"Some people are quite alone, and this is the only platform they have to get their voice heard"

Frances Eley, 91

Frances is very involved in community organisations around our borough, including Kilburn Older Voices Exchange (KOVE) and St. Pancras Community Association. She is a long-standing member of the Camden Intergenerational Network and was part of the panel that appointed Age UK Camden to take the lead on Ageing Better in Camden. Frances is currently writing her life story.

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“I was on the panel that appointed Age UK Camden to be the leader of Ageing Better in Camden; I was on the board of St. Pancras Community Association and KOVE at the time.

I am involved because you get to know about what other areas are doing, and it’s nice to meet people of our own age who are in the same boat. Some people are quite lonely, quite alone, and this is the only platform they have to get their voice heard. And that is the idea – that everyone has a say.

Before this group, a lot of older people had ideas that they couldn’t express. There are a lot of lonely people, there still are. We’ve all learnt a lot of new things.

It would be a great pity if the group didn’t continue and a lot of people would be lost without it. We learn about things going on and get co-opted into other groups and meetings. Lots of other things I wouldn’t have been involved in without this group.”