We support our national partners and local Age UKs to be well-run and to provide good quality services.
Our work in 2015/16
The Age UK network includes Age UK; our national partners Age Cymru and their nine local Age Cymru partners, Age NI and Age Scotland; over 150 local Age UKs in England; and hundreds of smaller organisations called Age UK Friends and Forums.
In addition to providing financial support, we help the network to raise money and improve the effectiveness of their organisations and the services they provide. We help with mergers and collaborations, governance, marketing, fundraising, digital, human resources and more.
We ensure successful partnerships
As of September 2016, all local Age UKs, 100 Friends and nine of Age Cymru’s local partners have signed new partnership agreements. The agreements make our partnerships possible by setting out what we will deliver together and what we expect from each other.
Amongst other things, Age UK has substantially increased the base level of financial support we provide to local Age UKs, helping them to weather public sector cuts.
We help the network to generate income
As well as direct financial support, we help local Age UKs generate income and diversify their income sources.
For example, in 2015/16, we supported eight local Age UKs with their bids to provide services for local authorities and the NHS. This resulted in £4.6 million of funding. We have also worked with local Age UKs to agree a new framework for fundraising across England.
How we raised our funds
We work to improve the quality of services
Every local Age UK has been accredited against our externally assessed Organisational Quality Standards.
These standards are designed to ensure that the network is effective and delivers high quality services and activities. We are already supporting local Age UK Trustee Boards to improve their financial governance and impact, and are working with local Age UKs that provide Care Quality Commission regulated services to ensure they reach the required standards.
See what services your local Age UK offers