Local charities and groups that support older people have scooped several awards in celebration of all of the work they are doing in the local community.
Safe Ageing No Discrimination (SAND), a local group that supports older LGBT people in Shropshire, has won a national award from Age UK. SAND has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the charity’s Spirit of Age ‘Equality and Diversity’ Award. Representatives from SAND will be collecting their award at a ceremony in June.
Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin won Gold in the Community Category at the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s recent award ceremony, in recognition of our work to enhance the social wellbeing of older people in the area.
Our charity has been working tirelessly for 66 years to improve the quality of older people’s lives across the whole of Shropshire. More than 800 dedicated volunteers and a staff of 200 provide vital services to help older people combat loneliness and isolation, make informed choices and live independently. Our services include Befriending, Help at Home, Day centres, Dementia support groups, Advocacy and Benefits advice.
A Silver Award in the same category went to our Shrewsbury Walking Football Club, which meets every Thursday morning at 10.00am at Monkmoor Recreation Ground. Not only does the popular group provide its 50 members with physical exercise but also opportunities to make friends and socialise.
Age Concern Shrewsbury won an award for its community transport service. Using volunteer drivers and doing all its own fundraising, it provides essential transport for older people to attend day centres in and around Shrewsbury.
Heather Osborne, Chief Executive of Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin, said, ‘We are absolutely delighted that we, and other local partner organisations such as SAND, Age Concern Shrewsbury and the Shrewsbury Walking Footballers, have been recognised for the work that we do to support older people in the county and improve their wellbeing.
‘We all rely on the dedicated support of volunteers to run our services and so these awards recognise what a fantastic job they do to support older people in our communities.’