Age UK Knaresborough and District

Age UK is an organisation whose aim is to improve the later life of all people through the use of advice, campaigning, research, products and training.

Age UK was formerly known as Age Concern, an organisation that has been in existence since the 1970s after it became fully independent of government. Throughout its history Age UK/ Age Concern has often worked in conjunction with Help the Aged in campaigning against areas such as elder abuse and in 1983 they joined along with other organisations to form the international charity HelpAge.

Age UK receive Government and National lottery funding alongside the money they raise via donations from individuals, companies and charitable trusts.  Age UK then grants this money out (several million  pounds per year) to other charities that are working to provide care for and  improve the lives of the elderly.

AgeUK main method of operation other than grants is by doing research into what problems the elderly can face, running campaigns to improve services and by giving out information to those who are unsure or not utilising their rights fully. Age UK achieve this by engaging with a diverse range of people in later life to identify problems and deliver trusted information to millions of people.

Locally Age UK aim to provide information, advocacy and advice services, promote and provide services to tackle problems such as isolation and healthy ageing, support the elderly so that when possible they can remain independent in their own homes and by training people in later life to make the best out of modern
technology.

For more information visit their website at

www.ageuk.org.uk/knaresborough

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