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We're a local charity with a national name giving local older people help, support, advice and a voice in their communities around Leicester, the County and Rutland.

Who we are

Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland is an independent local charity with a national name. We work in the local community to help older people live happier, active, fulfilled and socially-engaged lives in communities around the City, County and Rutland. 

Vision and Mission

We are a voluntary organisation that exists to promote the well being of all older people by helping to make life fulfilling and enjoyable.

Our organisation is committed to the welfare of older people to maintain their dignity and recognise their value as individuals.

We believe that dignity, privacy and independence can be preserved by providing opportunities for older people to develop new skills and knowledge, form and continue friendships and to have their views listened to, accepted and made known.

Our main aim is to develop sufficient and relevant services that reflect the needs and wishes of older people living in the city of Leicester and counties of Leicestershire & Rutland.

How we are funded

As an independent local charity we rely on your local support to keep serving the community. We are supported by donations from the public, legacies, corporate partnerships, income from our charity shops, and charitable grants from trusts and foundations.

The History of Age UK

Our charity has existed as various charitable entities supporting local older people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland since 1952. We became Age Concern in 1971 and then joined with Help the Aged in 2009 to become a brand partner in the Age UK network.

1941 - The National Older Persons Welfare Committee (NOPWC) was formed to address the hardship and poverty that became apparent for older persons during the Second World War.

1950s-60sWith the advent of the welfare state, government funding became available to fund work with older people. The NOPWC coordinated and facilitated work of an increasing number of committees.

1971The NOPWC became independent of government funding. Local groups took on the charity name of Age Concern or Help the Aged.

1984The first Help the Aged shop opened selling second hand goods.

2000sAge Concern groups came together to work as a federation. Age Concern England supported local groups with nationwide policy and campaigning. Local Age Concern / Help the Aged groups remained independent and autonomous.

April 2009Age Concern England and Help the Aged joined together to create a new charity dedicated to improving later life for everyone.

April 2010The merged charity was rebranded as Age UK.