No one should have no one – this is the motto of local charity Age UK Exeter, which works hard to improve later life for everyone in Exeter by providing life enhancing services and vital support. It is 30 years since Age UK Exeter (formerly Age Concern Exeter) first began to offer support and opportunities to older people and their carers in Exeter. As an independent charity with its own locally elected board of trustees, it has grown from small beginnings to become a major contributor to the health and wellbeing of the city.
Through its 260 regular volunteers and committed staff, the charity supports over 1,200 older people in the city every week. Their services combat the loneliness and isolation that diminish the lives of so many older people.
The charity offers support to people wishing to remain independent at home, provides day care for people with dementia or who are physically frail, helps older people to claim the benefits to which they are entitled, and to make informed choices about their health and social care options.
The charity’s volunteers contribute over 35,000 hours of support each year and are a major force for good in the lives of so many local older people. Over the last 6 years alone, Age UK Exeter has attracted more than £2.5m in grants, donations and legacies that have been used for the benefit of older people in the city.