Hourglass is delighted to be involved with this year’s Ageing Well Festival. Although the festival is a little different due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it's wonderful to see the virtual events taking place to promote wellness in the older community.
We Are Hourglass
Hourglass is the only UK wide charity dedicated to promoting safer ageing and calling time on the abuse, harm and neglect of older people. Our confidential helpline supports vulnerable older people across the UK who are at risk of, or experiencing abuse, providing callers with advice and guidance, supporting them to make informed choices for safer ageing. As many as 1 million older people are abused every year in the UK; that’s one in six parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbours experiencing financial, physical, psychological, sexual abuse and neglect. Lockdown has only served to exacerbate this problem.
2020 has been a difficult year for us all. Yet, our older population have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Many older people have struggled with isolation and loneliness, being unable to access support and falling prey to those who seek to exploit them .
Our services have seen a surge in demand and we are adapting the way we work in order to help those most vulnerable during these difficult times. The pandemic has changed society and therefore our approach to supporting older people has changed.
We are expanding our community based support and enhancing our service delivery to ensure we focus on safer ageing for all, delivering support from prevention and early intervention through to recovery from abuse. Our services are available to older people, their friends, family members and professionals, enabling access to specific and straight forward support and advice around all aspects of abuse and neglect.
Our volunteers are at heart of our services. They currently provide vital help remotely, with regular phone catch ups, offering friendship and emotional support. They check to make sure our service users have the help they need. That could mean addressing a health or financial issue or making sure they have enough food. They help to slowly build up confidence and resilience, enabling our older beneficiaries to move forwards to regain their deserved independence. When it is possible again, our volunteers will return to meeting people directly and helping them make local connections and re-integrating back into their communities.
We would like to take this opportunity to share with you some of the wonderful people who work tirelessly to help those older people on the road to recovery.
Kelvin has been volunteering with Hourglass since July 2019 as an Outreach Support Volunteer. We asked Kelvin why he chose to get to involved with volunteering and why he loves to do so for Hourglass:
“I think I made the right decision when I joined Hourglass. Volunteers are given a sound training base to look at the challenges, trials and tribulations that some older folk face from family, friends and strangers.
Hourglass provides a service that other charities can’t in focusing on the needs of older people who have been abused and left alone with no one to support them. It feels great to be part of a team where you are given lots of support and guidance before and during the time you are engaged with a client.
I would thoroughly recommend becoming a volunteer with Hourglass. Together we can make a difference and help those in real need during this challenging time”.
Nicola is our first Sussex volunteer and joined Hourglass as an Outreach Support Volunteer, and also helping with promotion of the charity’s services. Nicola has been with us since 2017 and her volunteering experience was featured in a campaign to highlight volunteering around Brighton.
If you are interested in our work in Sussex or want to chat about local volunteering opportunities, contact Gail Shanahan on 07508 823 975 0r email her on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone you know needs advice and information about the abuse of older people please contact our freephone and confidential Helpline on 0808 808 8141 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.