Read about the history of Age Concern Croydon and Age UK Croydon.
A small steering group of interested people from the Croydon community started working together to create an information and advice service for older people in Croydon.
In November 1995 the operation started as Croydon Council on Ageing, based in an office suite. With a bus stop right outside the door bringing people into the main Croydon shopping centre, it gave easy access to those living in the densely populated North of the Borough in particular.
The organisation started with two full time staff, part time administration support and two volunteers, and progressed to opening three days a week meeting clients and taking telephone enquiries as a strong volunteer workforce was rapidly built up.
Later renamed Age Concern Croydon, we continued to grow dramatically. In November 2009 we opened a second office in Katharine Street, central Croydon (opposite the Town Hall and Clocktower) and in July 2010 we changed our name again to Age UK Croydon, in partnership with the national Age UK charity.
In August 2011 our London Road office was damaged in the Croydon Riots.
Towards the end of 2010 we were approached by the board of the Thornton Heath Darby & Joan Club with a view to merging the two organisations. A formal merger took place in November 2011, and the Darby & Joan Club premises in Brigstock Road became our Thornton Heath office. In May 2012 our London Road office was closed, and most of the services that had been provided from there were moved to Brigstock Road.
We aim in due course to offer Information & Advice outreach sessions from our new offices and to offer space for small meetings. The Scratchley Community Hall which is part of the new premises continues to run a variety of activities and social events.
Since 1995, we have tirelessly worked to promote independence and choice for the older people of Croydon. We have developed services to reflect the ever changing needs of the community and to ensure the voice of all older people is heard.
We currently employ 19 office based staff, only one full time and 18 part-time, across 13 projects. Plus an ever growing number of Zero Hour Contractors and more than 50 volunteers.
Services are delivered from both sites, Brigstock Road and Katharine Street as well as an ever growing number of outreach venues delivering services in all wards of the borough. However, if you would like to tell us about other services you would like us to provide, please contact us on:
Tel: 020 8680 5450
Fax: 020 8288 9229
See also our archive of news items, grouped by year.