A week of festivities to celebrate older people in Tower Hamlets

Yoga at Toynbee Hall

Yoga at Toynbee Hall

A week of activities and events will take place across Tower Hamlets this week as the council marks the United Nations International Day of Older Persons on 1 October.

The council is partnering with local voluntary, health and community organisations to provide music, refreshments and entertainment for older people in the borough. 

The International Day of Older Persons is an opportunity to celebrate older people and promote a society where older people feel welcome and that they are making a positive contribution to the community.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: “Although Tower Hamlets is a relatively young borough, our older community is set to grow exponentially over the next ten years. We want to continue working hard to make sure the borough is a welcoming place in which to grow older. Our week of celebrations is a wonderful reminder of the support we’re providing for our older residents and the commitment we’ve made to promote their wellbeing.”

There is estimated to be more than 20,000 people aged 65 or over currently living in Tower Hamlets. This is expected to increase by nearly a third to 29,000 by 2030. 

For more than a decade, Tower Hamlets Council and Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group have been helping to fund the LinkAge Plus scheme. The initiative supports older people through its network of five centres based at various locations across the borough 

The centres – Toynbee Hall in Aldgate East; the Sundial Centre in Bethnal Green; Sonali Gardens in Shadwell; Age UK in Bow; and Neighbours in Poplar – will each host a celebration event this week, with the launch day at Toynbee Hall.

Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing, said: “Everyone should have the right to live an independent and fulfilling life, no matter what age they are. The work that Linkage Plus does in Tower Hamlets is invaluable in supporting older people to feel healthy and happy and providing a space for people to socialise, stay active and try new things.”

Tower Hamlets is estimated to have the highest levels of loneliness in older people in both London and England, and tackling this is one of the key priorities in the borough’s Ageing Well strategy.

The LinkAge Plus service offers a diverse selection of clubs, classes and groups to help tackle loneliness and isolation, keep older people physically active and support their health and wellbeing.

In addition to their regular exercise classes, LinkAge Plus will be working alongside the English National Ballet for the next three years. This exciting partnership delivers Dancing East, a weekly programme of ballet classes for older people in East London, which take place in five community centres in the borough.

To find out more about LinkAge Plus and the activities they offer, visit www.toynbeehall.org.uk/linkage-plus


For more information about this release contact the London Borough of Tower Hamlets communications team on 020 7364 4389 or email communications@towerhamlets.gov.uk

Notes to editors

Celebration dates and times:

  • Monday 30 September, 11am - 3pm

Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street E1 6LS

T: 020 7392 2913 

  • Tuesday 1 October, 11am - 3pm

AgeUK East London, Caxton Community Centre, Caxton Hall E3 2EE

T: 020 8981 7124 

  • Wednesday 2 October, 11am - 3pm

Sundial Centre, 11 Shipton Street E2 7RU

T: 020 3828 3928 

  • Thursday 3 October, 11am - 3pm

Sonali Gardens, Tarling East Community Centre, 63 Martha Street, Shadwell E1 2PA

T: 020 7265 9292 

  • Friday 4 October, 11am - 3pm

Neighbours in Poplar, St Mathias Community Centre, 113 Poplar High Street E14 0AE

Posted on Tuesday 1st October 2019