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Local charity AgeUK Carlisle and Eden has inspired one Cumbrian family to get involved and bridge the gap between three generations. Lisa Coates, her mother Carol and Grandmother Minnie have all been involved with the charity and are a prime example of how AgeUK works with people of all ages to promote the well-being of older people and to help make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.
In 2009 Age Concern and Help the Aged merged to create a new charity known as AgeUK. AgeUK Carlisle and Eden works with people of all ages to bridge the gap between generations to offer services, solutions and events to all; as 'age' affects everyone.
Since May, Lisa Coates, 31 has been the youngest and newest member of the Board of Trustees of AgeUK Carlisle and Eden. Lisa has worked in PR, Marketing and Events for the past ten years and has recently set up her own Marketing Consultancy in Cumbria. Lisa offers her time to help the charity at monthly board meetings, and offers practical advice on any publicity issues the charity faces. Lisa was on the board of directors for Art Gene; an art Gallery in Barrow-in-Furness for four years previously and was looking for something a bit closer to home.
Lisa said: “I wanted to become a trustee again to offer my knowledge of marketing and to give something back to the community. When I heard about AgeUK I thought this was perfect as I knew my Nana had had a lot of help from them in the past and thought it was a worthy charity to become involved with. There are so many good causes out there, but age is something that affects us all, whether that is through a loved one or from getting older ourselves”
Lisa's Mother Carol Coates (56) has also recently become involved with the Charity. Carol took up the position of Manager of the AgeUK charity shop in Penrith in June. Carol also works at Center Parcs, but after years of working in secretarial roles she was looking for something a bit different to get her teeth into. Carol is looking to embrace the new brand of AgeUK and bring the charity shop up to date to reflect the new aims and aspirations of the charity.
Finally Minnie Jackson, Carol's Mother, and Lisa's Grandmother has used the services of the charity for years. Minnie, who is 97 in December, has often called upon AgeUK's life-enhancing services to enable her to make daily tasks that little bit easier. Such things as wheelchairs, bath aids and hand rails have provided the vital support that Minnie has needed over the years. She continues to use these services as well as joining various events such as the lunch club.
Angela Murray, chief Executive Officer of AgeUK Carlisle and Eden said: “It is fantastic to see three ladies in our local community all getting involved and supporting the charity. The work that Carol does and time that Lisa gives, goes to support and help their mother and grandmother. By bridging the gap between the three generations echos the vision of the new AgeUK brand and shows how age is intergenerational, not just about elderly people...it is about every generation.”
AgeUK Carlisle and Eden encourages people of all ages to become involved in the charity from volunteering in one of their nine charity shops, participating in the new home share scheme or attending one of their many fund-raising events.