Virtual Gifts that help
Half a million older people go at least five or six days a week without speaking to, or even seeing, someone else. Buy a Gift of Independence for a loved one or a friend and you could help provide vital advice and companionship to older people living in isolation. Your generosity can help them.
Send wise words £5
could buy vital guides and leaflets that advise older people on money, health, care support and more.
Ease a worry £10
could pay for a helpline call that reassures an older person on housing, benefits, mobility and more.
Start a chat £15
could provide a friendship phone call that brightens an older person’s day and shows that someone cares.
Buy a smile £20
could pay for a friendship visit that brings laughter and companionship into a lonely older person’s life.
Shine a light £40
could provide life-changing advice for older people from trained experts in social care, finance and more.
Send a star £60
could pay for a month of friendship visits that give an older person something to look forward to.
Buy a year of cheer £120
could go towards friendship visits that bring joy and companionship to lonely older people all year round.
How it works
A Gift of Independence is a wonderful way to brighten up a friend or loved one’s day – while changing an older person’s life. Just pick the gift you want to give and tell us who you’d like to send it to. Once you’ve gone through the checkout, you can print off a certificate to give to your friend or loved one, letting them know how they are helping older people in need.
For more details on how our Gifts of Independence work, simply visit our frequently asked questions page.
“Before Fiona started visiting me, I felt full of misery.”
Peter and Deirdre had been married for 55 years. When Deirdre passed away, Peter was plunged into a life of loneliness and depression. Now Fiona from Independent Age visits Peter regularly. Her visits give him something to look forward to, and she has helped him meet other people in his area. “It’s a joy when she arrives at the house,” he says.