We are the main county-wide charity supporting older people in East Sussex. Our vision is that East Sussex is a great place to grow older. We are independent, locally-focused and led by the needs and aspirations of those in later life.
Who we are
Age UK East Sussex is an independent local charity. We've been working in the local community to help older people for 70 years. We have 40 dedicated staff and over 190 amazing volunteers helping us to deliver services and activities for older people in East Sussex.
Where you can find us
t: 01273 476704
54 Cliffe High Street
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 chairty shops and some charitabale grants.
East Sussex is a great place to grow older.
To enhance the quality of later life for people in East Sussex by:
- Working with people in later life to identify and respond effectively to their expressed needs and aspirations
- Representing people in later life
- Promoting a positive image of later life
- Being a sustainable charity and social enterprise
- Working with relevant organisations with complementary aims and values
- respectful – We treat others as they would want to be treated
- inclusive – We work together, we involve and we consult
- positive – We welcome challenges and celebrate achievements
- realistic – We are open and truthful, whilst remaining ambitious
- solution-focused – We ensure that what we do makes a real difference
- expert – We strive to be the best at what we do
- empowering – We support others to achieve their goals
We celebrate the fact that the proportion of the county's population over pensionable age is 23.7% of the total population. This is substantially higher than the regional and national averages of 17.8% and 17.0% respectively. Moreover, the relative size of the population aged over 75 years is higher than in any other county in England and Wales.
The county’s population is expected to age considerably over the next twenty years. As a result, the proportion over retirement age is projected to increase year on year to over 35% by 2026.
Currently there are around 10,000 people living with dementia (including those who are not yet diagnosed). This figure is projected to rise to 13,000 in 2021 (an increase of 30%).