Age UK's vision is for a world where everyone can love later life. We are passionate that everyone should have the opportunity to be able to make the most of later life, whatever their circumstances, wants and needs.
Age UK provides a wide range of services, information and advice for older people and their families, and support for a network of almost 170 local Age UKs. We seek to influence decision makers by conducting social and economic analysis, developing public policy proposals and shaping policy agendas in a wide range of areas. This includes care and support, communities and inclusion, finances, and health and wellbeing.
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.
Versus Arthritis is the charity dedicated to stopping the devastating impact that arthritis has on people’s lives. Our long term commitment is prevention, developing a cure, and transforming the lives of those with arthritis. We fund research into new treatments to end the pain of arthritis, and provide information on living well with arthritis. We can’t achieve all this alone. We partner with organisations and policy makers to champion the rights of people with arthritis and we can only fund our vital work with the support of the public and generosity of our donors.
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.
We’re Breast Cancer Now, the UK’s largest breast cancer charity – and we’re dedicated to funding research into this devastating disease. We believe that if we all act now, by 2050, no one will die from breast cancer. But we’ll only reach that point by working in a new, collaborative way. We’re bringing together all those affected by the disease to improve the way we prevent, detect, treat and stop the disease. So we can move from a time when people fear breast cancer to a generation where everybody lives.
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.
The number of people with all types of diabetes in the UK has doubled since the mid 1990s and is set to reach five million by 2025.
Diabetes UK is the leading charity that cares for, connects with and campaigns on behalf of every person affected by or at risk of diabetes. We provide information, help and peer support, so people with diabetes can manage their condition effectively. We are the UK’s largest charitable funder of diabetes research.
There are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis, whilst around 1.1 million people aged 15 and over are carers of someone with cancer. We are working hard to support the growing number of people affected by cancer, in partnership with the NHS, local government and many other organisations.
As well as developing essential frontline services, we help drive forward innovation and improvements in cancer care systems and policy across the UK. In doing this, we aim to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.
The MS Society is the UK’s leading MS charity. The Society has been funding research, giving grants, campaigning for change, providing information and support, investing in MS specialists and lending a listening ear to those who need it since 1953. It is a democratic organisation, with every one of the 35,000 plus members having an equal say in what the Society does through the annual AGM.
Rethink Mental Illness is a charity that believes a better life is possible for people affected by mental illness. Since 1972 we have brought people together to support each other. We run services and support groups that change people’s lives and challenge attitudes about mental illness. We support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, live independently and realise they are not alone. We give information and advice to 500,000 more, and change policy for millions.
Since 1938, Royal Voluntary Service has inspired and enabled the gift of voluntary service to meet the needs of the day. Today the charity sees a social need to ensure older people live a fulfilled life and works with its 35,000 volunteers to help over 100,000 older people each month stay active and independent.
The charity supports 9,000 befriending visits, runs over 200 community centres and lunch clubs, delivers over 500,000 meals on wheels and provides 60,000 community lifts. It also operates over 500 hospital shops and cafes and on ward trolley services.
All to achieve its goal of enriching the lives of 2 million older people by 2023.
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.