Age Concern España’s work in helping English-speaking older people through local support and its national Casework Service has been recognised at the prestigious European Diversity Awards event held in London on Thursday 26 September 2013. The European Diversity Awards honour individuals, companies and community groups throughout Europe who have excelled in the field of diversity.
Age Concern was one of eight charities from around Europe, which had been shortlisted for their excellence in embracing and celebrating difference and diversity.
Judy Arnold-Boakes, President of ACASA, the national service providing arm of Age Concern España said “ Through our Casework service, we help older people who fall on hard times to get back on track. We don’t judge anyone – our trained Casework Volunteers help older people from all walks of life who are having to manage very difficult circumstances, often caused by unforseen changes such as ill-health, financial problems and isolation”.
Age Concern was one of two Spanish charities shorlisted for the awards, the other being Apoyo Positivo, a Madrid based organisation which helps people with information and support about Aids. The winner was the UK’s Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse amongst youg people.
Eileen Dry, President of Age Concern España said “ We are honoured that our national and local work has been recognised, we are a small organisation which does a very big job. The European Diversity Awards helps to publicise our work worldwide, and the contribution of all our volunteers who work so hard on behalf of older English-speaking people living in Spain.