Age UK was formed following the merger of two national charities, Age Concern England and Help the Aged.  It was felt that these 2 charities spent too much time competing with each other, and that by joining forces, they could become a much stronger voice of older people and give them more support. 
There were over 400 Age Concerns across the country, and each one is a separate autonomous charity.  They are all different, some with paid staff, some without.   Each charity had its own area of remit and could only raise money and spend money in their own local area.   This enabled each charity to meet local need and therefore provide the
services that local older people want.  

All Age Concerns were invited to join the Age UK brand, and two different levels of membership were offered.  Only one of these levels allows the name to be changed from Age Concern to Age UK

The Trustees of Age Concern New Forest, like many others across the country, had to look at all the options open to us before deciding which one to take.  Their first priority was the people we serve—and the option we decided to take had to allow us to continue with the work that we do. 

At the end of 2012 Age Concern New Forest decided to join Age UK at the lower level of membership (a Friend of Age UK).  This means that we do not change our name and continue to work in the same way, but with a close working relationship with our local Brand Partner (the higher level of membership) who is
Age UK Southampton

Age UK is a national organisation, and money raised by them will be used nationally and internationally. 
Please feel able to contact the office if you have any queries or concerns.
 All local Age Concerns and Age UKs will continue to work locally, and have their own areas of remit - providing services locally and raising and spending money in their own areas. 

 Age Concern New Forest on Facebook

If you require copies of our latest annual report, please contact the office on 02380841199 and we will be pleased to send you one. 


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