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Black Lives Matter

Published on 11 June 2020 01:03 PM

As Chief Executive of Age UK Lancashire, I am proud to say that we have always been and will always be a charity for all older people regardless of ethnicity, culture, disability, faith or sexuality.

As our Charter for Later life states ‘We will be inclusive. Our focus will be on those in later life regardless of circumstances. We will be proactive in seeking out those who are marginalised, isolated and underrepresented. We will not discriminate and we will not be judgmental. We will respect and embrace the individuality of those in later life.  We will challenge negative attitudes and discriminatory views.’

We are here for everyone and stand with the community in full support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Teri Stephenson


Age UK Lancashire


Charter for Later Life

Our Charter for Later Life has been developed collaboratively between Age UK Lancashire and a broad range of individuals and partners. It is designed as an expression of our commitment to those in later life living and working in Lancashire, Blackpool and North Sefton. Age UK Lancashire, like most charities and organisations, expresses its vision and purpose through statements and strategies.

We wanted to take this further, to develop a Charter which all of our staff and volunteers can commit to as well as our partners and friends. Our Charter cuts through the politics, the funding regimes, the noise of systems and processes and makes a simple and clear set of commitments to those who will always be at the heart of everything we do, those in later life.

Our Charter is not defined by strategic direction or Government policy. These ambitions will remain constant regardless of external changes or personnel. They are the essence of who we are and
why we exist.

Some of our commitments talk of the things we already do and are designed to ensure that we keep them in clear focus. Others are commitments which will require work and energy to achieve. We hope that our partners will engage with our ambitions and ideals and join us in making these commitments too.

We hope that those in later life can clearly recognise Age UK Lancashire within these words and that they will openly challenge us where they feel we may fall short. It is only by enabling everyone to participate and contribute can we hope to reach these ideals.

Download our Charter for Later Life