Independent Age (Clacks)

Charity registered in Scotland SC047184

Our mission at Independent Age is to make sure that as we grow older, we all have the opportunity to live well with dignity, choice and purpose.

Through our national and local services and our Grants Fund, we work in partnership with individuals, charitable trusts and businesses large and small, offering older people opportunities to connect with their local communities, providing free impartial advice and, crucially for the future, demonstrating a strong campaigning voice.

2021 meant more challenges for older people and our charity, from the ups and downs of a seemingly open-ended pandemic to the rising cost of living. We carried on, delivering the advice and services older people really need and, where we could, connecting people face to face again – something we know is so crucial to wellbeing.

As our transformation programme continues, those challenges have confirmed how important building a strong, sustainable charity is to those who need us. We will continue to amplify the voice of older people and raise issues with government – and with everyone, of whatever age, who wants to live in a society that values its older population fully. And we will look to focus our future work to help older people stay financially independent.

Current opportunity

Independent Age provide free information and advice for older people and their families on care and support, money and benefits and health and mobility, along with friendship services to relieve loneliness. They also use the knowledge and insight gained from all of their frontline services to challenge poor care and campaign for a fair deal for older people – a reasonable standard of living, fair access to information and an opportunity to contribute to their communities. Are you short on time but looking to make a difference? If so, then Independent Age's flexible, low commitment Information Champion role could be a great volunteering opportunity for you! All Information Champions help spread the word about Independent Age and their advice services in their local areas. This could be by distributing information guides in the local community or attending local events with resources. Independent Age provides free and impartial information to people over the age of 65 to help them get the most out of older age. Their award-winning guides cover a range of topics including money, getting help at home, staying independent and planning for the future. The guides need to get into the hands of as many people who can benefit from them as possible, and the Information Champions are essential in helping to meet that task! This role involves: • Researching places in your local community to distribute information guides. • Distributing the guides in your local community, for example in local libraries, community centres, GP surgeries or other public places. You will be supported and there is the option of attending a virtual weekly drop in session to provide ongoing support.