Equality and human rights in practice: a guide for practitioners and commissioners of services for older people

SMITH Anthony
Age UK
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This document discusses equality and human rights themes and what they mean for people in later life. In particular, it looks at Age UK’s work in relation to the people and communities most likely to encounter discrimination or exclusion and subsequently be least likely to use services. The document starts by considering issues relating to: black and minority ethnic older people; disability; gender; lesbian, gay and bisexual older people; religion and belief; and transgender people. Equality and human rights work are set in the context of the developing legal framework. The document then describes 15 low-cost, high-impact examples of equality and human rights services and projects which have been shown to work well. These initiatives from all around the country have been selected to demonstrate a range of approaches, themes and environments. They not only respond to what older people say they want, but also frequently tap into the resource they represent. This document is intended for all professionals who devise, deliver or commission services for people in later life, and aims to provide ideas for reaching, engaging and supporting older people who are marginalised or excluded.

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human rights, LGBT people, older people, religions, sexual orientation discrimination, black and minority ethnic people, case studies, disabilities, discrimination, equal opportunities, good practice;
Content type:
practice example
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