Case Study: Age UK

Age UK’s Our Rights Our Voices programme worked with older people to develop their understanding of human rights and how they are relevant to their lives.

80 older people from eight older people’s forums across England were supported to put their rights into practice.

Example: The Carrick Over 50’s Forum used human rights to challenge the council’s decision to cut bus services in a rural area. This compromised older people’s ability to get to the hospital, shop, meet friends – and was potentially in breach of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

The group persuaded the bus company and council to put on a bus and provide an important lifeline for older people in the rural community.

Part of the project was a toolkit (pdf) that set out which human rights are most commonly relevant to older people and why; and gave examples of how the eight forums used their human rights.