Older people’s charity, Anchor, has today embarked on a landmark research project into the quality of life of thousands of older people across the country….and YOU can take part!
The research will aim to investigate standards of basic service provision from town to town, and will result in a ‘Grey Britain’ report offering insight into the impact of day-to-day services on older people, from transport to healthcare and the high street.
The ‘Grey Britain’ project follows recent research that found four in ten older people have been made to feel like ‘second-class citizens’ and one in three claim they have felt vulnerable after being treated negatively as a result of their age.
The report will address organisations which are failing to meet the needs of those aged over 65, shining light on issues connected to services that wider society may take for granted. The findings will recognise the service provisions that deserve praise as well as those that need changing to better cater for the town’s older people.
Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive of Anchor, said:
“We all have ideas that could improve the services in our home towns, whether parking restrictions, healthcare waiting times or bus timetables. This survey is not just about finding fault, it is about celebrating the services and companies who do their upmost to improve older people’s lives every day. Now we have the opportunity to make a positive difference to how older people are treated in their home towns, to make their voices heard, and encourage change where needed.”
Anchor are keen for all the Grey Pride community site members over 65 to take part and have their say. In you are interested in taking part you please go along to your local Anchor location to share your thoughts.
Locations can be found and appointments made by calling 0845 140 2020, or visiting www.anchor.org.uk.
There are over 1,000 locations across the country so there should be one near you. In addition to taking the survey it would be great if, as a community, we could discuss how ‘grey friendly’ we feel the services provided in our towns are here on our site.
Real life examples of frustrations as well as good practice will really bring the report to life!
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