Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, met today with the Newham Age UK’s Older People’s Reference Group to acknowledge and discuss the role of the elderly within the Newham Borough, and the future of provision for older people.
Age UK Newham works with the Newham Older People’s Partnership board, co-ordinated by Age UK East London and funded by the national Age UK organisation. The Group has been running for 40 years, and works with those over 50, regularly holding meetings to discuss issues affecting the elderly in Newham in which attendees are able to voice worries regarding health and social care, and the organisation are able to respond - providing practical support, addressing financial matters, preventing social isolation, and organising activities within the community catered towards social care.
The event was held at St Mark’s Community Centre in Beckton, where Stephen spoke alongside Lyn Brown MP about the importance of maintaining a high quality of care and treatment for older people both within Newham and on a national scale, and the future of monetary provision for the elderly – an important issue in light of government cuts. He also spoke of the Labour Party’s commission on ‘Whole Person Care’, and the idea of bringing together hospitals, mental health care and local authority care services into a single service.
Speaking after the event, Stephen commented; “The state and welfare of the elderly both in Newham and on a larger scale is of great importance, and the Older People’s Reference Group working within Newham do a fantastic job.”