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Age UK is inextricably linked to the upheaval of the Second World War. The war made life more difficult for older people in many ways but also revealed their existing problems, particularly the unsuitability of Poor Law provision.

  • Steering Committee established 1987
  • First Director appointed May 1989
  • Age Concern Hillingdon inaugurated 1989.
  • Hayes Charity Shop and Uxbridge Information Shop opened October 1990.
  • First offices in Horton Road, West Drayton opened December 1990.
  • Moved to Brooklyn House, West Drayton in December 1994.
  • Moved to Globe House, West Drayton in October 1999.
  • Moved to Chapel Court, Hayes in February 2010.
  • New brand was created for merged Age Concern and Helped the Aged - Age UK in April 2010
  • Age Concern Hillingdon became Brand Partner of Age UK and changed its name to Age UK Hillingdon - April 2010

History of Age UK

The Early Years


In 1940, representatives of national voluntary bodies concerned with older people and government departments were called together to a conference to consider these issues. This led within a year to the formation of the Old People's Welfare Committee chaired by Eleanor Rathbone. The Committee quickly gained official recognition. In 1944, the OPWC adopted the title National Old People’s Welfare Committee (NOPWC) to distinguish it from the growing number of local committees. The NOPWC agreed upon a model constitution for local OPWCs, deciding that their functions would be to co-ordinate and facilitate local action.


The dawning of the welfare state in the 1950s did not impede the development of either the NOPWC or the OPWCs. Money became available from local and central government to fund their work. Between 1950 and 1952, the number of OPWCs rose from 378 to 831. In 1955, the NOPWC became a Council rather than a committee to emphasise and explain its co-ordinating role. The number of local committees continued to grow in the sixties and the NOPWC was active in “Pioneer Work”, developing new services.

1971 - 1999

Since its inception, the NOPWC had been an associated group of the National Council of Social Services. In 1971, it became completely independent. The new name of Age Concern was adopted, to be carried alongside the constitutional title of NOPWC. The great majority of local groups gradually began to use the name Age Concern. They benefited from a unified image, a well-known public name and a name which correctly suggests that they are no longer simply co-ordination bodies but also instigators and providers of direct services.

2000 onwards

A major review of Age Concern England was undertaken over a period of several years. The process was designed to equip Age Concern to face the challenges of the next century. The exercise culminated in the establishment of Age Concern, the federation in June 2000.


New brand was created for merged Age Concern and Help the Aged - Age UK in April 2010.