Age UK Sutton scoops major grant
The Big Lottery Fund has announced that nearly half a million pounds will go to Age UK Sutton to fund their One Voice for Age engagement group.
One Voice for Age Sutton is a user involvement project with a unique feature in that it is run by older people, for older people. Members of One Voice for Age advocate on behalf of their peers to ensure that Sutton’s older population has a clear voice and means of action.
Consultations, research and campaigns carried out by One Voice for Age have brought a range of issues to the attention of policy and decision makers in the past, resulting in noteworthy service improvements. The group’s dedication and diversity, including extensive links with wider organisations, makes it a key player in the successful delivery of services to older people in Sutton.
With the grant from the Big Lottery Fund, One Voice for Age Sutton will fully realise its potential to be a hub of older people’s intelligence, expertise, learning, campaigning, involvement and peer-support. Marion Harper, CEO of Age UK Sutton remarked ‘The Big Lottery Fund has recognised Sutton has significant pockets of deprivation - areas of the borough are in the 20% most deprived wards in the country.
“On behalf of Roy (Chairman of One Voice) and all our volunteers, we are overjoyed to have scooped nearly half a million pounds to improve the lives of older people in Sutton and our thanks go to the Big Lottery Fund for their support.”
Speaking on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund Alison Rowe, said “Older people in Sutton will have a unique insight into their needs, knowing from first hand experience where improvements can be made in local services. The Big Lottery Fund is proud to support projects such as One Voice for Age, which will unite knowledge and campaigning in order to enable positive change and give older people a voice.'