Let’s Talk is a session which takes place on the first Wednesday of every month, 10.30am – 12pm. It was set up in lockdown, with the first session taking place in October 2020. The aim of the group is to give a platform to people to…..TALK. It’s an open forum within which local people can get together and express what’s on their mind, share information about things that they’ve discovered that are useful, ask questions of others.
It’s a confidential space, led by our Information & Advice Specialist Caseworker, Shamin Noronha, who makes it clear that “What’s discussed is decided by the group! As well as the usual informal discussions, we try to invite a guest speaker every month in response to what people want to hear about. New members are always welcome. We usually have over 30 people joining the session, and we’re adults of all ages!”
When the group first opened its virtual doors, we were bowled over by the number of clients who were interested in taking part and also talking. It’s a relaxed forum and people drop in when they can. Whilst many people like to talk, there’s probably an equal number that like to listen!
William who has attended at least half a dozen of the Let’s Talk events says “Let’s Talk is a wonderful group with something for everybody: trouble with electrics or gas or water, if they can’t help you, they know someone who can! It’s a good information hub, with a community feel to it. I’ll always check in with it, as it’s good to know what’s happening locally”.
“I have found Let’s Talk Group to be very helpful and the extra support has helped reduce my stress levels. My professional background is a teacher. However, nearly 20 yrs ago l became a Carer for my mother. I have been able to be referred for example to get support with Lasting Powers of Attorney, Carer’s Card, Taxicard. Also support from Islington Shine and Thames Water Utilities (where I got advice and support and I was able to pay a reduced bill).” Victoria.
Planned Future Let’s Talk Events, 10.30am – 12pm (first Wednesday of the month):
4 August 2021 – BBC TV Licencing will be talking about the changes to the TV licence (which is no longer free for over 75s), including ways to help pay for your licence, whatever your age.
1 September 2021 – James’ Place to discuss life-saving support to men in suicidal crisis.
6 October 2021 – Changes in billing of water rates for those living in social housing (speaker to be confirmed).
What you need to know to join a session!
If you’ve not attended till now, put the date and time in your diary for the next one! To register for the session, contact SNoronha@ageukislington.org.uk and we’ll send a zoom link. For help getting started with zoom or if you’ve any other questions, please contact us on our Helpline 020 7281 6018, Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
For further information about Let’s Talk, see our webpage.
Age UK Islington (adults of all ages 16yrs+), provides help with money worries, housing issues, emotional support and support for unpaid carers: www.ageuk.org.uk/islington