Connect Hackney 

Connect Hackney is a project led by older people, for older people.

It can be harder to keep up a social life as you get older – retirement, bereavement, loss of close friends, and family moving away can all make it harder to make sure you have someone to talk to and enjoy things with.

Our projects and activities are a chance for Hackney over 50s to meet people, socialise and have fun. We’re ageing better together!

We have won a five-year funding package of £5.8m from the Big Lottery Fund's Ageing Better programme, which aims to prevent and reduce social isolation among older people.

Hundreds of Hackney's older residents voted on which projects to fund with the first tranche of Big Lottery Fund money.

Now our projects are up and running, offering older people a chance to meet new people, socialise, have a chat and try out everything from "mindfulness" meditation and massage to hen-keeping or digital media training.

Connect Hackney will campaign against ageism, ensuring older people's voices are heard and respected. We are also planning to launch a "kitemark" to reward local venues and services that actively make older people welcome.  

MRS Independent Living is working in partnership with other local charities Talking Matters and Hoxton Health to deliver two projects through the Connect Hackney programme - Eastern Stars and Mindfulness for Health

For more information on The Eastern Stars or Mindfulness for Health projects please contact:

Anstey Bligh on 0330 380 1013.

or email

For more information on Connect Hackey visit or please contact: 

Rachel Baxter on 020 7923 1962

or email