Why Support Us
Issues confronting older people in our city and surrounding areas are becoming more and more prevalent. The number of older people in the UK aged over 85 has increased by 30% over the last decade, and this is predicted to more than double over the next two decades. Research confirms there are nearly 1.2 million older people who do not receive the help they need with essential daily living activities. This figure is up 17.9% on 2016.
The Grateful Society has been able to make a difference on a local level. This year we have stepped up our focus towards combating loneliness and isolation. Loneliness is an increasingly wide spread problem which can result in depressive illness and the early onset of dementia. We have been addressing this by:
- Intensifying our support to community day centres which are in danger of closure. We have engaged with, and supported a further 3 centres meaning we now support 20 centres across the region. Subsequently we have improved the lives of some 550 older people, through carefully considered investment of over £80,000.
- Working with amazing local charitable organisations to facilitate and fund more interactive workshops at the residential care and community centres we support. £25,000 was strategically distributed to these causes which enabled over 120 meaningful activity workshops across 20 day centres and 5 care homes.
- Widening access to these sessions by funding community transport and outreach programmes.
- Continuing the provision of annuities and grants to older people enabling them to maintain dignity and independence while remaining able to live at home. The Grateful Society is a Bristol charity now in its 259th year and our 2017 appeal comes at a time when Social Services budget cuts are most pervasive. Whilst the economy has shown glimmers of recovery, the fact remains that it will be some time before any reversal of cuts are likely.