Age UK Islington was established in 1963 to promote the well-being of local older people. In 2015, our services extended to include anyone aged over 16.
We aim to ensure that people in Islington maintain their independence and are able to enjoy freedom of choice and equal opportunities. We currently employ around 24 staff, full-time and part-time and benefit from the help of more than 150 volunteers. We assist over 2,000 people each year.
Islington is one of the top ten most deprived boroughs in the country with older people suffering the greatest deprivation. The vast majority of our older residents live alone and often do not claim benefits despite requiring them. These causes of need can be compounded by dealing with the complexities of the welfare system, struggling with housing problems, literacy issues and social isolation.
As with many inner city boroughs, Islington has large immigrant and refugee communities, many of whose older members require extra support when faced with difficulties in a country where they may never have planned to grow old. Following a period of hospitalisation or bereavement the more affluent older people in Islington may also need support coping and re-building their lives. We work to improve the quality of life of all local older people and their carers.