I ask readers to join Anchor’s Grey Pride Campaign and sign our petition calling for a Minister for Older People to help end the prejudices faced by the elderly.
My colleagues and I are passionate about improving the well-being of older people and research commissioned by Anchor shows there is widespread ageism among the 18-24 age group: the most shocking statistic is 41 per cent of young people say there are not enough jobs for older people to be in work, and they are less productive in the workplace than younger workers.
There is a Minister for Women and a Minister of State for Children and Families, but as it stands, older people’s issues are scattered throughout various government departments.
With older people making up 25 per cent of the population, it’s time older people’s voices were heard and the prejudices they face were wiped out.
So please come and sign our Grey Pride petition which will be presented to 10 Downing Street later this year. My colleagues and I will be in Augusta Court, Winterbourne Road, Chichester, from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday during Anchor Grey Pride Week. Alternatively, people can sign the petition online by going to www.greypride.org.uk
Winterbourne Road, Chichester