New project is looking for volunteers to set up groups for older people without children
In the UK there are over one million people aged over 65 who don’t have any children to support them in their old age, over 10,000 of them live in Dorset. By 2032 there is expected to be an 80% rise in the number of single, childless older people needing support.
Finding ways to help older people ageing without support from family is the subject of a partnership between Dorset organisation PRAMA Care and ageing without children (AWOC).
Ageing Without Children works to support and campaign for older people without children through choice circumstance, infertility, bereavement, estrangement, distance or any other reason.
As part of this work, Ageing Without Children are recruiting volunteer group leaders to help set up and run local groups, with the support of a worker from PRAMA Care. Volunteers must be ageing without children themselves, but there are no other requirements.
Kirsty Woodard Chief executive of AWOC said, “local groups are a great way for people ageing without children to get together to support each other, raise the profile of the issue and to try and bring about changes that will improve their lives”.
Volunteers will need to be able to dedicate 5-6 hours a month with expenses paid and will be supported by the local development worker.