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New Festival charity, Age UK Milton Keynes Local, independent charity, Age UK Milton Keynes is the new benefiting charity for the 2014 Dragon Boat Festival. Jane Palmer and Meg Bates Age UK Milton Keynes Age UK Milton Keynes has been working with and for older people in the local community for over 35 years making a real and positive difference to their quality of life and wellbeing. The Dragon Boat Festival will provide the charity with an opportunity to raise its profile within the corporate sector and the wider community, highlighting the value of its work that makes a difference to thousands of lives in Milton Keynes. Being the official charity will also make a significant contribution to the funds the charity needs each year to be able to continue its vital work. “Milton Keynes is often portrayed as a young city, and this is true. But we also have a significant older population and this population is growing fast. Indeed a House of Lords report published last year highlighted Milton Keynes as the place that, over the next 15 – 20 years, will have the highest percentage growth in the number of over 65s in the country: growing at twice the national average,” said Age UK Milton Keynes Chief Executive, Jane Palmer. “Milton Keynes is regarded as an affluent town and again this is true to a degree. But there are also pockets of deprivation – with a number of areas that fall into the 10% most deprived areas in the country. There are unfortunately a disproportionate number of older people who need our help,” she added. Age UK Milton Keynes will be using the money raised by the Dragon Boat teams, their supporters and spectators to support its information, advice and advocacy services. The charity needs to find £70,000 each year to maintain this service. Free, independent and confidential advice sessions are provided at eight locations across Milton Keynes. Trained advisers can help sort out benefits and money worries as well as answer questions on countless other aspects of later life. The advocacy service helps isolated and unsupported older people represent their own interests, helping to resolve financial worries, housing difficulties, consumer issues, healthcare problems and more. Last year the information and advice service found £1.5m in additional benefits for older people across Milton Keynes. “This money is used by people in later life to meet their increasing bills for utilities, food and other essentials and will help them to maintain their health and wellbeing. The support of our advisers and advocates can greatly reduce stress and worry for vulnerable older people,” said Age UK Milton Keynes Chairman Meg Bates. “It is essential that we maintain this critical service at a time when other advice services are seeing their funding cut. The Dragon Boat Festival participants and supporters will play a crucial part in ensuring that we can do this,” she added. For further information call 01908 557891 or visit www.ageukmiltonkeynes.org.uk


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