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We're a local charity working in the community to support older people, their families and carers. We want everyone to be able to love later life.

Who we are

Age UK York is an independent local charity. We've been working in the local community to help older people for nearly 50 years. We have 100 dedicated staff and over 400 volunteers helping us to deliver services and activities for older people in York.

Where you can find us

Our  office is based in Walmgate and we have a number of charity shops across York.

Visit our contact us page

Visit our charity shops page

How we are funded

We rely on your support to keep serving the community. We are supported by donations from the public, income from our charity shops, and some charitable grants.

Other services include our befriending service, helping people after a stay in hospital and holidays for older people.

Age UK York encourages older people to speak out about local and national issues. We are here to make more of life in York.

We are supported by

City of York Council

NHS North Yorkshire and York
The Rotary Club of York Vikings

Talks and training

Age UK York is willing to talk to groups, schools and other interested bodies about our work and the wide range of issues that affect older people.

For more information, please call our Chief Officer on 01904 627995

Board of Trustees Age UK York

The role of the trustees is to serve on the governing body of the charity.
The trustees have and must accept ultimate responsibility for directing the
affairs of the charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well run, and delivering
the outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up.

Age UK York currently has five trustees including the Chair, Vice—Chair, and
Treasurer. A past member of the Board also acts in advisory role on legal
matters. The Chair and members of the Board serve for three years, and
elections take place at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board meets bi-monthly, and is attended by all trustees, the Chief Officer,
and senior members of the charity. ln addition, a Finance Management
Committee meets between each Board meeting to report on and action
financial and trading matters.

The trustees of Age UK York are all actively involved in the support of the key
activities of the charity.

Derek Bottomley  

Business background in Retail Marketing.Initially in Store Management with Marks and Spencer for ten years before joining Asda on the foundation of the Company. Held positions as Head of Marketing and Planning over 25 year period.  On retirement from Asda was Director of a privately owned retail company for three years before joining Oxfam as Head of Retail Marketing.
Have been Business Mentor with The Princes Trust (voluntary) for the last 12 years.
Studied part-time at the University of Leeds - awarded BA(Hons)2003.


Helen Vos 

Helen VosLived In York since 1988.  Medical doctor (retired).
University: Jesus College, Cambridge & Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge
General Practice & Old Age Psychiatry.
Trustee since October 2008. Currently, Vice Chair.



Rosemary Suttill 

Rosemary SuttillI’ve now retired as a senior manager at York Citizens Advice Bureau. I’m secretary of the York Open Planning Forum and a member of the Heworth Planning Panel. I have a long history of voluntary work in York and overseas.
I have interests in York’s history and in social policy following study at the University of York where my doctoral thesis was on the relationship between the voluntary sector and the state.




Hilary Henderson

Volunteering is in my DNA! I was brought up in a family who volunteered and went to a Quaker school where volunteering and service was a vital part of the ethos.

My degree course was in Social Administration, which demanded that each summer holiday students had to pursue work experience in an aspect of social work or social policy; three sessions in all.

Throughout the various strands in my career, I was involved in charitable work and volunteering. I have had a  wide range of experience in the roles I have undertaken, which involved Organisation and Methods at Rowntrees; Teaching in a variety of primary schools, ending up as a head teacher; and Customer service in an administration support role,this also required staff induction and staff development.

When I retired, I naturally wanted to persue my volunteering. At that stage I applied to Age Concern, York, where I helped in the administrative office. Later I became involved in Befriending and Net Neighbours. At the same time I became a volunteer with Friends of York Hospitals, there I was ward support coodinator and later a volunteer coordinator, as well as being a Trustee.

These strands have prepared me to take my place as a Trustee at Age UK York, with responsibility for HR and volunteering.

Become a Trustee

As you can see our Trustees are from different walks of life and backgrounds. You may already know about the activities of organisations such as Age UK York through your own experiences or those of people you know.  If you are interested in becoming a trustee and would like to know more, please contact Sally Hutchinson Chief Officer of Age UK York on 01904 627995