Hackney Homes held a spectacular Winter Warmer event for their older residents last week. The event, held in Hackney Town Hall, attracted hundreds of residents all eager to get useful tips on keeping safe, healthy and warm and reducing energy bills, as well as pick up some winter goodies.
Age UK (East London), the London Fire Brigade, the Big Energy Saving Network, Hackney Diabetes Centre and Volunteer Centre Hackney were among some of the organisations offering helpful advice to residents.
Many residents were pleased to speak directly to Hackney Homes’ staff from teams including gas safety, repairs and resident participation. They were also able to approach Mayor of Hackney, Jules Pipe, about their concerns and suggestions for their local community.
Chair of the Hackney Homes Board, Rupert Tyson MBE, said:
“Providing residents the information they need to be healthy, safe and to make savings on their energy bills is valuable to so many of our older residents. Our Winter Warmer events have proven to be popular and as a Hackney Homes resident myself, it brings me great joy to be part of it for another year running.”
Residents left well equipped with useful advice and goodies, with some having signed up to the free community based exercise classes and digital training courses on offer.
One resident, Valarie Baysan, said: "This is a really nice event. I've enjoyed getting all the advice and meeting people and socialising. Everyone has been really friendly and helpful."
Cllr Philip Glanville, cabinet adviser for Hackney Homes, said: “The event has grown over the years, and continues to provide older residents with the information and support they need during these winter months.”