As Age UK kicks off our “We Can’t Wait For Care” campaign, we’d be really grateful for your support in spreading the word. Find out all about the campaign, including how you can get involved.
Age UK is launching our new social care campaign “We Can’t Wait For Care” and we hope you can join us! Please read on for more details of the campaign from Age UK’s Campaigns Team, including some ways your organisation can help to spread the word and some of the next steps.
2.6 million people over the age of 50 in England are unable to get the social care they need, with half a million people stuck on waiting lists. We have written an open letter to the Chancellor, asking him to use the Spring Budget on Wednesday 15 March to tackle care assessment backlogs, reduce waiting lists, and ensure all older people can get the care and support they need.
In the coming weeks, we will provide a local media pack for the campaign, to support you in securing local newspaper, radio, and television coverage of the current pressures on social care and the impact on older people.
There are lots of ways to get involved in the meantime though, please read on for full details.
If you have any queries, please contact email@example.com. Thank you, as always, for your support.
How to get involved
We’re asking our supporters to add their signatures to the letter and we’d be very grateful for your help to share it as widely as possible.
Here are a few ways you can get involved:
If you have 5 minutes…
Share the letter online
You can share tweets from the Age UK and Age UK Campaigns Twitter accounts to share the letter with your followers.
Alternatively, you can use the following social media templates to create your own message:
2.6 million older people in England are unable to get care.
Sign our letter to the Chancellor today telling him that they #CantWaitForCare any longer: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/117503/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK
Half a million older people are stuck waiting for care.
Millions of unpaid carers are doing their best to keep their loved ones safe and well at home.
They #CantWaitForCare any longer. Ask the Chancellor @Jeremy_Hunt to act now: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/117503/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK
2.6 million older people in England can’t get the social care they need, while half a million older people are stuck on waiting lists. In the meantime, they’re struggling to go to the toilet, eat or wash because they can’t do these things unaided. The Chancellor must use the Spring Budget to ensure all older people can get the support they need. Sign our letter today: https://campaigns.ageuk.org.uk/page/117503/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=LAUK
If you have 10 minutes…
Send a letter
We are collecting letters from everyone affected by the current crisis in social care. Whether they can’t get the care they need, know a loved one who is waiting for care, or are an unpaid carer themselves, we want to let the Chancellor know how the pressures in social care are affecting their lives and the lives of their loved ones.
Can you ask your colleagues and service users if they can send letters for the Chancellor to us? We would love to receive letters from the people you help in your communities, by 20th February, or you can share the following details so they can send a letter themselves:
To send a letter by post, free of charge with no stamp required, letters can be addressed to:
Age UK Campaigns
Alternatively, letters can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have longer…
Write to your MP
Ask your MP to write to the Chancellor, on your behalf, asking him to help older people get the care they need. This is a great way to make sure the Chancellor takes notice.
We can also provide support should you arrange a meeting with your MP on this subject.
Get in touch with email@example.com if you’d like help writing a letter. MPs will be especially interested to hear about the challenges with social care in your local area, so you could include insight from your I&A teams on your local social care provision.
We are always looking for older people willing to share their experiences of social care, to work with us in our national campaigning and media work. This is incredibly effective in drawing attention to the challenges people are facing and how the Government must act. Do you know anyone in your region who might be interested in working with us? Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any suggestions.
Thank you as always for your support with our campaigning work! If you have any questions, please do get in touch with Age UK’s Campaigns Officer Luke Pilot – email@example.com.
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