"Old people THINK. Adults ASSUME. Kids KNOW"
Age Unlimited was founded in 2007 by Cathy Gayner and Henrietta Nettlefold. Cathy had worked for many years for a charity dedicated to the elderly and Henrietta for a youth charity. They decided to combine their expertise and areas of interest to found Age Unlimited, dedicated to providing support for the two most marginalised groups in the UK: young people growing up with no prospects, and the very elderly who have lost any hope that they will be treated with dignity during their remaining years. For Cathy and Henrietta, a major aim of Age Unlimited is not just to support these two vulnerable groups, but to encourage them to support one another, and to give each other friendship and strength.
No one involved in Age Unlimited, including the founders, takes a salary.
In the UK thousands in both these groups feel they have been given no chance to improve the quality of their lives.
With your support we can help them.
Age Unlimited aims to replace some of the funding that the over 80s have seen reduced or even suspended due to the current economic restrictions, helping to restore their peace of mind and sense of worth.
WHAT WE DO
Currently in the UK there are 800,000 young people aged between 16 and 25 who are not in education, employment or training. They often have to deal with issues that have arisen through dysfunctional starts in life, whether within the home or at school and many have to improve their own attitudes before they can begin to engage with society.
Each young person who turns their life around benefits not just themselves but also their community, family and friends and even the next generation with a more positive outlook and greater understanding.
Never before has there been such an urgency to assist the elderly; some 200,000 are below the poverty line. As people live longer, there is increasing pressure on the Government and on private institutions to help this section of society. Recent surveys show that isolation and 'fuel-poverty' affects one in three households and many, who have given so much to the country in the past, find they are offered very little help in their later years.
HOW WE FUNDRAISE
The main way in which we fundraise is by putting on interesting events that we feel will appeal to our loyal supporters. Recent events include talks by such diverse speakers as Dr David Starkey, Tracy Chevalier and Hugo Vickers. Other notable successes include an evening with comedians David Mitchell and John Lloyd, and Bernard Cornwell in conversation. We also conduct popular guided walks around London and visits, often to houses and gardens, both in London and the countryside, not normally open to the public.