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Long Melford based Charity Wins Place on Aviva Community Fund

A national charity, based in Long Melford, has won a place on the Aviva Community Fund to raise £9,500 to appoint an Out of Hours Officer. The Fund shares £250,000 each quarter with its UK-based staff, allowing them to donate to small charities and community projects they feel strongly about. In addition, the public is asked to donate to help boost much-needed funds.


Safer ageing charity joins legal action to force inquiry into PPE shortages

Judicial review proceedings have been issued today [Monday 8 June, 2020] after the Government refused to launch an urgent inquiry into failures to provide adequate PPE for NHS staff and other frontline care workers.


Hourglass East Anglia launches new regional hub

Hourglass East Anglia is the East of England face of the UK’s only charity focusing on safer ageing and the harm and abuse of older people. 


We all have a role to play in protecting older people from abuse



An action group* working to stop the abuse of older people is urging the public to report any concerns they may have if they fear an older person may be at risk of or is experiencing abuse. 

CQC “in breach of statutory duties” by not inspecting care homes during pandemic, says Hourglass

Safer ageing charity Hourglass has today [Tuesday 5 May 2020] joined ten other organisations who provide advice and services to older people, people with learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, mental health issues and/or autism and their families in writing to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to raise their concerns about the decision to stop carrying out inspections of care homes and hospitals.

Hourglass NI launches

Veronica Gray Hourglass Deputy CEO







Hourglass NI launches at a time of real change for the voluntary and charitable sector in Northern Ireland.

Organisations working to safeguard and protect people from abuse issue group statement on COVID-19 - "You are not alone. We’re here for you and we can help and support you"



Organisations working to safeguard and protect people who experience abuse or are the victims of crime have joined forces to ensure that older people can get the support they need to keep them safe and protected during this difficult time.


A word from Hourglass' CEO

Every year, more than one million older people are physically, emotionally, financially or sexually abused and neglected in the UK. These are our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunties, grannies, grandads, friends and neighbours.  

Covid-19 Response

Richard Robinson, CEO of Hourglass, said:


‘Even under the best of circumstances, we know that more than a million older people experience abuse or neglect in the UK every year.


Hodge join the fight to stop abuse of older people in Wales


‘Over a million older people experience abuse or neglect in the UK every year’

Hourglass is the only UK charity dedicated to ending harm, abuse and exploitation of older people. Hourglass Cymru works tirelessly throughout Wales; promoting a society where we can all grow old feeling safe and secure and without fear of abuse. 

Our partnerships are absolutely vital to us here in Wales. They enable us to continue our work; lobbying for change, promoting safer ageing and stopping the abuse of older people. 

Covid-19 control measures will create a “pressure cooker” for the abuse of older people

Hourglass' CEO Richard Robinson made a statement for The National on the impact of new government measures on older people in Scotland, citing new research showing that 25% of people in Scotland fail to see “acts of domestic violence directed towards an older person” as abuse.


Care Quality Commission releases report Promoting sexual safety through empowerment

Full report available: here


Older women disproportionately affected by sexual incidents in social care - Hourglass welcomes regulator’s call for change


Hourglass welcomes news that Sinn Féin and the DUP have re-entered devolved government in Northern Ireland

We at Hourglass welcome the news that Sinn Féin and the DUP have re-entered devolved government in Northern Ireland after three years of deadlock - all parties can now start delivering the much-needed reforms to our public services and restore public confidence in devolved government. In particular, we were pleased to hear of the promised reforms to health and social care, but we urge the government to implement adult safeguarding legislation as part of this commitment.

Discounted professional wills

We are delighted to be able to offer reduced price wills from respected Scottish solicitors, McEwan Fraser Legal. Not only are you protecting your inheritance and your loved ones, but the full amount you pay will be donated directly to Hourglass.

The suggested donation amount is for a professional will is £200 (although you cannot less if you wish), and the full amount will go towards supporting the work of Hourglass.

Scottish Parliament Justice Committee consider the abuse of older people

In February 2019, the Scottish Parliament Justice Committee began taking evidence on the nature, extent and prosecution of the abuse of older people.