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Third Age Project

The Third Age Project was established in 1997 to serve the needs of 1 in 4 of the local population who are over 60. We now have over 500 members. We offer a wide range of activities, including gym sessions, singing for the brain, cinema screenings, yoga, Zumba, badminton, walks, dances, computer classes and much more. We moved into our present home at the Crypt Centre in April 1998 following extensive refurbishment made possible with funding from the government Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), Church Urban Fund and St Mary Magdalene Church. Over the last 20 years it has become an important and popular facility within the borough of Camden and widely recognised as a successful multicultural community resource centre. The Third Age Project is both a company limited by guarantee registered number 047105685 and a registered charity number 1108521. The Project was originally set up to mainly serve the immediate neighbourhood of West Euston in the London Borough of Camden but now attracts older people from across the whole borough. There are, however, certain services, principally our therapy services and our Good Neighbour Scheme support, that is only provided to the local area. Our target groups are older people, mostly over 60 who are on low income, live on their own, are socially isolated and suffer from a long term health condition or disability. The Project works closely with the West Euston Time Bank (a recently established independent sister organisation and charity) that has members of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic origins, which promotes intergenerational relationships and stronger communities through use of time credits and debits.

28 June 2017
Community organisations
Local Alliances:
Camden Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We aim to ensure that our environment and the services we provide are informed by, and sensitive to the needs of, people affected by dementia and their carers. We will be raising awareness among our volunteers, service users, members and neighbourhood partners, and reviewing our premises to achieve this.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

As ever, the extent to which – and the speed at which - we can deliver our programme is limited by the availability of volunteers, service users, members and partners; but we are confident that we will be able to make significant progress using our highly active and engaged network.

As we are fortunate to have received funding for premises refurbishment, we do not expect resources for dementia-friendly aspects to be an issue.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Friends

    Hold further Dementia Friends Information Sessions among our users, members, new volunteers and local neighbourhood partners, to increase the number of Dementia Friends within our community

  • Dementia Friends Champions

    Identify residents within the community who can act as Dementia Friends Champions and for these to complete a one day training course.

  • Dementia-Friendly Premises

    Improve the signage and other requirements within the Crypt Centre as part of making it more dementia friendly