We are committed to supporting older people

Through our Later Life Inclusion grants, we are supporting charities that help people to overcome barriers to actively participate in society in their later years.

These grants help people who face social isolation or loneliness due to reasons such as financial hardship, care responsibilities, a decline in physical or mental health, or life transitions including retirement or bereavement. Our support helps to provide a range of services to support the physical and emotional needs of people as they age, including community-based programmes and access to healthcare, transport and technology.

Loneliness in later life infographic

Age UK partnership

In 2018 we launched  a £1 million, three-year partnership with Age UK to fund a new project called Later Life Goals

Through Later Life Goals, Age UK offers tailored support to older people going through major life transitions such as bereavement, a partner going into care, retirement, financial hardship, reduced mobility or a serious health diagnosis. The project focuses on the wider goals that each person hopes to achieve rather than solely on their immediate problems, including loneliness.

Through face-to-face sessions, often in the person’s home, Age UK’s advisers  help older people to identify their goals for later life such as ‘to have more money’ or ‘to get out more’. Once goals have been set, the adviser helps the person to identify the skills, support and social networks they will need to achieve those goals.

Since launching, Later Life Goals has supported over 3,200 older people going through a life event, with 81% of those receiving a home visit. Through this project, Age UK advisers have identified over £5.7 million in unclaimed benefits, reductions and payments. This has averaged at an extra £4,000 per beneficiary supported.

Supporting lonely older people like Bill

This grant is allowing the Later Life Goals project to roll out in 13 areas across England and Wales, benefiting 10,000 older people

So far, 2,378 older people have been supported and £4.1 million of unclaimed benefits identified.

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Further information

For further information about our Charity Grants programmes or to discuss an application, please call 020 3146 3337 or email charitygrants@mcf.org.uk