Older people in Europe


We work in several policy areas to support older people in Europe.

  • We fight for older people and their rights to be embedded in the development cooperation policies.
  • We aim to increase the quality and effectiveness of EU humanitarian aid policy by ensuring that the specific needs of older people are fully addressed in humanitarian responses.
  • We work to influence the EU and its Member States’ contributions to the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing process and support the move towards a new UN convention on the rights of older people.

Learn about HelpAge network members in Europe.

Regional Representative: Verity McGivern

Verity McGivern - Europe Regional RepresentativeVerity leads HelpAge’s work with European governments, the European Union and other regional bodies and actors to strengthen the commitment to older people’s rights in low and middle-income countries, in close coordination with network members.

Since joining HelpAge in 2015, she has held roles leading work across the network on Agenda 2030 and humanitarian advocacy. She played a key role in the establishment of the UN Titchfield City Group on Ageing and has previously chaired the Stakeholder Group on Ageing in New York and the Bond Humanitarian Working Group in London.

Verity has extensive experience in advocacy and working with UN bodies, EU institutions, and governments. Before joining HelpAge, she worked predominantly on children’s rights. She holds a master’s degree in European Affairs and undergraduate degrees in Politics and International Affairs from Cardiff University and Sciences Po Bordeaux.

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