Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Frippery, formals, finery and feathers. What have a trilby, a fez and a pill box all got in common?

They could all be seen in your work place on 9th December 2011 is the answer!

"Wear a Hat Day" is part of Age UK Exeter's winter appeal to help older people in the city. Hundreds of vulnerable older people will suffer needlessly this winter from the effects of cold weather and Age UK Exeter want to make this time of year better for those who may otherwise have no where else to turn.

Help this local charity spread the warmth and become a Wear a Hat Team Leader in your workplace or school for the day. For more information go to the Wear A Hat Day website or phone Age UK Exeter on 01392 202092.

Corinne Bailey, Development Manager at Age UK Exeter said - we want to really make a difference to the most vulnerable people in the city this winter. We have a Home Check Hit Squad ready and able to offer advice and support to help older people in the city. Remember how cold it was last year? We want to ensure anyone who needs some support gets the information and practical services they need. For every £5 raised we can provide an advisor who can help an older person stay warm and well.

If you're worried about someone in your neighbourhood or family member, please, with their permission give us a ring and tell us about them. All the money we raise stays locally; as an Exeter charity it is important to let people know that their money really is making a difference in their City.

Visit the Wear A Hat Day website to download posters to put up at work and for a registration form so that we can tell the whole of Exeter how fantastic you are for joining in!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Growing Old Disgracefully

Age UK Exeter are proud to present a bumper evening of entertainment!

On Wednesday 30th of November, Devon’s best performance poets give their take on growing older. Hosted by joint Bards of Exeter: the hilarious writer/performer Jackie Juno, and the renowned “storyfella” Clive Pigg, along with Tim King, Winner of the Exeter Poetry Slam 2011. Also performing on the night will be Morwenna Griffiths, Ian Royce, James Turner, Jennie Osbourne and Graham Burchell. Entry is free, but the evening will be held in support of Age UK Exeter, a local charity working to improve later life for people in Exeter. To enjoy this feast of poetic delights, please join us at The City Gate Hotel, on the Iron Bridge, Exeter on Wednesday 30th of November at 8pm. What better way to spend a Winter’s evening than being entertained in a welcoming city centre location, it would be a disgrace to miss it!

Jacqui Cornish, fundraising officer said “We are truly privileged to have secured such a fabulous line up of top quality performers. This will be a night to remember!

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Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Age UK Exeter Calls on Christmas Shoppers to Help Charity

easyfundraising.org.uk shares the joy of festive good will

Online Christmas shoppers are being urged to buy their presents through leading charity website easyfundraising.org.uk and raise money for their favourite good cause.

Age UK Exeter has been working with easyfundraising.org.uk since last summer. So far the charity has raised £170 to help supporting older people in the City of Exeter. Heather Pearson, Development Administrator for Age UK Exeter said: “Christmas is such a busy time – so it makes sense to shop online, especially if you can help a charity.”

easyfundraising.org.uk has more than 33,000 causes registered on its site with over 2,000 partner retailers including, Marks & Spencer, Boden, Argos and eBay. When shoppers buy through easyfundraising.org.uk, each purchase generates an average donation of 5% of the total spend for the chosen cause.
easyfundraising.org.uk is on target to give away £1 million to charity this year. Online Christmas shoppers are also being asked to use www.easysearch.org.uk when researching their present buying.

Gary Thompson, Managing Director of easyfundraising.org.uk, says: “Christmas is an expensive time for everyone – but it is also a time for sharing and giving. If everyone in Britain bought just one gift through easyfundraising.org.uk it would make a massive impact on charities’ funds.”

Start shopping and raising money now at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/ageukexeter

Monday, 16 May 2011

Starting at the TOP

Three members of TaxHelp for Older People lept over (ok crawled) the PrincessHay car park building in Exeter town centre last Saturday, raising money for Age Concern Exeter. 

Carol Pavely, Donna McKenney and Sophie Cunniffe all managed a smile on reaching the ground. It is something we will never forget especially the 12 foot ladder to get us to the top of the wall. The Outer Edge team were fantasic and very supportive. Without their humour and kind words I am sure we would have come back down in the lift.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Photoshoot for Age UK Exeter

Colourful clothes, smiling faces and lots of laughter were all part of the photo shoot on Wednesday 6th April 2011, the aim of which was to create new images to be used in forthcoming publicity to mark the move Age Concern Exeter is taking to become Age UK Exeter. Age Concern nationally has joined forces with Help The Aged to become Age UK - which has a vision of the world in which older people flourish.

Although the organisation is changing its name, their commitment to people aged 50 plus is remaining right at the core of their quality advice, services and groups in Exeter. The photo shoot happened after an advert was placed in the local community for anyone interested in our forward thinking organisation to join them and become models for the afternoon. Age UK colours were the order of the day. Local people of all ages, interested in or involved with the charity, chatted over cups of tea with the option of getting involved in various activities, such as playing scrabble, painting or having a good natter. The photo shoot was an opportunity to celebrate with people of different ages, make connections with people and have fun whilst creating the new face of Age UK Exeter.

There were dogs, bicycles, a glass of wine or three, texting, computers to name but a few scenes all decorated with a selection of backdrops, handbags and gladrags.

Martyn Rogers Director of Age Uk Exeter said “the afternoon was a chaotic, colourful and creative opportunity which has given us 100’s of pictures depicting people having fun, using modern technology and taking an active part in life and living. We look forward with excitment to becoming Age Uk Exeter and developing our services and opportunities for anyone over 50. Watch this space for some really interesting ventures later this year”

If you would like to find out more about Age UK Exeter, get in touch with Corinne Bailey on 01392 202092 or text “tell me more” to 07540 600829.

You can see a selection of photos from the day on our facebook: www.facebook.com/ageukexeter

Monday, 2 May 2011

£100 of Free Money

Last July, I started using a website called EasyFundraising.org.uk. It links you with online retailers who will give a percentage of your order value to charity, at no extra cost to you. Today, I feel rather proud that I've raised £100 so far, just by clicking through this site to shops that I already used.

Most of the donations have come through Amazon or eBay, a few pence here and there all adds up. Every time I shop at Sainsburys, they donate 25p. Not a fortune but it all helps. My most lucrative donation was through Vodafone when I upgraded my mobile phone - they donated £45! Amazing.

So I enourage all you online shoppers, sign up to Easy Fundraising. You've got nothing to lose and imagine how much we could raise if there were more of us!

Here's a breakdown of how much the shops donated through my shopping.

RetailerAmount Donated
Vodafone £45.00
Amazon £13.39
ebay £10.27
Littlewoods £8.38
buyagift.co.uk £7.87
Sainsburys £2.25
Body Shop £1.68
Marks and Spencer£1.31
Green Insurance Company £1.17
BHS £1.05
Perfume Direct £0.94
Firebox.com £0.77
Play.com £0.73

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Our Car Insurance Services Recognised by Which?

Age UK Enterprises has kicked off 2011 with the fantastic news that its Motor Insurance now features on Which? Magazine’s Recommended Providers List of car insurers. The report published in Which Magazine this month arms consumers with what to look for when shopping around for an insurance policy and how to get a "good deal".

Which? Magazine, renowned for its impartiality, analyses the whole UK car insurance market to find out which brands offer the best policies. Instead of picking "Best Buys" based on specific scenarios, the Which? Recommended Providers List focuses on the customer service, quality of policies supporting customers to get ‘a good deal’ – something Age UK Enterprises has delivered to their customers for 28 years and consistently strives for across its whole product range.

The basis of the list is split between customer satisfaction (i.e. how the product is rated by Which? members), and the technical elements of the policy, which are scrutinised by Which? magazine’s team of experts. A particular focus is put on having good customer service, as claiming on insurance is a stressful experience and one that the insurer should be able to keep to a minimum.

Featuring on such a trusted comparison outlet is testament to just how strong a product Age UK Motor Insurance really is, particularly for such a competitive market as for car insurance. With its ambitions for 2011 already gathering pace, Age UK Enterprises will continue to go from strength to strength, offering excellent products and raising millions of pounds for Age UK’s national and local charitable activities. We hope to display the Which? Magazine Recommended Provider icon on our Motor Insurance marketing materials soon to highlight this award to our customers.

To get a quote, contact Karen Trist on 01392 202092 for an appointment or telephone quote.