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As lockdown lifts, you can help us provide support and reassurance

We have a roadmap out of restrictions, but life is still a long way from normal. Your support can help us be there for older people on the road to recovery.

It’s been an incredibly difficult 12 months. Many older people will still need our support in the months to come.

The success of the vaccine programme, and the tentative dates put forward by the Prime Minister for the easing of lockdown, have given us all hope. But the pandemic isn’t over - and life may not go back to how it was for some time yet.

In this transition period, we must continue to be there for older people. Our range of telephone-based services - including befriending calls - are a lifeline in these times. Your support makes it happen.

The difference we're making with your support

In 2020, we supported more than 380,000 Friendship Calls

In 2020, we supported more than 380,000 Friendship Calls

In 2020, we answered more than 202,472 calls to the Age UK Advice Line

In 2020, we answered more than 202,472 calls to the Age UK Advice Line

Thanks to you, we're making sure older people have access to the support they need

We're a lifeline for older people like Beryl

A year of isolation and anxiety left widowed Beryl, 81, lonelier than ever. 

"I'm very alone. It's just so sad. I often sit here and think 'God, what's going to happen to me?'"

Thanks to supporters like you, Beryl now receives regular friendship calls, giving her hope and keeping her connected. 

"Whenever I put the phone down after a call with Rebecca, I feel so much better. It goes such a long way."

Your support could help transform the life of a vulnerable older person like Beryl, showing them that - no matter what - they have someone to turn to.

"The calls are definitely a bright spark in my week. I guess it’s having another person who is interested in me. That’s wonderful."

Connie, 93

"Age UK is important. They give people a lot of information and reach out to people when they need help."

Bridgit, 84

Here are just some of the ways Age UK supports older people, thanks to kind donations

Staying safe and well through winter

We provide a range of information and advice to help older people stay healthy through the winter months - with this year especially important. Our free Winter Wrapped Up guide provides information on topics such as staying warm at home and avoiding illnesses. Meanwhile, our website covers everything from getting help with bills to avoiding slips and falls.

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Providing the latest guidance on coronavirus

We work hard to make sure older people have the latest information, advice and insight into coronavirus, and what it means for them. Right now, our webpages and blogs on the COVID-19 vaccination programme are helping older people and those that care for them understand the process of being vaccinated and how to spot false or misleading information.

£25 could pay to answer five calls to our advice line from older people needing information and reassurance to cope over the winter period

£50 could help to pay for regular befriending calls to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities

£100 could help us campaign to ensure older people's voices are at the heart of government, as society moves forward

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Thank you for helping us be there for older people

Your support can give an older person the help they so urgently need this winter.

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