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Older people in London
There are around 1.9 million older people in London and by 2020 it is predicted that over 50% of the UK population will be over 50. We consult with and engage with older Londoners in every aspect of our work to ensure that their voices are heard.
Local Age UKs and Age Concerns
There is a local Age UK or Age Concern working in every borough in London, providing services ranging from information and advice, healthy living services, financial brokerage and much more. To find out about the services offered in your local area please contact your local Age UK directly using our directory of services below.
Age Concern England and Help the Aged are now Age UK, the largest charity working for older people in the UK. We work with Age UK to support national campaigns on a London regional level and to share regional knowledge and expertise. You can find out more about the national charity and what they do on the Age UK website.
Older People’s Forums
Older People’s Forums are local groups comprised of individuals and organisations working with and for older people in London. There is a Forum in every London borough and the aim of the forums is to support, guide and empower older Londoners to participate in their local decision making process.
Local forums act as part of local strategic frameworks to represent the needs of older Londoners and are supported in doing this by the Greater London Forum for Older People, a pan-London umbrella organisation.
In 2011, Age UK London's Liaison Committee was successfully relaunched as the stakeholder forum Positive Ageing in London (PAIL). PAIL brings together London-wide and local organisations from both the voluntary and statutory sectors to consider age issues in London and agree common solutions. Recognised as the network of regional forums on ageing in different parts of England, PAIL provides valuable input into the Mayor's and UK Advisory Forums on Ageing. More information
London’s older people are very diverse in their cultures, faiths and lifestyles. The Greater London Authority expects that the number of London pensioners who are from black and minority ethnic (BME communities will rise to 21% by 2016 and 25% by 2021. Age UK London works with local community groups who represent different race and faith groups in London to support their work and involve them in our campaigning and influencing activity.
Opening Doors London
Opening Doors London is a Big Lottery-funded partnership project involving Age UK Camden as lead agency with Age UKs in Hackney, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Opening Doors London aims to specifically meet the needs of older lesbian, gGay, bisexual and transgender (OLGBT) communities and is aimed at men and women who identify as LGBT and are over the age of 50.
The Mayor’s office and London Councils
Age UK London works with the regional and local governing bodies in London to ensure that older people’s voices are heard and the issues which are important to them are included in the wider debate. We represent the voices of Age UKs and Age Concerns and older Londoners on a regional level. London Councils is also a key funder of Age UK London’s work.
London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)
LVSC represents, champions and enhances London's diverse voluntary and community sector.
The Big Opportunity
The Big Opportunity helps the London voluntary and community sector make the most of the opportunities provided by the London 2012 Games and gives them a voice in shaping a sustainable legacy.
Other organisations we work with include:
Counsel and Care
The Metropoltan Police
In addition, Age UK London’s Positive Ageing in London group represents a wide range of stakeholders across London.