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Part of Age UK Blackburn with Darwen’s mission is to support local older people to have their views heard and needs taken into account. We do this through a range of campaigning and influencing activities.

We spend much time working with other local organisations aiming to improve service provision and influencing decision making and service planning.

Recent examples of Age UK campaigns include:

  • Campaigning for improvements to the care system
  • Campaigning against malnutrition in older people
  • Campaigning to raise awareness of pensioner poverty

Age UK campaigns website

Influencing local policy

As well as campaigning on specific issues we also spend much of our time influencing local policy, practice, service planning, commissioning and delivery.

We are members of a wide range of partnerships, forums and networks, including the Health & Wellbeing Board, Community Network and Adult Safeguarding Board, where we aim to ensure older people's needs and views are always taken into account.

We have had a significant role in developing recent Integrated Strategic Needs Assessments, including on isolation and loneliness and falls, which is a key process for influencing service planning and commissioning.

Get involved!

We are always keen to know what issues are important to local people. Email us or contact us using the details below to tell us what issues are important to you.

Support in the community

Age Well Partnership

We co-ordinate the local Age Well Partnership,the local strategic group responsible for ensuring that older people's needs and views are represented at the highest local level.

The partnership is responsible for implementing the Blackburn with Darwen Older People's Strategy and Action Plan and the 'Age Well' section of the Health & Wellbeing Strategy - key planning documents.

A panel of 500 local older people act as a reference group for the partnership, to ensure the partnership truly represents the views and needs of local older people.

Blackburn with Darwen Health & Wellbeing Board

Join the Older People's Forum

We work closely with the Blackburn with Darwen Older People's Forum (OPF). The forum has a membership of over 2000 members and campaigns to improve services for older people.

If you’re over 50 and live in Blackburn with Darwen, then join to have your voice heard.

Blackburn with Darwen OPF