Older women

Older Residents' Officer

Around a quarter of Housing for Women’s general needs residents are aged over 60. Our Older Residents’ Officer delivers community-based support working closely with a network of support services to meet residents’ needs. We focus on assisting our older residents in their existing homes through providing aids and adaptations and combating social isolation by organising regular social activities.

We help our older residents with:

  • accessing new technology, such as computers and the internet
  • sign-posting tenants to external services and voluntary agencies
  • arranging for the provision of minor aids and adaptations to the home
  • liaising with occupational therapy, health and social services
  • providing benefits and financial inclusion support
  • combating social isolation by organising a range of social activities including lunch gatherings, afternoon teas and Christmas parties 
  • a telephone befriending service, offering free friendship calls for residents aged over 60
  • support with buying household items 
  • applications for sheltered housing 
  • concerns about neighbours and anti-social behaviour 

If you would like to discuss your support needs, or if you would like some general information, please contact out Older Residents' Officer on 020 3794 4812 or email Nadine.Hughes@h4w.co.uk


Telephone befriending

Our telephone befriending service is a free telephone friendship service for our residents aged 60 and over. 

The service is delivered by volunteers who phone residents at agreed times for a chat, providing friendly conversation and companionship on a regular basis to help prevent isolation and promote emotional wellbeing.

Not having someone to talk to regularly can be lonely, particularly if you're used to sharing your home and time with others. A regular, friendly chat on the phone can make all the difference. Due to the success of the pilot service, we are now recruiting for further befrienders.

All Housing for Women residents aged 60 or over can opt-in for this service. To find out more or to opt-in, please contact Nadine Hughes, Older Residents’ Officer, by calling 020 3794 4812 or emailing Nadine.Hughes@h4w.co.uk



Older women’s co-housing

We worked with the Older Women’s Co-Housing (OWCH) group during the development of New Ground – a pioneering women's co-housing scheme of 25 flats in High Barnet purpose-built for women over 50.

The first co-housing project of its kind in the UK, the scheme was delivered in partnership with OWCH and the Hanover Housing Association.  The acquisition of the eight rented units for Housing for Women's residents was made possible by a grant from the Tudor Trust. Eight of Housing for Women’s older residents took up residency in their new homes in early 2017. 







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