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Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for the Spirit of Age Awards. Nominations have now closed for this year.

We'll contact the winners shortly and showcase their amazing stories after the awards on Wednesday 28 June.

About the awards

The Age UK Spirit of Age Awards are our way of saying thank you!

Each year, thousands of people across the UK help older people to love later life. We want to celebrate the incredible work and support our volunteers offer and champion the later life heroes who go out of their way to help older people.

Winners will be chosen by a judging panel and invited to an evening ceremony in central London on Wednesday 28 June. The award winners and one chosen guest will enjoy:

  • Special evening ceremony at the Merchant Taylors' Hall
  • Beautiful 3-course meal, sharing company with special celebrity guests
  • Return travel to London and overnight accommodation costs will be covered

Who people nominated

Later life hero

Someone who has helped to make later life better

We wanted to find later life heroes - this could be someone who has helped an older person in their hour of need, fought for older people’s rights, or helped alleviate loneliness.


Volunteer helping an older womanAn inspiring Age UK volunteer who has gone the extra mile

This could be an exceptional shop volunteer, someone who has raised vital funds, made an outstanding difference to an older person through our Call in Time service or helped older people access benefits.


Community fitness classA community group that's made a difference

We searched for exceptional local groups who support, or are run by, older people. This could be craft, culture, exercise or sports groups.


Award categories

Later Life Hero Award

An award for an individual who has made a huge impact on the lives of older people. This could be through providing continuous support and friendship and helping an older person in an hour of need.

Outstanding Community Organisation Award

An award to recognise the significant achievements of a local organisation, project or group supporting, or run by, older people.

Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness Award

In memory of the MP Jo Cox, Age UK is taking part in a government initiative to increase the public’s awareness of loneliness. This award is for someone exceptional who has gone above and beyond to tackle loneliness among older people.

Equality and Diversity Award

An award given to an outstanding ambassador, team or service for promoting and enabling equality and diversity amongst older people.

Age UK Befriending Award

An award for Age UK face to face and telephone befrienders (e.g. Call in Time volunteers) who have made a huge impact on the lives of an older person.

Age UK Retail Award

An award to celebrate a shop volunteer or team who have gone above and beyond to support the shop, their team, our customers and fellow volunteers.

Age UK Fundraising Award

An award for fundraising volunteers who have gone the extra mile to raise money for Age UK.

Need to know more?

If you have any questions about the nominations or awards please contact Any press or media enquiries should be directed to

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787

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