The H&F Older People’s Commission is giving residents aged 65 and over more time to have their say on loneliness and isolation in H&F by extending the deadline for its survey to 31 March.
Hammersmith &Fulham Council has asked the independent, resident-led commission to come up with recommendations on making life better for older residents in the borough.
The commission is led by local resident Bryan Naylor, who is also president of the H&F Older People’s Consultative Forum and a trustee of H&F Age UK.
Reducing isolation and loneliness
One of the commission’s priorities is to reduce isolation and loneliness. According to a report from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness (pdf), this affects nine million people in the UK and can be as harmful to health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
Bryan Naylor says: “We are committed to tackling loneliness by working with the council to put in place measures to reduce its impact on older residents.
“The more H&F residents who do the survey, the better our ideas will be. I urge every older resident to take part.”
The commission is planning to issue its first recommendations in the spring.
Cllr Ben Coleman, H&F Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “We’re always looking for ways of making older residents’ lives better or easier. For example, we are one of only three councils in the country not to charge for home care.
“But I know we can do more, working with residents. That’s what this commission and this survey are all about.”
Involving residents in shaping services
The independent H&F Older People’s Commission was set up towards the end of last year and is made up of residents, volunteers, charities and healthcare experts.
The commission is part of the council’s commitment to do things with residents, rather than to them.To find out more, please contact Julien Danero Iglesias at Julien.Danero-Iglesias@lbhf.gov.uk or on 020 8753 5711 or visit the Older People’s Commission webpage.
Other resident-led H&F commissions have already looked at poverty and worklessness, business, airport expansion, council homes, disabled people, air quality, biodiversity and rough sleeping.