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Age of Opportunity

Older people, volunteering and the Big Society

The rapid ageing of our society creates many challenges – from the provision of healthcare, to work, pensions, savings, housing, and of course social care – but ageing should not be framed negatively. It provides opportunities to use the skills and experience of older people to help strengthen or even re-create civil society. Older people already make a positive and wholly disproportionate contribution to our society by volunteering, charitable giving and helping to maintain the values and principles underpinning our civic society.