Too many older people feel they have no one to turn to for support. Age UK exist to help older people when they need us most. We speak out on the issues that matter the most to people as they get older because everyone deserves dignity, care and respect as we age, and we should all be listened to.
We are a friendly voice on the end of the phone helping older people navigate the complexities of later life. We support work in local communities that can be a lifeline, like dance classes, being guided through a benefit application or a handy person helping to make a home safer and warmer. And we work to help older people in some of the world's poorest places, where people are suffering as they age because of poverty, ageism and a lack of support.
We are the UK's leading dementia support and research charity, here for anyone affected by any form of dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We provide information and practical and emotional support to help people live well with dementia, and we invest in world-class research with the ultimate goal of defeating it.
We also campaign to improve public understanding of dementia and the devastating impact it can have, and make sure it's taken seriously and acted on by our governments.
There are over 10 million people living with Arthritis. That’s one in six, with over half of those living in pain every single day. The impact is huge as the condition slowly intrudes on everyday life - affecting the ability to work, care for a family, to move free from pain and live independently. Yet arthritis is often dismissed as an inevitable part of aging or shrugged off as “just a bit of arthritis”. We don’t think that this is OK. Building on the expertise and legacies of both Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care, Versus Arthritis is here to change that.
Every 10 seconds someone in the UK has a potentially life-threatening asthma attack and three people die every day. Tragically many of these deaths could be prevented, whilst others still suffer with asthma so severe current treatments don’t work. This has to change.
That’s why Asthma UK exists. We work to stop asthma attacks and, ultimately, cure asthma by funding world leading research, campaigning for change and supporting people with asthma to reduce their risk of a potentially life threatening asthma attack. As a patient organisation this ensures we are committed to making changes that see real impact for people with asthma.
Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have united to create one charity. From research to care, we have people affected by the breast cancer at our heart – providing support for today and hope for the future. United, we can carry out even more world-class research, provide even more life-changing support and campaign even more effectively for better services and care.
The British Heart Foundation’s vision is to live a world in which people do not die prematurely or suffer from cardiovascular disease. Every day our researchers are engaged in vital research to improve our knowledge about the causes of heart disease, and how it can be prevented and treated.
We are working to ensure that everyone living with cardiovascular disease has access to high quality, integrated health and social care services. We also recognise that in many cases Cardiovascular Disease is preventable, and so work to develop and support policies that can help people to make positive choices and stay healthy.
One person in five in the UK is affected by lung disease. We are the UK’s lung charity and we’re here for every one of them. We offer hope and support at every step so that no one has to face lung disease alone. We fund vital research to improve the lives of people with lung disease and campaign for positive change in the nation’s lung health. We are the British Lung Foundation. Leading the fight against lung disease.
The British Red Cross is a volunteer-led humanitarian organisation that helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are, in the UK and around the world.
We have a humanitarian vision that everyone should get the support they need to live independently at home.
We have operated in the space between hospital and home since the NHS was established and the National Assistance Act enacted.
We continue to meet the needs of people who would otherwise fall through the gap between hospital and home. We will do so for as long as the humanitarian need persists, but we advocate for policy and practice changes that close the gap and eradicate the need.
Diabetes UK is leading the fight against the most devastating and fastest growing health crisis of our time, to create a world where diabetes can do no harm. Diabetes affects more people than any other serious health condition in the UK. More than dementia and cancer combined. That means we need to take action now. It’s a fight that involves all of us – sharing knowledge and taking diabetes on together. Until we achieve our vision. Join us.
We’re here to help everyone with cancer live life as fully as they can, providing physical, financial and emotional support. So whatever cancer throws your way, we’re right there with you.
We’re here for everyone living with and or affected by MS (multiple sclerosis), providing help, support and the latest information through a UK-wide community network. We campaign passionately with people living with MS for better treatment and support, and we raise money for crucial research to find treatments for everyone with MS. Our vision is a world free from the effects of MS and a future where no one needs to worry about MS getting worse.
We’re Rethink Mental Illness, a leading charity provider of mental health services in England. We support tens of thousands of people through our groups, services and advice and information. And we train employees, employers and members of the public on how best to support someone affected by mental illness. All of this work guides our campaigning for the rights of people with mental illness and their carers.
Working alongside the people we support, we are saving lives.
Royal Voluntary Service is one of Britain’s largest volunteering charities with over 20,000 volunteers supporting thousands of people each month in hospitals, at home and in the community. The focus is on building confidence, improving well-being and keeping loneliness at bay through an array of social activities and more structured support. The charity is also one of the largest retailers in the NHS, with its network of cafes and shops providing a valued haven in hospitals.
Stroke Association is the leading charity in the UK changing the world for people affected by stroke. Our vision is for a world where there are fewer strokes and all those touched by stroke get the help they need. We aim to prevent strokes and achieve life after stroke through providing services, campaigning, education and research.
We work with people who share our commitment to changing the world for people affected by stroke - with stroke survivors and their families; with decision makers; with researchers and medics; as well as with our supporters - so that we can ensure stroke gets the attention it deserves.