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Services for older people

There are a range of services which are provided in the borough of Islington to help older residents, some are provided by Islington Council and others are voluntary.  If you would like to be referred to any of these service please contact us or contact them direct using the information below.

Partners Assisted Decorations Scheme

Partners has a small budget to help tenants decorate a room. The eligibility criteria are:

  • You must be 70 or over or a disabled person in receipt of a recognised disability benefit.
  • There must be no other able bodied person under the age of 60 living at the address
  • You must not have had any decorating carried out by Partners or Islington Council within the last 7 years

If you would like to be considered for the scheme you must contact us and complete an application form.

Garden Partner Scheme

Partners are working with Islington Council matching residents on the allotment waiting list with residents who can no longer manage their overgrown gardens. The criteria for being matched with someone on the allotment waiting list is as above.

Please contact us for more information or to register.

Floating Support Agencies
SHP are a floating support service whose aim is to help people stay in their homes, through giving advice and practical support regarding benefits, befriending, advice on care and counselling, and getting help with contacting family members.
0207 520 8682. (Leaflet available) 

Shine offer a wide range of interventions and particularly target those who are 75 and over, those with heart or breathing problems, and those with children under 5 at home. They offer advice and support on your home, finance, health and general information. To be referred to SHINE please contact us.

Support agency who aim to help those over 55 years old live independently in there home through all aspects of advice.
0207 877 6336 (Leaflet available) 
Other services in Islington
There are two day centres in Islington. The Drovers Centre on North Road and the Sotheby Mews Centre.
The Drovers Centre N7 9EY
They provide a two course lunchtime meal (currently £3.00 fee) and light refreshments.
Hairdresser, and second hand clothes and bric-a-brac shop.
It is also an online centre, so there is free access to the internet and computers, with basic training if required.
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
Please call 0207 607 7701 for further information.
Sotheby Mews Day Centre N5 2UT
They provide a two course lunch (currently £3.00 fee) and light refreshments.
Hairdresser, and second hand clothes and bric-a-brac shop.
Also Asian Leaders Group and Turkish Elders group
Free Access to the internet.
Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm.
Please call 0207 226 1421 for further information.
Transport and Mobility in your area
Freedom Pass
If you are aged 60 years old and over you can apply for your pass at your local post office.
Scootability Service
This service provides Scooters, power chairs and personal mobility vehicles to Islington residents. If you are interested in applying for one of these, then please call their service on  020 7374 6435.
Blue Badges
The European Blue Badge is recognised in Islington. If you would like to apply for a Blue Badge then contact the team at, PO Box 46106 , London EC1B 1BR.
Accessible Bus Service
The 812, bus service runs through Hoxton and Angel, Monday to Friday from 9.30 to 4.30pm. Freedom pass holders can get this bus service free. All other travellers must pay £1 per journey. This can either be hailed along the route or at bus stops.
This bus has lowered ramps and is wheelchair accessible
If you would like to know more about the route then please call 0207 275 2435.
Community Care Services
Support can be provided at home, at a day centre, at a care home and sometimes it can be a combination of these.
The main role of Adult Social Services is to support older people, disabled people with a long term condition or illness to live as independently as possible, preferably in their own home.
If you want to speak to someone about getting support from Adult Social Services then please call them on 0207 527 2299. ( Mon- Fri 9-5pm)
Help in your Home
A Home Carer can help with personal care, shopping, collecting your pension, paying your bills and household chores.
The service is tailored to meet your needs, and Home Care is only provided following an assessment. Please call them on 0207527 2299.
Meals in the Home
This Service is run by Fresh Community Meals who run the service on behalf on Islington Council. Specialist and cultural diets are catered for as well as frozen and hot meals. There is a set charge for each meal provided.
If you are interested in applying for this service then call 0207 527 2299 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm).
Occupational Therapy
Is a service that assesses the difficulties that people and carers are having, such as getting in and out of bed, getting on and off the toilet and negotiating steps and stairs.
The team can offer advice about alternative ways to carry out tasks, with or without equipment and small adaptations or liaise with the landlord to consider larger adaptations.
The team can also offer a one off visit, those people who are having trouble getting in and out of the bath and would benefit from a board, seat or rail to assist them.
To contact them please call, 0207 527 2299 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)
Services for blind or partially sighted people
A rehabilitation worker is available to provide an assessment to people with a visual impairment and advice what services are available to them.
This service is available on Mondays, 2-4.30pm and Fridays, 2-4.30pm. Please call them on  0207 527 4443.
Benefit advice
If you are interested in claiming:
Pension Credit
Council Tax Benefit
Attendance allowance
Disability living Allowance
Housing Benefit
Then  please call 0207 527 3697 to arrange a home visit.