We're a local charity working in the community to support older people, their families and carers. We want everyone to be able to love later life.
Who we are
Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne is an independent local charity covering the areas of Faversham, Sittingbourne and Teynham. Here's a little more about the history of these three centres that make up Age UK Faversham and Sittingbourne today:
Age UK Faversham has been providing services for older people since 1958 and the Middle Row premises has been our headquarters since 1963.
We have seen many changes over the years and have expanded from the two front rooms, to filling the whole Middle Row building, and developing the adjacent old fire station in 1994.
Heather House Day Centre is the result of more than 50 years of effort by the people of Sittingbourne and Swale district.
Age UK Sittingbourne was originally known as the Old People’s Welfare Committee and there were years of fundraising before it was possible to have a day centre.
The first day centre at London Road was recognised as an interim step, but it provided the necessary experience to set up a new centre in Roman Square in 1981.
In November 1988 the Roman Square centre was demolished as part of the new leisure complex and Age UK Sittingbourne, then Age Concern Sittingbourne, moved to new premises in the Avenue of Remembrance and retained the same name, Heather House.
The Belle Friday Centre in Teynham has been providing a full day care service since 1990.
Where you can find us
Our main offices are in Middle Row in Faversham and at the Avenue of Rememberance in Sittingbourne. For more information on how to contact us and interactive maps showing where you can find us, visit our contact us page. If you'd like to know more about our shop at Middle Row in Faversham, visit our charity shops page:
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.
Age UK Faversham is supported by grants from Kent County Council for some of its services. These grants help the Trustees to employ well trained staff to deliver a professional service to older people.
We work in collaboration with other Age UKs in our locality and work closely with Kent County Council to deliver a variety of services to older people.
What we do
We give advice
Our Information and Advice service helps people across the area with a wide range of issues.
We offer home help
Our AgeUcan service provides help and support for you to stay independent in your own home.
Our befriending service provides companionship for older people and helps reduce social isolation and loneliness.
We provide activities
Our Day Centres in Faversham, Sittingbourne and Teynham provide social opportunities in these areas.