“What I wanted is, I should be active, to participate. I also want to help other people.”

Shahana

Shahana worked as a GP until her retirement, when she moved to Camden. She did not know the area well. She attended the computer drop-ins at Age UK Camden and was invited by Andrew, an OPAG member, to join OPAG. “I was very happy that there was a familiar face. I had lost a bit of confidence with going out.”

Shahana and fellow OPAG member Elizabeth Ann visit the British Museum

Shahana and fellow OPAG member Elizabeth Ann visit the British Museum

Shahana has since gone on to become very involved with ABC, volunteering, attending consultations and focus groups, and getting involved in cultural events in the borough.

“Elizabeth Ann and I went to an exhibition at the British Museum about Islamic Art with tickets from OPAG. We met at the bus stop and went together. We really enjoyed it.”

She volunteered with the Outreach Team at a pop-up in a sheltered housing block where she met other older people and was able to offer advice. “I advised one woman about hospital transport. She was very happy and I gave her the number. She is now able to get to her appointments.”

With Vocus, Shahana has attended CCG meetings, visited the new Greenwood site, Henderson Court, and offered professional insights at a focus group on the Health and Social Care Green paper. “That was very interesting for me, that’s the type of thing I would like to get involved in more.”

“What I wanted is, I should be active, to participate. I also want to help other people.”