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We are a local charity that exists to support older people in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and the Eastern Dorset area to live happy, healthy, and independent lives.

Who we are

Age UK Bournemouth, Poole & East Dorset is an independent local charity. We exist to promote the health and well-being of people in later life by providing services; identifying gaps in provision; and by influencing policy and decision makers. We have 30 dedicated staff and over 140 volunteers helping us to deliver services and activities for local older people.

Our office can be found at 700 Wimborne Road in Bournemouth, our day centres are run at Sutton road and Turbary Park, and our shop is on Ashley Road in Poole.

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How we are funded

We rely on your support to keep serving the community. We are supported by donations from the public, income from our charity shops, and some charitable grants. Without the dedication and kindness of our supporters we would not be able to provide the range of help that we are currently able to offer.

Who's Who


Chris Lockyer - Chairman
Amelia Adkins
Chris Lewis
Brendan Masterson
Brian Marsden
John Morris
Ted Taylor
Zara Pinner


Chief Officer

Sarah Lloyd

Management team

Judith Livingstone - Head of Information and Operations
Gary Mason -  IT & Community Based Activities Manager
Kerry Bidgood - Community Connections Manager
Di Williamson - Day Services Manager
Sarona Hebditch - Shop Manager

Staff team

Jeff Homer - Minibus Driver
Gary Corrie - Mini Bus Driver
Ruth McIntyre - Senior Activities Coordinator & Driver
Kate Hirst - Activities Assistant
Amanda Brown - Community Support Worker
Michelle Robinson - Community Support Worker
Gill Haywood-Sheldrake - Help at Home Administrator
Collette Payne - Information and Advice Worker
Trish Mosely - Receptionist
Helen Laurent- Foot Care Assistant
Donna Lewis - Foot Care Assistant
Lorraine Molloy - Foot Care Assitant
Carol Goodman - Foot Care Assistant
Caroline Swain - Foot Care Assistant
Linda Norman - Centre Cook
Debbie Ford - Kitchen Assistant
Sarah Breuer - Office Administrator
Lyn Buckell-May - Accounts Officer
Anna Hubbard - Services Administrator
Karen Spendier - Project Purple Administrator
Cecilia Jackson - Shop Supervisor

What we do

  • We give advice

    Our trained advisors offer free information and advice to older people and their families. Over the last year our advisors helped local older people to claim tens of thousands of pounds that they were entitled to.

  • We offer help at home

    We offer home support services to help with shopping, cleaning and gardening. We help over 100 older people with basic tasks, such as food shopping, every month.

  • We befriend

    Our volunteer befrienders visit lonely older people in the community who have no one to talk to. Last year our volunteers visited hundreds of older people who would otherwise be alone.

  • We provide activities

    Our day centre and activities programme has a wide range of groups and events, such as lunch clubs and yoga classes, giving older people the opportunity to keep fit, socialise, or learn a new skill.