In 2018-19, we supported 2,982 individual older people across Wigan Borough.
Age UK Wigan Borough is an independent charity that supports older people in the borough of Wigan.
We help older people to:
- Become involved in the local community and be valued;
- Remain safely at home for as long as possible;
- Get the services and support that they are entitled to;
- Be as independent as possible;
- Stay out of hospital and to come home from hospital safely;
- Keep active, pursue new hobbies, make new friendships and continue to learn new things in order to prevent loneliness;
- Be financially secure.
We’re proud of the fact that in 2018-19:
- 98.9% say they would recommend our services to their families and friends;
- We secured £1,778,852 in benefits for older people;
- We invested £96,770 in three wards by our Ambition in Ageing project;
- We undertook 6,570 cleans in older people's homes by our Home Help service;
- We had 4,614 attendances at Bright Days activities;
- We made 943 repairs and alterations to improve people's living conditions by our Handyperson service;
- We gave 550 people information about their options for housing and care support;
- We supported 181 people to challenge decisions through our Advocacy service.
Find out more about what people using our services said about us by reading our Annual Review.
What Older People Say
'They helped me in my hour of need! I'm very ill, had no heating at all due to breakdown of home system. Within hours two radiators were installed' Female aged 80 living in Golborne
'It's priceless to know there is someone for you when you are in troubled times and can't cope or deal with the situation.' Female aged 83 living in Lowton.
To see a DVD about the work that we do, click here.
Mr and Mrs M's Story
Mr and Mrs M are in their early 80's and live in Orrell. They were both admitted into hospital at the same time. Mrs M had a suspected stroke and urine infection and Mr M suspected cognitive impairment. We received a phone call from the OT askign for urgent help to support their return home.
The next day, our Handyperson met their daughter at their home to install a second stair rail and a step by the garage door that is suitable for their walking aids. This enabled them to come home, although Mrs M had to stay in bed initially.
Over time, Mrs M's health has improved so that, although still very frail, she is able to come downstairs and sit on the sofa during the day. The couple are visited by our Home Help service once a week to do some cleaning. They had a very tidy home which had got quite dusty and they are pleased to have it looking smart again. The service has also been able to keep an eye on the couple and ensure that they are safe.
It is important to us that we provide services to the highest quality. To view our quality policy, click here.