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Waltham Forest celebrates its older residents

A series of free Christmas celebrations for the borough’s older residents took place this week – coinciding with the launch of a charter reinforcing Waltham Forest Council’s commitment to support every resident aged 60 and over.

The Council-run Christmas events saw hundreds of older residents gather together to spread some festive cheer – and tuck into turkey dinners. The popular events provide a perfect opportunity for anyone aged 60 and over in Waltham Forest to spend time with friends and meet new people.

There were four free Christmas celebrations between Monday 1 December and Wednesday 3 December  – one at Leyton Orient Football Club, two at Walthamstow Assembly Hall and one at Chingford Assembly Hall – attracting a total of 1,070 local people. In addition to a two-course dinner followed by mince pies and chocolates, there were performances from school choirs and a live singer, and activities including bingo, a quiz and a raffle.

Seventy-year-old Victor Whittle, from Highams Park, attended his second Christmas dinner event in three years – having been before in 2012 – and said he was enjoying it just as much.

He said: “I’m pretty good at making friends and conversation – I don’t know any of the people on my table but we’ve had a laugh. I’ve kept them amused; I’ve told them all of my anecdotes – 70 years’ worth!”

The Christmas dinner at Leyton Orient on Monday 1 December featured the launch of the Council’s Older People’s Charter – a series of pledges outlining what older residents can expect from the local authority and its services.

The charter has been developed in conjunction with local older people, carers and service providers, to ensure it reflects the diverse needs of Waltham Forest’s older population.

Cllr Angie Bean, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: “We want to do as much as possible to help our older residents live happy and healthy lives and this charter clearly outlines the Council’s commitment to work with them to ensure they are supported in all aspects of their lives.

“Events like the free Christmas dinners are fantastic occasions that celebrate our older residents and acknowledge the valuable contribution they make to the Waltham Forest community.”

For more information about services for older residents, visit or phone Customer Services on 020 8496 3000. You can also talk in person by visiting a Library Plus service.

Notes to editors

Waltham Forest’s Older People’s Charter contains the following pledges: 

  • We will ensure that you are valued and respected

  • We will ensure that services support you to remain as independent as possible and keep you from harm

  • We will respect your right to autonomy and control

  • We will make available and accessible the information that you need to make the best choices for you

  • We will ensure that your views are respected and your carers’ commitments valued

  • We will provide you with opportunities to be part of the local community

  • We will ensure that services support you to feel safe

  • We will work hard to ensure that you feel secure in all areas of your life, including advising on finances, accommodation and care

  • We will ensure all care and support provided promotes health, wellbeing and a good quality of life

  • We will act in your best interests at all times

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