Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Funding round:
2018 Round 1

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark

Looking After The Pennies

We are Age UK Lewisham and Southwark, a self-funding local charity that supports older people to take control of their lives and of the services that they use - and to have some fun along the way! To achieve this, we connect people aged 55+ with all kinds of services and activities, from information and advice on practical and financial issues, day-care and handyperson services, to yoga sessions, modern dance, and art and craft classes.

Thanks to your support, we can continue to help people keep Looking After The Pennies, through our project which puts isolated and disadvantaged people back in control of their finances, access to services, and ultimately their lives.

Changes like bereavement, illness, family moving away, and a fast-moving digital environment can leave older people feeling less in control - and more vulnerable to crime. We want to address this through education. The programme will provide workshops, advice sessions and mentoring, empowering people to budget, access online banking, avoid being scammed, and raise their income by claiming the right benefits. We'll also connect people to the community groups and services that suit them best - contributing to happier, safer and more independent lives.