About Age UK Faversham & Sittingbourne

Our history and how we provide our services to older people in Faversham & Sittingbourne.

Age UK Faversham

Age UK Faversham has been providing services for older people since 1958 and the Middle Row premises has been our headquarters since 1963.

 

We have seen many changes over the years and have expanded from the two front rooms, to filling the whole Middle Row building, and developing the adjacent old fire station in 1994.

 

The Belle Friday Centre in Teynham has been providing a full day care service since 1990.

 

Age UK Faversham is supported by grants from Kent County Council for some of its services. These grants help the Trustees to employ well trained staff to deliver a professional service to older people.

 

However, many activities undertaken by the charity would not be possible without the fundraising activities, donations, legacies and the tremendous support of volunteers who give their time and commitment to us.

 

A well-equipped training room provides staff and volunteers with access to up-to-date training and development.

 

We have a Board of Trustees with wide-ranging backgrounds and experience who meet every six weeks. The Trustees oversee the finances and governance of the charity as well as steering strategic development.

 

 

We work in collaboration with other Age UKs in our locality and work closely with Kent County Council to deliver a variety of services to older people.

 

Age UK Sittingbourne

Heather House Day Centre is the result of more than 50 years of effort by the people of Sittingbourne and Swale district.  

Age UK Sittingbourne was originally known as the Old People’s Welfare Committee and there were years of fundraising before it was possible to have a day centre. 

 

The first day centre at London Road was recognised as an interim step, but it provided the necessary experience to set up a new centre in Roman Square in 1981.

 

In November 1988 the Roman Square centre was demolished as part of the new leisure complex and Age UK Sittingbourne, then Age Concern Sittingbourne, moved to new premises in the Avenue of Remembrance and retained the same name, Heather House.

 

Our day centre now has capacity for up to 60 older people a day. We have a cosy and comfortable environment and warmly invite anyone over the age of 60 to come and join us.

 

We are supported by a dedicated and hardworking team of Trustees, volunteers and staff who aim to make the day centre experience as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.