About Us

We have a vision that all older people in the area live a healthy, happy and satisfying later life.

 

At Age UK Bath and North East Somerset, we are many things to many people: a source of advice, information, companionship and support.

We are a local, independent charity supporting older people in Bath & North East Somerset. Although part of the Age UK family, all the money we raise is used to support people in B&NES. We rely on the generosity of the local community, businesses and people just like you to help us keep our services running.

Our objectives are:

  • To provide a voice for older people and seek to challenge age discrimination, guided by the strength and voice of older people themselves
  • To construct a strong network of volunteers and members who are active in our communities
  • To work together with our members of staff to ensure that older people are as healthy, satisfied and comfortable as possible
  • To ensure that older people have opportunities to participate and contribute as valued members of their communities.

 

Meet our trustees:

Nicola Gregson

I started my career in the voluntary sector, working for Mind, the Richmond Fellowship and Together for 15 years before moving to Wiltshire Council, then Swindon Borough before re- joining Wiltshire. Whilst the early part of my career utilised my psychology degree I moved into commissioning and contracting social care services. I was responsible for commissioning domiciliary care,residential and voluntary sector services working in partnership with an older people’s reference group.
I have been a trustee of Crossroads and am currently a trustee of a charity for older people in Swindon. I am committed to ensuring the views of older people are heard and represented in all aspects of life - particularly those who are under- represented or find it hard to speak out. 


Kate Nash

I am a physiotherapist with many years experience of working in both hospitals and out in the community, locally and in other parts of the country.  I enjoy working with older people and am particularly interested in the promotion of older people’s physical fitness, function and overall well-being to enable them to live independently and for as long as possible in their own homes. I have been very impressed by the varied and valuable work Age UK B&NES does in supporting older people live healthier more fulfilling lives as worthwhile members of society. With the expansion of this segment of the population, there will be greater demand for existing services and the need to develop new ones. By becoming involved with Age UK B&NES, I hope to be able to make a contribution to the important work it does.

Mike Roy

My career was in HR, but I am now retired. I am a former chair of Bath College and of the Royal United Hospital, and a former governor of Bath Spa University. During my career I was a member of the Bristol Employment Tribunal and a Mental Health Act Manager with the Avon & Wiltshire trust. Currently I am an external trustee of the Bath Spa University Student Union, and am chair of Bath Drama, the oldest amateur drama group in Bath. 

Vicky Windsor

I have been running Creatrix PR, my own PR and marketing company, in Bath since 2000. The company is well established in the property sector, advising clients throughout the planning and building process. I came across Age UK B&NES as my father had his funeral plan from Age UK, so after his death, I wanted to understand better the services on offer.  Since becoming a trustee I have had the privilege of meeting many older people who benefit from the organisation’s service offer and the vital assistance they are able to give to older people. Through my professional experience and contacts I am also able to offer additional support to Age UK B&NES helping to raise the profile of their work in the local area.

Claire Clift

I started working life as a criminal barrister but now practice in the areas of personal injury, landlord and tenant and general civil law. On moving to Bath in 2016 I was keen to become involved with a local charity and particularly one which helped older or younger people. Not only does Age UK B&NES provide vital services and support to the older community the volunteers and employees do it with a level of dedication, hard work and enthusiasm which seems unfailing and never ceases to impress. Having attended some of the day centres and spoken with some of the people who use these valuable services it is clear what a lifeline they provide. The feedback was extremely heartwarming and they could not praise enough those who give their time to make sure these services are available. I feel privileged to be involved with such an organisation. 

Andrew Page

 

I am a Chartered Financial Planner and also hold the Certified Financial Planner licence. I am also a “Later Life Accredited Adviser” which is the recognised benchmark of advice skills in the older client market.  The accreditation is awarded to individual advisers in recognition of demonstrating best practice, appropriate knowledge and older client care procedures. I have delivered many presentations on this subject both to the general public and solicitors. I have also commented on this subject in the financial services trade press. I have 21 years experience in the industry, the last 18 of which have been with what is now known as Tilney. 

My specialism is in assisting older clients, particularly in relation to care fees funding, inheritance tax planning and providing income in retirement. In the main my skills are in ensuring that capital that has been hard earned is used in the best way possible to help people live the life they desire. This involves understanding client’s objectives as well as helping them to express what they want to achieve. It involves having patience, understanding, empathy and an attention to detail. 

In the past I have worked for a retail bank where my roles involved interpreting business accounts to help with lending decisions.

My professional life has led me to wanting to “give something back” to older people within the community and I think that my skills and experience help me to undertake my role as treasurer.

 

Nick South

A director at BuroHappold Engineering in Bath, I have 30+ years’ experience of working with organisations across a variety of sectors; helping leaders assess market conditions and decide how they will respond. Age UK in B&NES makes a massive difference to the quality of life of local older people. I seek to help the charity respond effectively to increasing demand for services, coupled with an ever-more challenging funding environment.
My parents and mother-in-law are now all in their eighties.  Although generally in good health, they (and I) are adapting to changing needs, capabilities and challenges, and the inevitable frustrations they bring. I can clearly see the value of the services provided by Age UK.

 

 

AgeUK B&NES is currently partnering with various organisations across Europe, as part of Erasmus+ education funding.

One of the best forms of lifelong learning takes place in an intergenerational context. INTGEN (Intergenerational Mentoring for Entrepreneurs) enabled young and old to work together and support each other. Visit http://intgen-eu.comto find out more.

GROWMAT (Growing the Market in Accessible Tourism).  The object of the project is to create new business opportunities in Accessible Tourism for older people and others, particularly extending the out-of-season market. There are many active older people, with time in their retirement, and this is a new market-place. Innovative educational programs will assist in forming opportunities for entrepreneurs and existing businesses, and creating new employment for young people. Visit http://growmat.eu/ to find out more.

TECHSenior (Technology for Assisting Seniors) - the Internet is all pervasive and discussed all the time by people and in all forms of media; many older people feel they are getting left behind. This project aims to encourage and train older people so that they do not feel excluded by the general society around them. There are many advantages for older people – visit http://techsenior.eu/ to find out more.

 

I am a Chartered Financial Planner and also hold the Certified Financial Planner licence. I am also a “Later Life Accredited Adviser” which is the recognised benchmark of advice skills in the older client market.  The accreditation is awarded to individual advisers in recognition of demonstrating best practice, appropriate knowledge and older client care procedures. I have delivered many presentations on this subject both to the general public and solicitors. I have also commented on this subject in the financial services trade press. I have 21 years experience in the industry, the last 18 of which have been with what is now known as Tilney.

 My specialism is in assisting older clients, particularly in relation to care fees funding, inheritance tax planning and providing income in retirement. In the main my skills are in ensuring that capital that has been hard earned is used in the best way possible to help people live the life they desire. This involves understanding client’s objectives as well as helping them to express what they want to achieve. It involves having patience, understanding, empathy and an attention to detail.

In the past I have worked for a retail bank where my roles involved interpreting business accounts to help with lending decisions.

 My professional life has led me to wanting to “give something back” to older people within the community and I think that my skills and experience help me to undertake my role as treasurer.