site was last updated: 2013
Action Group for the Elderly (DAGE) -
runs a barbers for Ladies and Gents at 313 Evelyn Street,
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DAGE would like to thank all its sponsors and those who have helped, including the local Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade, Age UK Lewisham and Southwark, Lewisham Citizens Advice, the Pension Service, Big Lottery Fund and Lewisham Council and many trusts and foundations which make DAGE's work possible,
and not forgetting to thank all DAGE's volunteers and supporters.
DAGE's case study for
The Queen's Award for Outstanding Voluntary Service
(and updated for 2013)
In 1st 2 rows: DAGE's Harry, Rosie Bird, Councillor Sylvia Scott,
Betty Brown, Councillor Heidi Alexander (now MP of Lewisham East), and Colonel Conrad Graham,
Her Majesty The Queen's Deputy Lord Lieutenant in 2008
Deptford Action Group for the Elderly (DAGE) combats social isolation for local pensioners through a daily pop-in facility for social contact and support, and an advice and information service. DAGE provides valuable volunteering opportunities for both young and older people of all communities to aid social inclusion, promote citizenship and improve the quality of life for its beneficiaries.
DAGE complements the work of specialist agencies by signposting its users for specific advice. DAGE hosts on a monthly basis free sight-testing introductions by NHS opticians, the Pension Service who give advice on benefits, and police crime prevention surgeries. On a quarterly basis the London Fire Brigade advises on free smoke alarms and home safety checks, and the local NHS provide health promotion.
DAGE is driven by a regular team of 25 volunteers and roles include those performed by recently retired older people, discovering they can make a very real difference by befriending older users to DAGE's pop-in. These older users will typically be 74 years of age and upwards, bereaved and living on their own, and without the support of immediate family and friends. Without DAGE's volunteers, they would become increasingly socially isolated and less readily receptive to help, which can aid their continued independence.
DAGE pensioner user, Betty Brown, aged 83, said: "I live for the parties and outings that DAGE put on where I can recall the great times I've had in my youth. I like to sing at these as everyone enjoys this. I was introduced to the NHS opticians who come monthly to DAGE. Through their referral, I have just had laser treatment which has really improved my sight. I now do not need to wear glasses for most everyday things. DAGE is truly wonderful and I am thrilled that DAGE's volunteers have been recognised by the Queen's Award."
DAGE has two charity shops which generate match funding to aid the pop-in centre and this also helps the environment by re-using furniture, made available at affordable prices to pensioners and people of all ages, such as those on low incomes. DAGE collects re-usable furniture across much of south-east London.
DAGE has a twice-weekly radio programme, Calling All Pensioners, across Greater London on Resonance104.4FM,
also on www.resonancefm.com, on Mondays at 1pm and repeated Sundays at 2pm.
Contact: Tim Hamilton (Project Development Officer)
Call: 020 8691 2849