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Maxi's Story

“The pandemic affected me in many ways. I felt like I was in prison. I became more withdrawn. Sometimes my thought patterns were rather strange. I was living in shared accommodation, on the top floor so I was quite isolated. My room was tiny. If I got up suddenly I would hit my head on the ceiling. I would take three steps and had reached my limit. The toilet had a perpetual smell. Sometimes it would build up a gas and on occasions I woke up thinking it was going to kill me. But no one would listen. I couldn’t even go for a walk because my doctor told me to shield.

It felt like a rebirth.

Nevina, my project worker, she helped me very much. I would speak with her on the phone and pick up on the kindness in her voice. I got relief with her. She helped me find a new home. At first it felt like a rebirth. Where I am living now is near to a place that is very familiar. All my friends used to live round here when I was a boy; that brought back happy memories. I can walk in the park and recall all the friends that went to school with me. I had a good life as a school boy.

I’m looking forward to getting some shelving or a shed to store my books. I’ve been collecting books since 1970 so I have a lot of them. That’s what kept me going during lockdown; reading books.” – Maxi, aged 72, Floating Support client

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

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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.

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