Our trading activities
Age UK offers financial services and products that support independent living under the Age Co brand, as well as running over 400 charity shops and operating a social lottery and raffle. All the profits help to fund our charitable work.
We developed the Age Co brand to make it as clear as possible that when someone buys an Age Co product, it's a commercial transaction. The prices of those products aren't subsidised by the charity, and the profits are given to Age UK to fund our charitable work.
Products and services offered under the Age Co name include insurance, legal services and funeral plans, all designed to give older people the freedom and confidence to live as they wish.
Age Co's Trading Principles
Age Co will offer products and services which are good for older people
Age Co’s prices will be fair and appropriate
The profit returned by Age Co to the charity will be reasonable and acceptable
Find out more about Age Co
The Age Co range aims to help older people enjoy financial security and continue to live independently.
Age UK charity shops
There are more than 400 Age UK charity shops
Age UK charity shops are the face of the charity on high streets across England and Wales. We're investing in our shops so our customers get the best possible experience with us. Last year, we refreshed 54 shops, re-opened 4 shops which had closed due to damage, and relocated 3 shops to new premises. This has helped drive a 6% growth in income.
We opened our first superstore in 2017/18
The first Age UK superstore and donation centre opened in Poole, Dorset, in March 2018. We opened it near the local household waste recycling site, making it easier and more convenient for people to donate their unwanted goods and furniture. We plan to open five new superstores in 2018/19.
Lottery and raffle
Our successful lottery has been running for many years, generating much-needed funds. Last year, we were able to secure an opportuntiy to significantly grow our lottery programme from 2018/19, allowing supporters to help support our work in the following areas:
- Information and advice
- Education and research (which includes campaigns)
- Local programmes.
Play the Age UK Charity Lottery
The Age UK Lottery is a weekly lottery, drawn every Friday. It costs £1 to enter.