Age Concern’s success in funding awards to benefit older people

Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan has been awarded £25,000 in recognition of its outstanding contribution to improving health and social care among the over-60s in the region.

The charity beat more than 400 organisations from around the UK to become one of ten winners of this year’s GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) IMPACT Awards, run in partnership with health think-tank The King’s Fund.

Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan outshone other entrants on the strength of its positive impact on the lives of local older people, many of whom are isolated, physically frail and living in poverty.

Innovative projects include a Placement Adviser’s Scheme, where advisers work with older people who might need to move from hospital into a care home; a counselling service and a befriending scheme to reduce isolation.

Jeff Hawkins, CEO of Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, said: “This prestigious award is fantastic news for us and for Wales. I am very proud that our work is recognised as having a positive impact, locally, on the lives of many older people. This achievement acknowledges the dedication of staff, trustees and volunteers who have made this possible and will help us to do more, enable us to tell our story and raise awareness so that more people understand our organisation, support us and access our services.”

Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan is also one of four partner charities set to receive a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver Advocacy services to vulnerable older people. The Safeguarding Older People Project will be led by Age Concern Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan in collaboration with Age Concern Morgannwg, Age Concern Torfaen, and Age Concern Gwent. The award is just under £1m over 3 years. This means that the four charities will be able to employ Advocates who are supported by volunteers in their respective regions to work with older people living in sheltered housing and residential care.

Older people, struggling to get their voices heard who may be at risk of abuse and who are marginalised and isolated from the wider community, benefit from the help and support of an Advocate.

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