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New partnership between Age UK Bristol and Uber

Published on 28 September 2018 11:22 AM

We are very pleased to announce that Age UK Bristol and Uber will be working together for the next year to support isolated and lonely older people in Bristol. Uber will provide free Uber transportation to support our services and clients.

We know that reliable, safe and affordable transportation is an ongoing issue in Bristol, especially for older people, so we are very thankful for Uber’s support. Age UK Bristol is now looking at how providing transportation with some of our projects will enhance our work and the make a huge impact to the lives of older people.

One way we will be using the partnership is to provide transportation for day trips for our New Beginnings Day Centre in Withywood. New Beginnings provides a welcoming space for older people to socialise, allowing their carers to take some respite. The group enjoys meals together as well as activities and light exercise.

With the support of Uber, New Beginnings clients, staff, and volunteers will now be able to plan outings and day trips. This could be a trip to hear a Christmas recital or to the seaside when the weather is warmer. These kinds of trips don’t cost very much, but transportation was too much of a barrier for us to offer them to our clients.

Age UK Bristol is also looking into how Uber transportation will be able to support our other services and clients. This could be our Active Together dementia buddying scheme, where we match volunteers and older people living with dementia with whom they share an interest, or our new community work with older people across Bristol. There are lots of opportunities and we very happy to see what we can do with it!

We will be taking lots of photos during the next year and showing everyone the impact of this new partnership. Find us on Facebook and Twitter (@ageukbristol) or sign up to our newsletter to hear how things are going.

If you would like more information, please contact Jen DeKalb-Poyer at fundraising@ageukbristol.org.uk or 0117 929 7537.