On th 30th September, the Age Action Alliance was launched. County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service are a partner in the Age Action Alliance.
We are joining dozens of organisations from across the voluntary, private and public sectors who are coming together to address the challenges of our ageing society. As the first national initiative of its kind, the Alliance aims to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged older people, prevent deprivation in later life and challenge age discrimination.
Dozens of organisations from across the voluntary, private and public sectors who are coming together to celebrate the lives of older people and address the challenges of our ageing society.
The Age Action Alliance, launched to coincide with Older People’s Day celebrations, will work together to improve the lives of older people and help transform communities into better places to grow older.
As the first national initiative of its kind, the Alliance aims to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged older people, prevent deprivation in later life and challenge age discrimination.
It will build on successful projects developed by the voluntary and private sectors and Government programmes and will champion innovative ways of working to deliver practical solutions.
Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the launch of the Age Action Alliance:
"People are now living longer, more active lives and we must do more to reach out to older generations, not only to help the most vulnerable but also to better understand their needs and recognise the important role they play in society.
"So many older people take an active role in their local community that puts many of us to shame. I want to encourage others to follow in their footsteps, through volunteering and being part of the Big Society so we can all benefit from their experience, knowledge and enthusiasm.
"The launch of the Age Action Alliance will unite those working in this sector in celebration of the role of older people in this country and ensure their voice is heard at the very heart of Government."
The Alliance aims to improve older people's lives by ensuring:
- Are visible, valued and heard.
- Can make informed choices about health and wellbeing.
- Live in safe, warm homes.
- Have a strong network of friends, family or support in our communities.
- Are able to access information and services they need – including those on the internet.
- Live in places where their needs are met.
Read our Age Action Alliance declaration [pdf]
For more information visit the Age Action Alliance website.
Age Action Alliance Question and Answer document [pdf]
Age Action Alliance Newsletter 'Connections' [pdf]
Under the Warm Home Discount Scheme, a £120.00 rebate is available on electricity bills for the next three winters for those who qualify under the scheme. For more informaiton on this scheme and the other support that is available for fuel bills go to: