Age UK Portsmouth

Age UK Portsmouth

At a glance

Causes

  • Older people / later life

Other details

Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

Age UK Portsmouth was established in 1939 as Portsmouth Old People’s Welfare Association. It grew as an organisation out of the many clubs and groups organised for and run by older people throughout the City and surrounding area. Working with older people in their own communities and ensuring their voice is heard whether directly through campaigning and advocacy or indirectly through information and advice remains a core part of what we do.

Activities

Over seventy seven years since its inception Age UK Portsmouth has substantially increased the range of services offered to older people, their Carers and families. In addition to information, advocacy and advice, campaigning and consultation, we provide: • Help Around The Home service – supporting independence at home • Gardening Service – supporting private and residential care home gardens • Home from Hospital service – in partnership with the Red Cross we help to reduce emergency re-admissions • Living Well Team – supporting person-centered Personal Budgets and Direct Payments • Living Well Team – supporting the integration of care between Health and Social Care • Café offering nutritious hot breakfasts and lunches • Take-Away meal service • IT learning and support – incorporating mobile phones, iPads and Skyping • Hairdressing salon; foot care and chiropody services in our Beauty Room • Outreach, volunteers and staff providing Befriending support • Information & Advice – support with any concern ranging from pensions to housing • Advice and support with claiming statutory Benefits and applying for Blue Badges • Help with obtaining funding for emergencies and one-off items • Financial and legal support and guidance • Insurance and disability products specifically designed for older people • Social activities and environments created to encourage community participation • Pop In Centre – supporting the prevention of isolation in an area of severe deprivation • Community development and partnership working – statutory, VCS, public and private • One-to-one support enabling people to continue with their daily activities

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