Age UK London works with a range of organisations within the Age UK and Age Concern family, as well as with London's regional and local governing bodies, local community groups and of course older people themselves.
Older People in London
There are around 2.1 million older people in London and by 2020 it is predicted that over 50% of the UK population will be over 50. We consult with and engage with older Londoners in every aspect of our work to ensure that their voices are heard.
Local Age UKs
There is a local Age UK working in almost every London borough, providing services ranging from information and advice, healthy living services, financial brokerage and much more. To find out about the services offered in your local area please contact your local Age UK directly using the Local Age UKs menu above.
Age Concern England and Help the Aged are now Age UK, the largest charity working for older people in the UK. We work with Age UK to support national campaigns on a London regional level and to share regional knowledge and expertise. You can find out more about the national charity and what they do on the Age UK website.
Older People’s Forums
Older People’s Forums are local groups comprised of individuals and organisations working with and for older people in London. There is a Forum in every London borough and the aim of the forums is to support, guide and empower older Londoners to participate in their local decision making process.
Local forums act as part of local strategic frameworks to represent the needs of older Londoners and are supported in doing this by the Greater London Forum for Older People, a pan-London umbrella organisation.
Positive Ageing in London (PAIL)
In 2011, Age UK London's Liaison Committee was successfully relaunched as the stakeholder forum Positive Ageing in London (PAIL). PAIL brings together London-wide and local organisations from both the voluntary and statutory sectors to consider age issues in London and agree common solutions. Recognised as the network of regional forums on ageing in different parts of England, PAIL provides valuable input into the Mayor's and UK Advisory Forums on Ageing.
London’s older people are very diverse in their cultures, faiths and lifestyles. The Greater London Authority expects that the number of London pensioners who are from black and minority ethnic (BME communities will rise to 21% by 2016 and 25% by 2021. Age UK London works with local community groups who represent different race and faith groups in London to support their work and involve them in our campaigning and influencing activity.
Healthwatch City of London
Age UK London hosts Healthwatch City of London. As the local Healthwatch for The City, Healthwatch City of London want to involve people of all ages and from all sections of the community, building on existing groups to ensure continuity, and reaching out into parts of the community that do not currently have a voice. Healthwatch City of London will help local people get the best from their local health and social care services. The orgnaisations aim is to make a real difference to the people of City of London's lives through championing the health and wellbeing of its residents.
Age Concern City of London
Age Concern City of London (ACCoL) is the new charity for older people in the Square Mile, providing help, support, and new opportunities – for learning, volunteering, socialising, and enhancing health and wellbeing. Of the 7600 people living in the Square Mile, 1100 are over 65. ACCoL want to work with, not just for, older people, to achieve a vision of a City which is as healthy, happy, inclusive and age friendly as it can be.
Opening Doors London
Opening Doors London is a partnership project involving Age UK Camden as lead agency with Age UKs in Hackney, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster. Opening Doors London aims to specifically meet the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and is aimed at men and women who identify as LGBT and are over the age of 50.
The Mayor’s Office and London Councils
Age UK London works with the regional and local governing bodies in London to ensure that older people’s voices are heard and the issues which are important to them are included in the wider debate. We represent the voices of Age UKs and older Londoners on a regional level. London Councils is also a key funder of Age UK London’s work.
London Voluntary Service Council (LVSC)
LVSC represents, champions and enhances London's diverse voluntary and community sector.