Older People's Reference Group

Urmila Tanna

What were your involvements before NDA?

I am involved in activities within the Asian community in the Harrow area of London and in Hertfordshire where I live. I participated in View Point's Pilot Scheme to help people with mental health problems.

I joined the Dosti Old People’s Club in 1997, a few months after redundancy due to ill health (depression). I helped other members in getting central government funding and introduced Carers’ Week Activities in the Club. I also joined the Millennium Award scheme and worked with Help The Aged.

I help get the Hindu community’s voice heard in government. I supported Help The Aged visiting places of worship of various faiths. I go round old people’s nursing homes in a group, singing and doing various other activities and also took part in visiting an infant school for a pilot scheme to build Tolerant Future Generations.

I was part of an NHS Patient and Public Involvement in Health from May 2003 till March 2008, and took part in an Expert Patient Programme. I helped set up LINKS for smoother daily running of the NHS and may help them with the on-going feedback for Audit purposes.

Why did you join the OPRG?

I liked the idea of helping policy makers, and I saw a need to represent our community.

What has been the most rewarding part of being a member of the OPRG?

Meeting up with people from the other communities and understanding their needs, attending workshops and seminars, and talking with researchers.

What would you like to see the NDA achieve?

High quality feedback from the older generation. We should become role models to help others.

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