How You Can Help
- Simply book your next holiday with Charitable Travel and tell us you want to support Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow, and Brent. The charity will then benefit from the free donation you can make as part of the booking process. To read more about how this works, head to our ‘How We Do Good‘ page.
- If you want to make a donation to Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow, and Brent and you are not booking a holiday, click here to visit their website.
- Visit ageuk.org.uk to sign up to newsletters, and follow the Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow, and Brent social media pages, and help spread the word.
Our services are all about helping the elderly maintain an independent, safe, active life and endeavour in helping with the effects of isolation, loneliness and their wellbeing.
- We have an Information and an advice service that can help with benefits, housing and care options
- A help at home team that can help with shopping & paying bills, going to appointments, cleaning & collecting prescriptions
- A hospital & community team that offer support to older people at the A&E Department at Hillingdon Hospital and help in settling people back home after a hospital visit
- A Fall Prevention team that visits people at home to ensure homes are as risk-free as is reasonably possible
- A Social Wellbeing team who run clubs and activities.
“I have been coming to Interactive club for years. I lost my husband when I was very young and I brought up my children on my own. I used to be very healthy and do my house work, but now I have poor health and can’t do much and I used to get depressed and get more stiff, I was thinking about the past and getting more depressed and my friends told be about age UK interactive clubs. I started going to the club and my health has improved by joining in to do exercise , I have gained knowledge by discussions like about healthy eating. It gives me a reason to get ready to come out’’ – Mrs Patel, a beneficiary of Age UK, Hillingdon, Harrow, and Brent
We support those who are predominantly 65 + who live in the London borough of Hillingdon and are in or have recently been discharged from hospital, and have done so for more than 20 years. Our A&E evening service (5-10pm 7 days a week) has been up and running for in excess of 15 years with the aim to support those who come in to A&E and their family members/carers who may have accompanied them, but more so to support those who have attended alone or via the ambulance service.
The team liaise with medical staff, ambulance service and friends & relatives of the patients they care for, making a call to a next of kin who may not know that their loved one has been brought in to the hospital. Making the patient a warm drink and getting them something to eat (if they are allowed), spending time chatting & reassuring them, chaperoning & escorting to wards with the porters or home in a cab is all part of the brilliant and useful work they do.
Below are some case studies written by staff and volunteers of Age UK, Hillingdon, Harrow, & Brent.
Check-in and Chat’ by Gaynor Baveystock…
A lady was recently referred to the new Check-in and Chat service that has been developed to support people who are experiencing feelings of loneliness and social isolation due to lockdown. Initially she was very confused when we asked if she wanted a volunteer to call. When she gets anxious, she worries about other things and finds it hard to concentrate. On our first phone conversation she jumped from one subject to another and was obviously anxious. She agreed for us to have a volunteer contact her as a trial. Although our volunteer reported the lady was very confused on her first call, she said she would persevere. She proceeded to phone daily for 5 to 10 minutes. After the first call she remembered her and relaxed enough to chat about her garden and things she enjoyed doing. The lady was concerned about her carers sometimes forgetting to leave her a drink, our volunteer suggested she talk to the regular carer. She did this and was happier afterwards and said she had drinks etc. They now enjoy a daily chat with each other and she is much more relaxed and settled!
On the 14th of April I made a check in call for a lady who attends one of our social groups.
She did not sound too well on the phone. She has her daughter helping out with her shopping and delivers it once a week to delivers at her doorstep. She was very emotional and pointed out that she feels an absolute sense of loneliness and it is getting depressing for her to be at stuck at home. She misses human contact and pointed out that she felt isolated and shut away from people. Everything that enjoys and had planned, holidays and meeting up with friends is called off. I reassured her she will be able to go on holiday again and meet up with friends after the lock-down. She’s afraid that life will not go back to normal again. She made it clear that she not bored at home, she uses a computer and reads, but she doesn’t see the sense of living like this. The whole COVID-19 experience she feels is quite inhuman.
I tried to support her as best as I could over the phone. It was evident that she needed regular phone contact to have a chat. I reported Mrs. Richardson’s feelings back to my line manager and we arranged that we as Social wellbeing team would give her a call weekly, taking it in turns. We introduced and to explored the concept of PACE (Physical, Activity/Action, Connectivity, Entertainment). We try to motivate her and explore what she enjoys. She has expressed her appreciation and that we were the only team/organisation that had maintained their support and this has really helped her cope. We will maintain our weekly check in befriending calls to her.
I made a telephone call to Mrs. A to check that she was managing well during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
I found she was very happy with her grandson and his wife. She told me that she was happy that Age UK cares about her and was pleased that someone who speaks Punjabi was calling her to check she was ok. She understands that Age UK cares for her and likes the activities we engage her in. She also told me that she is enjoying sitting in the garden and enjoying the warm weather.
She told me that she is looking forward to coming back to the interactive club where she will see us and her friends.
At the end of the call she told me she appreciated the call and was happy to know we cared and that it made a very positive difference to her.
Mr R from Hayes, Middlesex
I made a Telephone Care Call to Mr R to check that he was alright and managing well during the Covid 19 Pandemic. I found him to be in good spirits and he was happy to speak with me. He said he was fine and he was being well cared for by the staff at his residence, and his family. We had a good chat including the activities he likes doing. Mr R said he enjoyed going out into the garden as the weather had been warm and sunny.
Towards the end of the chat, Mr R shared that Age UK have been the only charity to have called to check on him during the Covid 19 Pandemic. He shared that other Health and Social Care organisations (one of whom he has personal involvement with) said they would contact him however, they didn’t. Mr R told me the exact number of calls I had previously made to him which I found significant.
At the end of the telephone call, Mr R said he greatly appreciated the calls I was making to him and welcomed more in the future. I felt I made a positive difference and that Mr R felt remembered and valued.
We had a phone call from a client Mrs J in distress. Her and her son were both in the vulnerable group and shielding. We had previously offered to do her shopping, but she had declined as she had managed to book a delivery from a supermarket.
On the day her shopping was due, she rang us distressed as her order had suddenly been cancelled. She was worried because her son needed fresh fruit and vegetables for his health, and they were relying on the shopping for essentials. She was upset as she did not have anyone to ask to go shopping for them.
We took her shopping list and managed to find a volunteer almost immediately who very kindly spent time going round several local shops to buy fresh fruit, veg and essentials. The client said she was so relieved to hear we could help her as she really had nowhere to turn to. The volunteer dropped her shopping off by 3 pm that day.
Get in touch
Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow & Brent, Central Office, 2 Chapel Court, Hayes, UB3 2LW.
Registered charity number 1051711. Company number 3136052. VAT registration number 531 2424 87