We are very proud to announce that our social enterprise, Age Scotland Enterprises, has just been awarded a commendation by the Get Up and Go Awards. The awards recognise the organisations and individuals in Edinburgh that make a positive difference to older people in the city.
Age Scotland Enterprises provides a range of products and services specifically for older people in Scotland, including travel (including cover for some pre-existing medical conditions), car and home insurance, energy packages and a funeral plan. Their offices are based in Edinburgh (in the same head office as the charity), so the team decided to enter the Get Up and Go Awards to show their commitment to older people in the city and around Scotland.
Enterprises’ philosophy is to offer the best value money products and to be as inclusive as possible to help overcome the prejudice that exists in parts of the insurance market towards older people. The social enterprise has a unique aspect – they have no upper age limit on their products. This means that older people in Scotland can get insured for a wide range of services without the age prejudices so many alternative providers have.
Being a social enterprise, the profits that the team make are ploughed back into the charitable aims of Age Scotland. To the year ending 31st March 2011, approximately £625,000 was invested to realise these aims. The money contributed towards providing grants for older people’s groups and funding lobbying of the Scottish Government for the provision of personal care and raising the age of jury service.
The team have a combined experience of over 50 years in dealing with older people and were incredibly pleased to receive their commendation. Congratulations to all at Age Scotland Enterprises, and keep up the good work!