Topic

elderly people

16 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Georgia Gould, Luke Joyce, Sian Berry, Anna Wright, Danny Beales, David Fowler

Save The Fresh Youth Academy/ Gospel Mission Hall Community Building

Camden Council are planning to turn a remarkable and historic community building into two houses to sell for private use. The People's Gospel Mission Hall (now part of the Fresh Youth Academy), fronts onto Winscombe Street, London N19 and dates from 1892. Forty years ago a benefactor donated the property to Camden Council in order to preserve and continue its use as a community hall for the people. The hall, originally built to serve religious congregations and meetings of the Holloway Temperance Society, saw use during the First World War as a mother and baby hospital. For over one hundred years this unassuming building has been a treasure to the community, an ideal venue for a huge variety of vital activities involving people of all ages. A book of local history written in the late1980s describes it thus:" Over one hundred people attended the Sunday morning service here in Edwardian times; older locals still fondly remember the magic-lantern shows they enjoyed as children. Still known in the 1970s as the Winscombe Mission, the building was later ... taken over as part of the Highgate Newtown Youth Club." The medium sized hall has a marvellous stage with exceptional acoustics, which are perfect for drama and musical performances as well as workshops, lectures and recitals. It is the only theatre space for many miles around. The hall boasts a large state of the art projector and screen for screening films, just like the 'magic lantern shows' it put on in the Edwardian days. The building also provides an ideal space for: fitness classes – currently enjoyed by by all ages from teenagers to the over 80s; study and training groups; community celebrations; youth education and other social activities reaching those who would otherwise feel isolated, forgotten or lonely. The building was completely refurbished recently (2014-15) to an excellent design and at considerable expense to Camden taxpayers. It is in very fine condition. Turning it into two houses would serve just a few private interests whereas as the Gospel Hall/Fresh Youth Academy offers unique facilities for thousands. We consider it an act of senseless and unforgivable vandalism to destroy it, as well as a deplorable waste of taxpayers' money. We urge Camden Council to save the building for the community use it was first built for, and has been continuously used for, for over 100 years! Please help us save this irreplaceable piece of our heritage. Thank you xx

Tamar Swade
230 supporters
Started 8 months ago

Petition to Brook Lane Doctors Surgery, Civil Enforcement Ltd, Suella Fernandes

Stop Brook Lane Surgery parking fines

Brook Lane Doctors Surgery in Locks Heath have enforced new parking regulations based on an ANPR system, requiring patients to input their reg numbers into tiny tablets in the surgery to avoid a hefty fine.  This system causes a great deal of unrest and fear and doesn't take into account, in the slightest, the fact that their significant, if not, majority patient base of elderly people are not au fait with technology and will struggle to deal with this, and potentially also forget to do it in the midst of the stress that a trip to the doctors can bring (applicable to all patients - especially in emergencies).  The company sends out letters to those unfortunate enough to forget the tiny tablets, or miss the signage (which has increased significantly, likely due to a huge number of people being fined), with an initial fee of £60 which then increases to £100 if not paid within a short period. I personally know of people who conveniently never received the initial letter and then received the urgent £100 letter, covered in red text, with no information of where the alleged fee was incurred, resulting in significant anxiety. For the elderly who may not be able to access the website and may also be hard of hearing, so find access to the telephone difficult, they are left with a exorbitant bill with no information, threats on their credit rating and as a result, a crippling level of fear and panic.  This new parking management system is supposedly due to people using the car park for the neighbouring Royal Mail office, and if parking control is indeed required, maybe a method could be considered that it is not so punitive and disregarding of their mainly ill and elderly patient base who are often not comfortable with technology and in the stress of medical difficulty, not always considering that parking may be an issue. If it is essential, which seems unfortunate, a ticket system is probably better so it's not so easy to forget/be unable to configure like this current ANPR system. 

Holly Gillett
248 supporters