Age UK Oxfordshire, Independent Age, Manchester City Council, Royal Voluntary Service and Sense are management group partners of the Campaign to End Loneliness, providing governance and strategic direction for the Campaign.
Age UK Oxfordshire is an independent local charity with over 40 years of experience in promoting the well-being of older people throughout the county of Oxfordshire, and helping to make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
Independent Age is a growing charity empowering thousands of older people across the UK and Ireland to live more fulfilling lives. Founded 150 years ago, the charity is committed to making a positive impact through the ‘ABC’ of advice, befriending and campaigning.
Royal Voluntary Service (formerly WRVS) helps over 100,000 older people each month to stay independent in their own home for longer. Through its army of 40,000 volunteers, the charity supports older people in their home, community, and in hospital by giving time and practical help to enable them to get the best from life.
Sense is a national charity that has supported and campaigned for children and adults who are deafblind for over 50 years. There are currently 356 000 deafblind people in the UK and this number is set to increase by 60% to 570 000 people in 2030 with the over 70s most affected (74% of deafblind people in 2030).
Manchester City Council Public Health Manchester, now part of Manchester City Council, has been running the Valuing Older People programme for 10 years. In 2004 they launched a Quality of Life Strategy for older people in the city and in 2010, following a review of the first 5 years of the programme, they launched an ambitious ten-year strategy called ‘Manchester – A Great Place to Grow Older’, co-developed with older residents. In 2010, Manchester became the first UK city to join the World Health Organisation’s network of Age Friendly Cities and are just applying for entry into Phase 2 of the WHO programme.