Age UK Camden

Age UK Camden

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  • Older people / later life

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We are a local independent charity, established in 1965, who have been supporting older people in Camden for more than 50 years.

We have grown to become one of the largest Age UK charities in London, helping over 15,000 older people each year through a range of services. There are currently over 30,000 people over 65 years living in Camden. Our role is to help those over 55 stay active, connected, independent and to empower them in later life. Some of our services are now open to those aged 18 years and above. 

Our Values

We feel it is important as a community-based charity that our work is guided by a set of core values. Our values are important to us and are represented in everything we do. Our values are: Kindness, Courage, Hope and Justice.


Day Services | Health & Positive Living Hubs: Great Croft including dementia care, the sensory garden and work with the Bangladeshi community and carers. Henderson Court including dementia care and partnership programme with Hampstead Community Centre Community Services: Digital Inclusion (computer training) | Community Connectors | Befriending Scheme including Tele friends Service (launched April 2020) | Nail Care Service | Internet Shopping Service | Discharge from Hospital |Pandemic Emergency Food Parcels - March 2019 – June 2020 | Community Concerts | Book Group | Advice and Support Services: Information and advice to older people including those of black and minority ethnic backgrounds and online portals (services directory and private sector housing e-resource Special Need Grants to older people in financial need. Specialist Service for debt advice and living wills. Care Navigation and Social Prescribing Dementia Befriending and Wellbeing. Counselling, Psychotherapy and Group Therapy including specialisms around dementia, Black, Asian Minority Ethnic communities. Ageing Better in Camden: Ageing Better in Camden (ABC) is a Big Lottery funded partnership programme with Age UK Camden as the lead partner. It’s focus in the reduction of social isolation and obtaining better evaluation evidence on interventions. The partnership including the Strategic Partnership Board includes older people, statutory services, and local voluntary agencies. Additional funding was secured to maximise the learning following the pandemic. It will now continue for a further 9 months working with partnership organisations to continue to tackle social isolation and loneliness among older people in the Borough. Work on the legacy that this project leaves for Camden’s older population is an important focus going forward. Personalisation Support in Camden: PSIC is a subsidiary charity focused on supporting disabled adults with their provision of care packages. It advises clients on how to utilise Direct Payments to employ a Personal Assistant (paid carer) or agency, making returns to HMRC and Camden Council. PSIC also runs a payroll bureau that services users can utilise. This year PSIC moved its Head Office to the Greenwood Centre for Independent Living. Age UK Camden provides Company Secretarial, HR and Financial Support to PSIC. A Service Level Agreement and memorandum of understanding is in place between PSiC and AUC. The intention is for PSIC to be wound up in 2022. Opening Doors London: Opening Doors London supports older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities) across the UK but with an emphasis on London. It offers befriending, social opportunities, training and accreditation via the home grown ‘Pride in Care’. (ODL) continues to grow as a subsidiary charity of AUC. Age UK Camden provides Company Secretary, HR and Financial Support to ODL. A Service Level Agreement and memorandum of understanding is in place between ODL and AUC. Volunteering: This year Volunteering responded to the Covid Pandemic, which included managing an increased volume of enquiries, supporting colleagues to adapt roles, developing, and keeping guidance for volunteers up to date, supporting volunteers to adapt to changes, including those who were asked to temporarily step back from roles until such time as it is safe for them to resume. The Volunteer Manager played an integral role in developing and embedding the Tele-friends service during the first Lockdown. We currently have 285 Active Volunteers.

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