Age UK manager speaks at Breathe Easy group meeting
ANN Oliver, Age UK’s Community engagement manager for Lancashire was the speaker at the last meeting of West Lancashire and Southport Breathe Easy group.
Ann explained how Age UK at National Level, based in London, differs from Age UK Lancashire.
Help the Aged and Age Concern merged in 2009 to form 'Age UK', whose London base organises major campaigns - for example to encourage exercise, maintain brain health, sing for health, winter health campaigns and lottery funding.
Meanwhile, Age UK Lancashire, one of 170 local Age UK areas, is 'federal'. It operates independently of Age UK London, fund raises in its own right, although receives support from the London Office.
Age UK Lancashire gives advice and help, including applying for available benefits. UK offices, such as in Moorgate, Ormskirk, also organise activities: Line Dancing, Computer classes, Keep Fit, chair based fitness, tea dances, and painting.
There is also a Dementia Community Link Service a Foot-care Service and Home-help service. There are also Age UK offices in Cambridge Walks, Southport and the Ecumenical Centre in Skelmersdale. A great variety of free, helpful leaflets are available on many subjects and a free Age UK Life-book, a useful personal organiser, can be ordered.
Ann also explained many of the other services and help Age UK can advise on.