What Age UK is doing:
We are campaigning to make sure the voices of older carers
are heard. We are calling for improvements to carer's allowance
and for greater support for older carers.
What you can do:
If you provide help and support for someone close to you
who has health conditions, please contact us and share your
experiences. Or call Age UK free on 0800 169 8787 Or you can
write to: Campaign Age UK: Astral House 1268 London Road London
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Independent local forums
Those of us over 55 make up a fifth of the UK population.
But do we in later life have a big enough say in the decisions
that affect our lives?
Make your voice heard by joining an independent local forum.
There are more than 620 older people's local forums in the
UK, involving more than 200,000 of us in later life.
By working together in independent forums, we are making
our voices heard on the issues that matter to us in later
life, influencing the planning and provision of services locally,
regionally and nationally.
The local forums vary in size from small groups to those
with thousands of members, but they all have a number of features
in common: they are independent organisations that give us
in later life a collective voice, influencing decision-makers
on matters that impact on our everyday lives.
The forums are democratic and inclusive; they are run independently
by older people, for older people. All members are volunteers.
In the local forums we in later life decide our own agenda,
share information and raise issues that concern us. As well
as campaigning, we often have social activities, run trips
and hold open meetings: socialising, meeting new people and
keeping in touch with local news.
Speaking Up for Our Age: Speaking Up for Our Age is
Age UK's programme dedicated to supporting the independent
local forums. The programme