Are you over 55 and affected by a loved one’s substance use?

Adfam facilitates a peer support group for older carers affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use which meets monthly near Old Street. People offer one another practical and emotional advice, help and support in a friendly and non-judgmental environment, and some sessions are led by a professional counsellor.

There are also quarterly outings and social activities to give older carers a chance to relax and take some time for themselves. Newcomers are always welcome!

Adfam has also recently published a resource which brings together their experiences of working with this vulnerable group: Entitled “No one judges you here” voices of older people affected by a loved one’s substance use you can download the report here.

If you would like to find out more, contact Alison Hill on or 020 3817 9410.

Free film screenings in Westminster this spring

Let an older relative or loved one know about enjoy two free screenings of La La Land and Beauty and the Beast this spring. Please note all spaces are for people aged 65 and over resident in Westminster.

Beauty and the Beast

See the brand new adaptation of the classic Disney fairy tale for free, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens and Luke Evans. Screening provided by ODEON Leicester Square and Disney.

Venue: ODEON Leicester Square, 24-26 Leicester Square, WC2H 7JY.

Date and time: Wednesday 17th May. Please arrive by 10am for a 10.30am start.

How to claim: 950 spaces available. Please turn up on the day quoting “Westminster Plus free space.”

All spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. In the highly unlikely event that more people arrive on the day than spaces available then some people won’t be able to attend the screening.

La La Land

Come to a free screening of the Oscar-winning story of a musician and an aspiring actress who meet and fall in love in Los Angeles, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Screening provided by Picturehouse and Lionsgate Films.

Venue: Picturehouse Central, Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Great Windmill Street, Piccadilly, W1D 7DH

Date and time: Sunday 23rd April. Please arrive by 10.30am for a 11am start.

How to claim: 177 spaces available. Book online at or write in to Westminster Plus, 18th Floor, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP.

The CQC (Carer Quality Commission) launch their older people’s campaign ‘Worked up? Speak up’ on 6 March.

What is it and why are they doing it?

Research has shown that older people are less likely to complain about services and are less aware of the different ways they can share their views.

The CQC want to reach older people (65+) and their loved ones of all ages and encourage them to share their experience of care.

They are particularly keen for help to locate people to talk about their experiences or to discuss how they talk with a loved one about experiences of health and care services.

You can share your experiences with the CQC during the campaign here.

The Carers Trust has launched, “Retirement on Hold”, a new report which highlights some of the challenges faced by older carers and makes recommendations to improve their experience now and in the future.

The report is part of their Speak up for Older Carers work.

Key findings of the report:

  • Care coordination – carers said they were spending too much time, and became stressed and anxious when trying to organise care and support for the person with care needs.
  • Carers are caring for someone else when they have their own age-related health condition.
  • The pressures around carers feeling they had a ‘duty to care’ – the Care Act recognises that caring should be a choice.
  • Lack of appropriate replacement care to enable carers to take a break.

Key Recommendations

  • Access to a ‘care coordinator’ – many older carers felt this would help them navigate the health and care system. It is recognised that with limited resources this may not be feasible, however, earlier referral to a carer organisation may help improve the situation for carers.
  • Appropriate and timely access to information and advice about support available locally, nationally and UK wide. This information would need to recognise that not all older carers are able to access the internet.
  • Improved access to appropriate and good quality replacement care.

Although the research findings apply to England the general guidance is applicable across the whole of the UK.

Download the report here

Age UK Westminster invites you to ‘tread the boards’ with Acting Mature, an exciting drama project for Westminster residents aged 50 plus, based in and around Church Street.

Take part in a series of FREE  drama workshops at Penfold Community Hub   (60 Penfold Street, Westminster, NW8 8PJ) on the following dates:

Wednesday 8, 15, 22 February (11-1pm)

Wednesday 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 March (11-1pm)

These workshops will focus on developing performance skills and creating a collection of original short plays inspired by Church Street.

The project will end with a public performance on Saturday 8 April at the Greenside Community Centre.

If you are interested in participating in the project, please get in touch with Katherine Timms at Age UK Westminster on 020 3004 5612 or

You can also join them for a taster session on Wednesday 25 January 11-1pm!


The new programme for Time for Me Westminster for January to March 2017 has now been finalised.

The programme provides free activities and trips for unpaid carers aged 50 and over, who are living in Westminster and includes some special computer/smart phone courses for carers.

Carers Computer Courses

Course 1: Digital Life Beginners Course – 3 week course
Friday 13th January 10.30am-12.30pm – week 1
Friday 20th January 10.30am-12.30pm – week 2
Friday 27th January 10.30am-12.30pm – week 3
Second Half Centre, St Charles Centre for Health and Wellbeing, Exmoor Street, London, W10 6DZ (nearest tube station Ladbroke Grove)

Course 2: Digital Life Intermediate Course – 2 week course
Friday 3rd February 10.30am-12.30pm – week 1
Friday 10th February 10.30am-12.30pm – week 2
Second Half Centre (address as above)

  • These 2 Digital Life Courses are with Open Age tutor Lena. For each course you must book in advance and be able to attend all 2 or 3 weeks.
  • The courses will cover a range of topics agreed with the group (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, online shopping, smart phones, iPads, apps).
  • Please bring your smart phone if you want to learn more about it.
  • If you don’t have one, phones will be available for the course.
  • The intermediate course is for those with some knowledge.
  • Courses shared with North Kensington and there are limited places.

To book a place please call 020 8962 4536

The full Time For Me programme is available to download here

Open Age run activities for the over 50s and membership is free.

The Activity Programme for the Open Age Queen’s Park & Harrow Road hub from Jan 9 to 21 March 2017 can be downloaded here