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This site was last updated: 2013
Check out external sites under Deptford Action Group for the Elderly
For advice, support, and activities, visit Age UK Lewisham and Southwark's website at: www.ageuk.org.uk/lewishamandsouthwark
for helpful advice,
visit Lewisham Citizens Advice Bureau's website at: www.lewishamcab.org.uk
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, visit Lewisham Pensioners Forum's website at:
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Deptford Action Group for the Elderly (DAGE) -
Registered Charity No. 269672

On 2nd June 2008, the anniversary of
Her Majesty The Queen's Coronation,
it was announced that DAGE
was one of 79 voluntary groups across the UK to be chosen for
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
to recognise those in our group, and to quote the Queen's Award website,
"giving their time freely for the benefit of others",
and this "is the highest honour that can be bestowed
upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the MBE".
Click below to visit the Queen's Award website, and scroll down to DAGE:

DAGE has been declared a finalist, 1 of 4 chosen nationally,
Best High Street Recycler,
in the prestigious National Recycling Awards 2008,
and to quote the organiser's literature, this is
"the industry's foremost recognition of success".
Click below to visit the National Recycling Awards website:

DAGE has been declared on 5th February 2009
Green Business Runner-up Winner of the
Green Guardian Awards 2008
across Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and Lewisham
hosted by the News Shopper

Use our referral form by clicking here if you are an organisation/service
helping local people access low-cost furniture,
and help them get a 20% discount on all items we stock.

This popular charity has been relaunched in 2000
to help pensioners combat social isolation,
get help and advice from the Pension Service, Police, Fire Brigade,
NHS opticians and health promotion specialists,
and to provide a place where older people can meet each other daily
and hear the tunes they've grown up with over refreshments.
You can donate to DAGE to help our mums and dads

Please help DAGE -
The charity shop is looking for all re-usable furniture, and more.

Please ring 020 8691 8823/020 8691 2849
for collections of donated items and come to DAGE for a bargain at,
71 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AA
from 9am-3pm Mon to Fri and Sat 9am to 1pm and
311 Evelyn Street
, London SE8 5RA from 9am-3pm Mon to Fri.

DAGE runs a barbers for Ladies and Gents at 313 Evelyn Street,
and nextdoor to DAGE's 311 Evelyn Street charity shop.
DAGE offers pensioners specially discounted rates.

Ring 020 8694 2230 to make a booking.

Below is an example of one of
DAGE's outings to the coast for local pensioners
on average are held four times a year - all donations gratefully received!

Tune into DAGE's weekly radio interviews
such as with Lewisham Mayor,
Sir Steve Bullock,
pictured below at the 29th March 08 protest rally,

against the A Picture of Health consultation options,
concerning residents affected by proposed changes to
hospital services across Lewisham, Greenwich, Bexley and Bromley,

on Calling All Pensioners on Resonance104.4FM
across Greater London on FM
and on www.resonancefm.com
on Mondays at 1pm and repeated Sundays at 2pm

Use our referral form by clicking here if you are an organisation/service
helping local people access low-cost furniture,
and help them get a 20% discount on all items we stock.

DAGE's Harry (centre) with Harry and Joyce celebrating
their 50th wedding anniversary at DAGE's pop-in

To help us continue to run our daily pop-in centre in Deptford
for 100s of older people, donate what you can by clicking below.
You can donate to DAGE to help our mums and dads

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
Website: http://ecs.lewisham.gov.uk/dage