New toolkit sheds light on ‘invisible million’ older people without children


The National Care Forum has produced a toolkit for social care organisations to help them better understand and support people over the age of 65 who don’t have adult children.

The organisation says this group of people – of whom there are 1.5 million in the UK – has been “all but invisible” in the planning of policy of ageing.

The toolkit, produced in partnership with Ageing without Children, aims to tackle this by helping providers understand the impact ageing without children has on individuals; what it means for service delivery and planning; and how to raise awareness both internally and externally.

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Kirsty Woodard, author of the toolkit, said: “People ageing without children are far more likely to rely on paid for care services for support in their later life. We know that people ageing without children are 25% more likely to go into a care home for example.

“Despite this, until now there has been nothing to help organisations better understand this large and growing group of older people. We really hope that the toolkit which is free to download will be a valuable resource to all organisations who work with older people.”

Liz Jones, Policy Director of the NCF said: “The NCF is delighted to be leading the way with AWOC in developing this unique toolkit. We have worked closely with Kirsty Woodard and a number of NCF members to help organisations understand what is meant by ageing without children, what impact it has on individuals throughout their lives and what it means for service design and delivery.

“Special thanks also go to the PRAMA Foundation, whose early pioneering work in this field inspired the development of this toolkit together with The Salvation Army, Leicester Ageing Together, Age Exchange, Housing 21 and Keychange Charity who helped bring it to life.”

The free toolkit can be downloaded here.

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