Grey Pride, run by older people’s housing and care provider Anchor, aims to celebrate growing old and champion older people, giving them a voice at the highest level.
Older people are fast becoming one of the largest groups in the United Kingdom, but despite making up 40% of voters, there is no Government minister dedicated to the well-being of older people. A nationwide petition and Early Day Motion in Parliament are calling for a centralised Government portfolio that prioritises the needs of older people and ensures that their views and interests receive dedicated attention.
Bridget Phillipson said:
“Older people already make up 25 per cent of the population and life expectancy is only set to increase as people live happily into older age. I want to ensure that older people living in Houghton & Sunderland South are represented at the highest political level and enjoy dignity and respect in their later years and I have come to visit the residents of St Aldates to listen to their views and concerns.”
The petition (available at www.greypride.org.uk) is being led by Anchor, England’s largest not-for-profit provider of care and housing, representing 42,000 older people and responsible for several services on Wearside.
Grey Pride is supported by celebrities including Angela Rippon, who said: “The collective experience and wisdom of Britain’s older generation brings enormous value to our society, and it is high time that people of all ages appreciate the role over-60s can play in our workplaces, communities and families. I join Anchor in calling on our Government to create a dedicated Minister for Older People to give all people in their Golden Age a champion at the highest level.”
Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive of Anchor, added: “Within the Government’s equality agenda there is a dedicated minister for women, the disabled and children, but none for older people, who represent nearly 25% of the population. Anchor’s Grey Pride campaign will redress the balance, reclaim growing old as a positive experience and break down the barriers preventing older people leading happy, fulfilling lives.”
To sign the petition go to www.greypride.org.uk.