Age UK is the country's largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. The over-60s is the fastest-growing group in society and there are more of us than ever before. Ageing is not an illness, but it can be challenging. At Age UK we provide services and support at a national and local level to inspire, enable and support older people. We stand up and speak for all those who have reached later life, and also protect the long-term interests of future generations. Our vision is a world where everyone can love later life. Our vision is ambitious. It won’t be easy to get there, and it won’t be a quick journey, but we believe it’s how things should be for older people and we work every day to achieve this. The Age UK network comprises around 170 local Age UKs reaching most of England.
Cancer Research UK began operating on 4 February 2002 as the result of the merger of Cancer Research Campaign and The Imperial Cancer Research Fund. The new vision 'Together We Will Beat Cancer' was launched in 2006. Its purpose and statements spell out how they are working to achieve this: they carry out world-class research to improve our understanding of cancer and find out how to prevent, diagnose and treat different kinds of cancer; they ensure that our findings are used to improve the lives of all cancer patients; they help people to understand cancer, the progress we are making and the choices each person can make; they work in partnership with others to achieve the greatest impact in the global fight against cancer
Citizens Advice Lancashire West offers free, confidential, impartial and independent advice and information. We cover the areas of Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre. We have Advice Centres covering these areas in Chorley, Leyland, Fleetwood and Skelmersdale along with our telephone advice and email advice services.
We are the only free, confidential, specialist information and advice service for disabled people and carers in West Lancashire. The service, which is a registered charity, exists to meet the information needs of disabled people and their carers through the provision of a direct, accessible service to the public. We are staffed by volunteers; drop-in facilities, appointments and home visits to the housebound are available when necessary.
Many people with additional needs don’t take part in any exercise activity because the family carers who support them are not motivated or are unable to do so because of their age and they find it a struggle to go by themselves. Our group is called Sporting Challenge and was set up by a group of concerned parents of adults with additional needs and its aims are to give people with additional needs the opportunity to participate in different sporting activities and encourage them to improve their health and well-being. We arrange for sessional workers to help them with the activities.
In 2000, a group of parents felt frustrated by the lack of services available for their children with special needs. With support from their local CVS, they carried out a consultation exercise that identified that the needs were far greater than expected. To this end the group set about securing funding and premises to help fulfill their unmet need. The needs identified included early critical information about helping themselves and their children, with a fully accessible service without long referral systems, practical hands on support for their children to gain life and social skills, and to help improve their self-esteem and confidence, increase independence and attainment at school, and above all, to enhance their quality of life and that of their families and carers. Our service has operated since May 2004 and developements have been made by service users telling us what they need. Parents tell us that there is very little or no ‘practical’ help available to them; they feel that they suffer at the hands of their child/young person’s Disability or difficulty. Our aim is to help improve outcomes for these special children and young people and in turn make life better for their parents and carers.