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Lexus Woodford Continues to support local charity Age UK.

Did you know that Lexus Woodford are continuing to support the community by granting charity Age UK Redbridge Barking and Havering funds to develop their centre?

Lexus Woodford has been supporting local charity Age UK for a number of years now. We applied for the Toyota UK Fund for a Better Tomorrow and Lexus kindly allowed us to donate to this amazing charity.

Hazel McKenzie, Business Development & Fundraising manager explains the Arts Project further:

"The project aims to support older people to access the arts at home through on-line workshops including drawing/painting and art Newsletters. The project promotes interaction with others and helps participants experience a reduction in loneliness and isolation as they continue to shield/self-isolate during the crisis.

The project has been successful and the art classes involved a different theme each week (often chosen by participants) used as the basis to teach new art techniques and skills whilst also encouraging creativity and self-expression. We have experienced a 40% increase in requests for support since March 2020 and from early 2020many older people were informing us that continued on-line provision was needed. Between 12 and 15 older people have taken part per session and we have been lucky to have a skilled tutor who has helped each person on the project to develop their arts skills. We believe the total of those participating is at least 30% higher as carers, family and key-workers would have also taken part.


We have produced bi-weekly newsletters full of inspiration and creative ideas as well as history and culture. Newsletters has allowed the digitally excluded to gain a form of interaction with others; we know through discussions with these individuals that they have felt involved with what others have created. Newsletters during the project were added to our website to be available to a wider audience and an example of the first and sixth editions are attached. Older people taking part have in many cases been shielding so this project has been a welcome distraction to them and they would like the project to continue. As the workshops has progressed and more older people have taken part the project has raised awareness and knowledge of various community matters as experienced by the group have been discussed, as participants have interacted with each other and exchanged information. This interaction has also given participants the chance to make new friends. Some indicated that they’ve developed confidence and are looking forward to going back out in the community when they are able to do so.


We would like to continue this project as the Covid19 pandemic continues alongside regular lockdowns. We have linked up with an organisation called Sparko who provides an easy option for older people to gain on-line access through HDMI ports that connect to the television. For those who are experiencing ill-health and also without a computer or I-pad this option is ideal. The port allows connection to the outside world, e.g. to access our arts classes and other workshops/sessions, but also to link to others such as family, friends and to external assistance such as gardeners. We are therefore seeking funding for this aspect of the work.


Sincere thanks to Lexus for contributing to this project."

Did you know that Lexus Woodford are continuing to support the community by granting charity Age UK Redbridge Barking and Havering funds to develop their centre?

Lexus Woodford has been supporting local charity Age UK for a number of years now.

We applied for the Toyota UK Fund for a Better Tomorrow and Toyota & Lexus kindly allowed us to donate to this amazing charity.

Since the beginning of the Covid19 crisis Age UK has seen a 30% increase in demand for support (particularly Information and Advice assistance) from local older people at a time when 80% of our volunteers (aged 70+) have been required to stay at home.

Hazel McKenzie, Business Development & Fundraising Manager explains further:

"We have supported over 1100 local older people providing over 10000 direct contacts via telephone, social media, emails, online activities, home support visits including over 1550 welfare checks. Those we support often live with multiple long-term health conditions, e.g. dementia, high blood pressure, stroke, progressive lung diseases and diabetes and many of this group now have to shield/socially isolate due to the Coronavirus crisis. Examples of

where we have offered support is below:-

Older people with visual impairment - Almost 2 million people in the UK have significant sight loss and the vast majority of these are older people (RNIB and Age UK, 2015). The number of people aged 65+ is expected to rise by nearly 50% in the next 18-20 years to over 17 million (ONS, 2015). We have provided I&A for local older people in this group linked with appropriate support for their visual problems, helping to improve their general networks and support systems.

Pension Credit - Changes in May this year debarred a pensioner of either gender from claiming pension credit until their partner, whether male or female, also attains their own state pension age. This measure slashes the incomes of the couples affected who claim Pension Credit in the future, by up to £7,000 a year in the worst cases. We have experienced a surge in older people seeking Information and Advice in this area; our project workers played an important role in helping older people prepare for the changes and ensure they were in receipt of all entitlements they were due.

We would like to thank Lexus Woodford for the grant received which has enabled Age UK Redbridge Barking and Havering to continue its important work in this area.

Shona Hayes, Group Marketing Manager at Lexus Woodford has explained how important it is to continue to support local charities such as Age UK and are proud to be a part of the development of their centre.