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What we do

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Age UK’s vision is a world where everyone can love later life

We know it won’t be easy getting there, but we believe it’s how things should be. With your help, we work every day to make it happen.

Who we help

Our focus, more than ever, is on the older people who need us the most. 

Too many older people are living in poverty or just above the poverty line. Too many find themselves without the care and support they desperately need. Too many have no one to turn to. 

How we help

We are national

In the UK we help millions of people every year, providing support, companionship and advice. We are a strong voice, campaigning with and for older people to champion their rights, needs and wishes.

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We are local

The Age UK network is a partnership of independent charities which includes our national partners, over 120 local Age UKs, and hundreds of smaller organisations called Age UK Friends and Forums.


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We are international

Our international subsidiary charity, Age International, works in over 30 developing countries. Age International is a member of the HelpAge global network and the Disasters Emergency Committee.


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Our strategy

  1. We’ll put front and centre the older people who need us the most
  2. We’ll help local communities through enduring local support
  3. We’ll boldly ask for help and support

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Our six charity objectives

Campaigning and research

We’ll make the most difference to the most disadvantaged older people through effective campaigning and influencing, underpinned by policy work and research.

Information and advice

We’ll reach out to older people, their carers, and their families, to support them with the impartial, personalised, and expert information and advice they need.

Health and care

We’ll enable older people to have access to high quality, locally available services that address their health and care needs, provided by the Age UK network.


We’ll deliver wellbeing programmes that have a big impact on wellbeing and provide long-term benefit to the Age UK network’s services.

Age UK network

We’ll secure a strong and enduring local presence of Age UKs and other community organisations to deliver the support and opportunities that local older people need.


Through Age International, Age UK’s international charity, we'll focus on the needs and rights of older people in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Our achievements (2020-21)

195,624 calls

We answered 195,624 calls to our Advice Line

£50 million

We identified over £50 million in benefits that older people are eligible for through our winter warmth programmes

Most mentioned

In a survey of MPs, Age UK was the charity most mentioned as being at the top of minds as having supported older people during the COVID-19 pandemic

Annual reports and accounts

Learn more about what we achieve for older people each year, how we much we raise and how much we spend. 

How we raise our funds

Fundraising is our most significant source of income, powering all we deliver for older people. We’re tremendously thankful to our supporters for making our work possible. 

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