By playing the Age UK Weekly Lottery, you help us to be there for thousands of older people in later life. Thanks to your fantastic support, since 2005 Age UK Lottery has helped to raise over £51m*. This money has funded a variety of life-altering services for older people. From free transport for people who feel isolated in later life to our incredibly popular daily lunch clubs and befriending services, your contribution allows Age UK to support older people throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Over half of each £1 spent on the Age UK Lottery goes directly to charity and is split between a number of different specific areas of Age UK. These include providing information and advice to those in need, supporting local programmes and funding education and research. You can find out more about each of these vital areas below.
You’ll help to fund our national advice line - a free, confidential national phone service for older people, their families, friends, carers and professionals. Our practical, expert information guides and factsheets are also funded through the charity lottery. These short and easy to digest guides give an overview of a specific topic, from money and legal guidelines and home care tips to travel and lifestyle guides and health and wellbeing advice. Finally, Age UK Lottery contributions help to fund local advice drop-in sessions provided by Age UK partners - a social lifeline in many local areas. In 2017-18 alone, Age UK reached nearly 7.5m people thanks to these essential information and advice services.
You’ll help our network of over 140 local Age UK charities deliver high-quality services and social activities to their local communities. Aside from popular daily lunch clubs, coffee mornings, bridge clubs and local quizzes, Age UK also strives to help older people become active by learning new skills and practical talents through computer and internet classes and interactive workshops.
Education and research is an important part of Age UK’s work because it has the power to transform older people’s lives for the better. However, the education and research process can be expensive. By playing the Age UK Weekly Lottery, you’ll help us fund our key research which aims to actively seek the views of older people and their carers, helping us to learn more about their specific needs and the problems they face. Age UK can then draw on these findings to raise awareness amongst decision makers, develop public policy proposals and shape policy agendas on a wide range of subjects.
Your entry can make a big difference to those in later life.
Thank you so much for your support.
*Source: Age UK January 2005 – November 2019