Age UK Solihull (formerly known as Age Concern Solihull) was set up in 1983 and only had two members of part-time staff.
The charity implemented many of its core services which are still recognisable today such as the Information and Advice Service.
In the 1990s the Information and Advice service became an independent and flagship service for the community helping many local older people in need of our help and support.
Age UK Solihull also had its 10th Anniversary celebrations and a tea dance was held at Solihull Banqueting Centre.
The 'On The Move' Transport campaign was supported by the charity's three vehicles and buses aimed to help older residents carrying out daily activities such as shopping.
In 2010 Age Concern and Help the Aged joined forces to become Age UK. Age UK Solihull became brand partners with the national charity Age UK. Other than the name change, our purpose remains the same; to be there for all local older people that need our support.
Our Home Support Service was set up to help give older people personal assistance, helping people with a wide array of activities such as cooking, cleaning and shopping.
The Information and Advice Service still continues to grow, receiving a total of 33,000 contact calls and working in conjunction with 16 organisations to provide a quality advice service to older residents and carers.
We now have three shops in Solihull who are a vital source of income for our charity.
2013 was a very important year for Age UK Solihull as it was our 30th anniversary. Former Fundraising Manager for Age UK Solihull, Emily Cooper (pictured below), organised many events to celebrate the charity's birthday and bring in vital funds. For 30 years we have help to improve the lives of many older people in Solihull and continue to do so.
With this in mind we launched our Pearl Donor Appeal was a way to bring in new supporters of the charity. Solihull has the biggest population of older people in the whole of the West Midlands and without regular donations we would not be able to offer the services we have today.
In March 2016, we moved premises after 15 years at The Priory, due to the Touchwood Shopping Centre expansion. Our new base is now in the redeveloped Solihull Central Library and Arts Complex known as The Core. Please make note of our new phone numbers: Age UK Solihull Telephone List