Celebrate UK Older People’s Day
Every year, UK Older People’s Day is held on 1 October to
coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons. The main
aim of the day is to celebrate the achievements of older people,
recognise the contributions that they make to society and the
economy and to highlight that age is no barrier to staying
active and involved in community life.
This year, Redbridge will once again be
celebrating UK Older People’s Day with a fantastic programme of
events and activities from Wednesday 24 September
to Wednesday 8 October 2014.
Enjoy a variety of arts and crafts, socialising events, health
and wellbeing sessions, learning opportunities, cultural workshops
and much more. Most activities are free and everyone is
To request a copy of the programme please call 020 8708
5232, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
pick up a copy from your local library.
Redbridge response to Department of Health’s consultation on
Care Act 2014
Redbridge Council held a consultation event on 7 August to
respond to the Department of Health’s consultation on the new Care
The consultation event was attended by Local Authority Officers
from across the services, stake holders, providers and service
Making Intermediate Care Better
GP’s in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge are running
a 12 week consultation on making intermediate care services
Intermediate care helps people get better quicker without
needing to go to hospital, and also helps get people out of
hospital and back home, sometimes after a stay in a community rehab
Since a successful trial of two intermediate care services
(Community Treatment Team and Intensive Rehabilitation Service),
Gp’s now want to permanently establish these services, which would
mean that more people would receive care in their own homes. They
also want to merge the three existing community rehabilitation
units (Grays Court in Dagenham, Heronwood and Galleon unit in
Wanstead and Foxglove ward at King George Hospital) into one unit,
on the King George Hospital site in Goodmayes. This is because
since the trial, most people have been receiving care in their own
homes and a lot of the beds in the community rehab units are now
not being used.
The consultation will run until 1 October 2014.
Redbridge Autism Plan 2012-15 is being
The Department of Health (DH) has published 'Think Autism', an
update to the Adults with Autism Strategy for England: Fulfilling
and Rewarding Lives (2010) in line with duties set out in the
Autism Act 2009.
In Redbridge we plan to update our existing Adults with Autism
Plan during 2014/15 in the light of the priorities in the national
strategy and will do this through the Redbridge Adults with Autism
Working Group which has proved to be an effective process for the
local implementation of the National Autism Strategy and associated
activities to date.
Redbridge Community Lunch Club
- Are you a Redbridge resident?
- Would you like to meet up for lunch and meet
- Are you over 65 years of age?
- Can you get to the club independently?
If the answer is yes, then why not visit the
community lunch club. The club provides lunch, refreshments,
outings, and community information as well activities, hobbies and
chair based exercise sessions to assist your health and
Mondays and Thursdays from
10.00am to 2.00pm at The Living Well
Resource Centre, 372 Chadwell Heath Lane, Chadwell Heath
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and
Fridays from 10.30am to 1.30pm at
St Johns Church and Centre, St Johns Road, Seven
Kings, IG2 7BB
For more information or if you would like to
attend please call Kusum Sidhar on 0208 708 9872 or
07958 043760 (between 9.30am and 2.00pm).
Peer review report
Earlier this year, Adult Social Services
underwent a peer review and the findings from this review will
help with the continuous improvement as part of the
‘sector led improvement’ programme.
A peer review is not an inspection but is viewed
as a learning process to assist councils and their partners to help
assess current achievements, identify areas for improvements and
provide constructive supportive suggestions for development. It is
supported by our peers rather than inspectors.
Autism Alert Card available
An Autism Alert Card is available to any
Redbridge resident who has an autistic spectrum condition.
The card, which is the size of a credit card can
be carried at all times and used in situations where you cannot
easily give an explanation about your condition. It will also
assist the police and other emergency services to identify that
they are dealing with someone who has autism.
The card will carry the logos of the Redbridge
Disability Consortium, Centre for Independent and Inclusive Living
Redbridge (CiiLR) and Redbridge Council so they will be easily
identifiable to the emergency services.
How Redbridge is supporting people with dementia
Redbridge Adult Social Services was asked
to participate in a film to show how the council is
supporting people with dementia and giving residents choice
and control in an extra care sheltered environment or in