell (London Borough of Hackney).

Some feedback from the event included:

Comments included:
“Great sessions! I’m feeling positive there will be greater impact and improvements around ~ Lots of organizations invested in projects, research and reviewing approach to adapt accordingly”
“Really good discussions and hearing from some great projects”

At the event we promoted the four brand new reports, by our UEL research team which includes short executive summaries;
i) Community Connectors which explores the effectiveness of the Community Connectors project and explains what features specifically have encouraged participants to stay with the project, and how it’s impacted them.

ii) Digital Inclusion which examines the use of technology has helped to reduce social isolation and loneliness and looks at the key mechanisms for that.

iii) Reach Engagement and Retention which looks at different methods projects have used to reach and engage participants and speaks to the challenges and barriers and how projects have overcome these.

iv) Annual Report – this covers the first year of our evaluation with UEL team and examines what has been learned during that period.

Connect Hackney’s key messages, documents and videos can be found here.

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