Age UK Devon – Helping Older People Live Life To The Full
Age UK Devon is a local charity which has devoted 70 years to helping Devon’s older people live fulfilling lives. The charity provides a range of valued services and activities which promotes independence and wellbeing, and aims to empower and support older people.
Personal and household daily routine tasks can become challenging with age, health conditions and limited income. These issues can lead to loneliness and social isolation, severely impacting on people’s independence and quality of life. Often older people don’t know where to turn to for help.
Age UK Devon offers a free and confidential information and advice service for older people, their families and carers. Their advisers are trained to help on the following topics.
- Social care – e.g. finding a care home or getting some help at home, and how it’s funded.
- Income – including free benefits checks, help with applying for benefits and pension advice.
- The home – information on staying warm at home, home adaptations and how to prevent falls.
They offer a free and confidential Welfare Benefits entitlement check. If there are entitlements identified, they can advise on how to proceed with making applications, and can offer practical support with completion of difficult and off putting benefits forms. Forms are completed in the homes of older people by a team of trained and vetted Volunteers.
In the twelve months Age UK Devon helped older people identify and apply for over £2.3 million in unclaimed benefits! This money improves quality of life, helps to maintain independence, and supports local services.
Mrs G said,
“I requested help to fill in the Attendance Allowance form and each of my phone calls was dealt with quickly, efficiently and in a very pleasant manner. When [the volunteer] arrived she had the most lovely nature and competently tackled the numerous questions with humour and tact. The service I have received from [Age UK Devon] is faultless.”
The charity also knows how important companionship, conversation and pursuing hobbies can be so they provide enabling and home support services and a range of community activities, such as friendship and social clubs, knitting groups, luncheon clubs, digital inclusion sessions, and exercise sessions.
If you would like to know more about the work Age UK Devon, or how you can support the charity with volunteering or fundraising, please visit www.ageukdevon.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0333 241 2340.