Imelda's Story

"The pandemic has been terrifying. I do feel alone. My husband passed way 21 years ago but I didn’t think about it before the pandemic because I was able to go out but since March I haven’t been anywhere. My life changed completely because I was such an active person, even though I’m crippled with arthritis, I do not let it beat me. I was on the go all the time. I'd go to bingo. I’d go to clubs. Every Saturday, every weekend.

To think someone cares.

Bridget has been fantastic. There’s a bit of Irish in her and I’m Irish so we get on great. She’s been ringing me from day one. Some days I would just sit here and cry, kind of wishing I was gone. Then all of a sudden I could get a phone call and it would actually get me out of it, to think someone cares. That one thing..."Are you ok?" If everyone asks you “Are you ok?” that makes you fit for the day.

I'm looking forward to going to bingo. And seeing the Irish bands. They're the ones I miss the most." - Imelda, aged 74, Telephone Befriending client

Bingo may not change the world, but it might mean the world to someone.

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Elders Voice from Elders Voice

Elders Voice is a voluntary sector organisation offering a variety of services to older people living in the London Borough of Brent. These include:

  • A Floating Support Service that supports older people with benefit entitlements, debt management, housing repairs, home safety & security and enjoying an active social life.
  • A Handyperson Service that enables older people to live safely and independently in their homes by undertaking handiwork such as installing smoke alarms, grab rails and other adaptations, installing locks, peepholes and curtain rails, changing light bulbs, unblocking toilets and repairing leaks.
  • A Wellbeing Centre that offers Memory Cafes for people with dementia and their carers, Day Centres for frail older people & older people with dementia and Wellbeing Activities such as fitness classes and computer classes.
  • Lend an Ear; a telephone befriending scheme.
  • General advice and information for older people in the community.


For further information visit the twitter feed.

  • Wed, September 15 2021, 1:25 PM : RT @NeasdenTemple: Dev Patel, a volunteer at #NeasdenTemple, was presented with the Young Leader Award at the #PrideofBrent Youth Awards la…
  • Wed, September 15 2021, 1:25 PM : RT @NeasdenTemple: Dev volunteered to deliver tiffins to the elderly and most vulnerable during the early period of the pandemic through @B…
  • Wed, September 8 2021, 11:48 AM : RT @NadaSavitch: @Elders_Voice @KensalQueensPk Good luck to everyone taking part in the @BlenheimTri Blenheim Triathlon on behalf of @Elder…
  • Wed, September 8 2021, 11:47 AM : RT @Brent_Council: Come along to Brent Health Matter's Health and Wellbeing Awareness Day! 📅 Sat 18 September ⌚ 10am - 3pm 📚 Outside Kings…