Age UK Milton Keynes is a local independent charity
Together we can improve later life for everyone in Milton Keynes
Call us on 01908 550700
Who we are
Age UK Milton Keynes is an independent local charity. We have been working to improve later life in the borough of Milton Keynes for over 40 years. We have a dedicated workforce of around 250 paid workers (mostly part-time) and 400 volunteers who provide services and support to older people in Milton Keynes.
Age UK Milton Keynes works with and for older people to make a real and positive difference that contributes to their wellbeing and quality of life. On Tuesday 1st June 2010 we changed our name to Age UK Milton Keynes, having joined the Age UK partnership formed from the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged. We continue to share the same values, standards and overall aims: to help all older people make more of life.
Where you can find us
Our main office is based at The Peartree Centre, 1 Chadds Lane, Peartree Bridge, Milton Keynes MK6 3EB. Our smaller centre and cafe in The Food Centre, 791 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3JT has now closed.
How we are funded
It costs over £120,000 a year to run our free Information & Advice Service which handles around 6,100 enquiries every year. In the financial year ending March 2018 our advisers helped older people in the borough of Milton Keynes make successful claims for approximately £1.5 million in welfare benefits as well as resolving matters which were causing real anxiety. Over 50% of our income is raised by our shops and this, and donations and fundraising activities, enables us to provide free Information & Advice, Advocacy and Befriending services. Charges for our other services (domestic cleaning, shopping, toenail cutting, sitting service, gardening and handyperson and the Peartree Memory Clubs) are kept as low as possible and aim to cover our costs, sometimes making a small surplus. The charge at our Lunch Clubs is supported by around £25,000 every year from general funds.
The support of individual donors and fundraisers, as well as contributions from local businesses is absolutely vital. 69p of every £1 raised is spent on charitable activities, enabling the charity to support some of the most vulnerable people in Milton Keynes. Money raised in Milton Keynes stays in Milton Keynes.
Age UK Milton Keynes is working in partnership with the Open University to support their research and benefit our clients.
Dr Jitka Vseteckova is giving a series of public talks on "Ageing Well" at The Library, OU Walton Campus. Five short films can be viewed here.
Dear Di and the Memory Club team
Now that mum is going into a care home I am writing to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the wonderful experiences you gave her during her time at the Peartree Memory Club...I have some lovely memories of the activities and seeing mum very happily taking part - she really blossomed at the Memory Club with your kindness and nuturing...Please pass on my thanks to everyone involved. I am sad that this chapter is closing and will miss the friendly faces and supportive helpers, but I'm happy knowing that lots of others will benefit like us.
Daughter and carer of club member