Project information

Advocacy for Caribbean Elders

Our project aims to improve Caribbean elders' access to accurate information and take up of services that contribute to their health and well being as well as enable them to live independently.

December 2010 - November 2015

Charity information

Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation

Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation logo
  • Need


    This project will be based in the inner London borough of Hackney - a community that is among the most deprived in the country and has been designated by the Government as an area for targeted regeneration.
    There are many elders living in the borough of Hackney who do not know about existing services available to them. The local primary care trust acknowledges that BME elders are under-represented as users of services.


    a) Undertaking outreach casework services to community groups, housing associations and churches to provide information, advocacy support and assistance. This may involve utilising new technology and assistive technologies where this is appropriate.
    b) Carrying out home-based assessments, advice and advocacy for those who are housebound.

    c) Offering advocacy support to Caribbean elders who have poor eyesight, difficulties reading or other difficulties dealing with paperwork.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increased awareness of benefits and entitlements of Caribbean elders.


    » Advocacy support to individual Caribbean elders.
    » We will offer: Advice and advocacy to those that are housebound.
    » Outreach casework services to community groups and organisations, housing associations and churches.

    Success will be that 85 Caribbean eldersreport that they have more money to meet their basic needs by the end of the first year of the project.

    Aim 2

    Caribbean elders have more of a say and control over what services are delivered,


    » Individual assessments
    » Home-based assessments
    » Public consultations – involve elders in public consultations on health and social care issues and local health and social care forums.

    Success will be...170 caribbean elders have their individual assesments completed and implemented by the end of year two of the project.

    Aim 3

    Caribbean elders will enjoy increased independence by taking part in a range of activities.


    » Housing advice
    » Health advice
    » Cultural and social activities

    Success will be...85 Caribbean elders reporting an increased in independence and confidence by taking part in a range of activities that they would not have been able to do before.

    Aim 4

    Caribbean elders will be more aware of healthy lifestyles.


    » Health advice
    » Health promotion activities, e.g. health talks from guest speakers

    Success will be... 150 Caribbean elders more aware of healthy lifestyles through adopting at least one healthy living habit - i.e. stop smoking, lose weight, more exercise etc.

    Aim 5

    Caribbean elders will report feeling less isolated and increased wellbeing


    » • Recruiting a team of volunteers to help plan and deliver community services.
    » Social and cultural activities
    » Group sessions

    Success will be..300 Caribbean elders will report feeling less isolated and increased wellbeing by the end of the third year of the project.

  • Impact


    The implementation of an Advocacy and Outreach service well know, respected and trusted by the local community, Caribbean in particular, and the local statatury services.
    To have changed the lives of the elderly from one of isolation to one of engagement.
    The success will be demonstrated by the use of the elderly as the fantastic skills and experience resource that they are and their re-engagement with their local voluntary and stratory community with a healthier lifestyle.


    Risk would be the loss of the Project co-ordinator, premises, senior management, volunteers and funding. We have documented as much as is possible about the project so that loss of staff could be reduced as well as providing as much support to the staff and volunteers as possible.
    We continue to maintain good relations with landlord to ensure continued tenancy of premises. We continue to maintain and develop links with local volunteering and other organisation reduce risk of skills base loss.


    This will be in the form of an internal quarterly report provided to the HCEO management committee, a six monthly verbal report to the Big Lottery and a fully written yearly report to the big lottery.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £42,260

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      Amount Heading Description
      £29,730 Salaries including ENIC
      £5,150 General expenses paper, printing, telephone, broadband
      £7,380 Overheads Utilities, accommodation, Governance
  • Background


    The project is located in the London Borough of Hackney


    The elderly of Hackney, in particular the Caribbean residence who are the most vulnerable and at risk. Hackney is know to be one of the most deprived areas in the country and its caribbean elders less engaged with society, and more isolated, that most communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    HCEO has over twenty five years of service to the Hackney community. It has served the caribbean elders in particular with distinction during this period assisting many to improve their lives. The organisation is well respected by statutory and voluntary organisations within the borough and trusted by the caribbean and other communities. It is therefore well placed to undertake this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Beryl Pusey

    Project co-ordinator. Manages the whole project and volunteers.

    Victor McAllister

    Chairperson to the management committee of HCEO and line manager to the Project co-ordinator

Advocacy Project co-ordinator at her desk

Advocacy Project co-ordinator at her desk