The Electrical Industries Charity is urging the industry to show their support for over 50,000 retired colleagues who are struggling with loneliness, isolation, poverty and mental health problems.
According to the charity, a recent report published by the BBC showed that in the UK there are nearly one million people aged 75 years or older who are living in poverty and are in need of help. This accounts for over 300,000 more elderly people in the UK than five years ago.
Age UK has released a report which states that poverty, loneliness and isolation are the top three major factors affecting the mental health and wellbeing of older people. The report also revealed that currently, 49% of people aged 65 years or older say that their only form of company is television or their pets and over one million individuals said that they always or often feel lonely.
To address these issues and to end the ongoing struggles of elderly people in the electrical sector while allowing them to have the retirement they deserve, the Electrical Industries Charity has launched the Pensioner Support Programme.
The programme offers elderly people who have worked in the electrical or energy-related sectors access to free support services that include telephone counselling, financial and debt assistance, household repairs and essential items. It also offers support for carers, mobility and disability support, and complex case management while giving them a way to connect with fellow retired colleagues.
The charity aims to reduce the loneliness and isolation of retired colleagues through early intervention and the provision of a support network.
For further information, or to sign up to thePensioner Support Programme, contact Vicky Gray on firstname.lastname@example.org.