How we began
Our charity was founded in 1948 and adopted the name Age Concern Somerset in 1972. In 2009 the national Age Concern body joined forces with Help the Aged to form the new national charity - Age UK - in 2010. We joined the Age UK family in October 2010, but we remain autonomous and independent. Age UK Somerset is the largest charity working with and for older people in the county, and we are responsible for raising all our own funds.
For some services, we negotiate agreements with local authorities, health trusts or social services. For others, we bid for grants from charitable trusts and foundations. There is a charge to clients for some services. We also receive commission on trading products and share profits from the charity shops run in Somerset by Age UK. Donations are received from individuals and clubs and as legacies in people's wills. If you know of a fundraising opportunity or would like to help, for instance by running an event, please contact us.