The Sir William Beveridge Foundation conducts practical projects on providing culturally-appropriate health and social care services for elderly people. Its main theatre of operations are currently in the UK and Bangladesh. But the organisation also takes a broader and strategic worldwide view on issues and debates surrounding health and social care.
“The Beveridge Foundation was founded on the principle of care for the community by the community,” said Rahman Jilani, Executive Director and Founder.” The aim was to provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society, the elderly as well as providing employment opportunities for men and women from the same communities to provide that care.
“The practical service that we provide in the UK and Bangladesh provide a platform for the organisation to spread knowledge about issues affecting elderly people and take part in consultations and debates to offer potential solutions to the challenges that increasingly elderly populations will create, particularly with dementia, for developing countries and others.”
Having special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council at the United Nations means that the Foundation, as part of the civil society network, can contribute to discussions on-line as well as attend conferences and network with other NGOs. The Foundation is also an associate member of the International Federation on Ageing enabling it to engage with issues affecting elderly populations around the world.
“The Foundation has also hosted lectures and conferences over a number of years and is continuing to do so,” continued Rahman Jilani. “There are plans to host an international conference on dementia in Bangladesh during 2014. There is a practical and strategic approach to our work and each helps to inform the other with the ultimate aim of helping to enhance the quality of life for all elderly people wherever they live.”