Age UK Charities merge to form single charity across Coventry & Warwickshire
Published on 01 April 2019 09:37 AM
The Trustee Boards of Age UK Coventry and Age UK Warwickshire have agreed to form a single charity across Coventry & Warwickshire that is better equipped to meet the growing needs of older people in the area.
The merger takes effect immediately and follows a consultation exercise with key stakeholders. It has been a very positive process and there are no job losses or redundancies for staff and all Trustees have been offered positions on the new Board.
Chief Executive, Michael Garrett said,
“We have brought together two healthy, vibrant and flourishing charities that by being together makes us even stronger to meet the challenges of the future. The merger will enable us to reduce our operational costs and channel more resources into direct support for older people.”
“Each charity delivers highly specialised and unique services that includes Appointeeships in Coventry and the delivery of Dementia Day Care support in Warwickshire. The scope for sharing this expertise and expanding across the geographical boundaries means we will reach more people.”
“People are living longer and this is a trend that will continue. Our increasing ageing population faces a complex range of needs and health and social care service are struggling to meet the demand. A strong and sustainable Age UK operating across Coventry & Warwickshire will be a key partner in supporting and enabling older people to enjoy later life.”
The work of Age UK across the City and County includes major programmes of workshops, lunch clubs and activity sessions that help reduce loneliness and isolation.
Charity staff are based within the local hospitals and help to facilitate the discharge services to ensure that people can be settled when coming home after a stay as an in-patient.
In partnership with the County Council Age UK manages the Re-use shops at the Recycling Centres and also a number of charity retail shops.