Taking Action to Save the Golden Years Centre

Posted: April 13, 2011 by blackdaffodil in Cutswatch, Demonstrate, Rally & Occupy!
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Known as Los Años Dorados to those of our elders for whom this day centre is a lifeline, today they turned out in force to Phoenix House in the first action to preserve it.

Day centres provide a resource for the entire community, build well being, create a place of safety and ensure that someone is watching out for each and every one of our seniors. I find it so infuriating that Golden Years is being cut, particularly as it serves a community for whom English is a second language and who are even more at risk of isolation.

But I confess I am inspired by my elders.

COLACOR did a great job in organizing the demo, and today they were joined by both Lambeth and Southwark SOS, as well as by Lambeth Pensioners Action Group (LAMPAG)

I hope I haven’t missed anyone off that list! The speeches were eloquent, but much work remains to be done to ensure that Los Años Dorados remains open. Follow COLACOR on facebook and stay tuned here for more campaign details, for more information on the centre itself and their situation, read this great article in The Prisma by Monica del Pilar Uribe Marín.

  1. Age UK Lambeth (the new name for Age Concern Lambeth) fully supports the Golden Years Centre’s fight to survive and to contiinue providing valuable support for older people in the community. We have worked with LAGY for many years providing support and assistance wherever possible. We are not a funding organisation as the article implies, Age UK Lambeth’s services for older people have also been cut by the council, and we are not able to influence the council’s decisions on funding any more than other voluntary and communty organisations in Lambeth.