This year marks our 90th birthday. To celebrate we are hosting parties across Liverpool and Sefton in September and October this year. We are encouraging local people to join in; so if you are over 75 years of age and would like to come to a party afternoon let us know on 01704 542 993. If we have too many people applying then we will draw names out of a hat.
Here is a little bit of history noting some of the achievements of your local Age Concern charity:
1928 Eleanor Rathbone sets up the first committee in the country specifically for older people.
1958 Southport Old People’s Welfare organisation was launched
1968 3 day centres organised a ‘Holiday for the Housebound’ scheme, and the success exceeded all expectations. One lady aged 82 was asked how long it had been since she had had a holiday, to which her reply was “Eh; bless you; I’ve never had a holiday in my life”.
1970 Age Concern operates 41 lunch clubs, with 3,000 lunches being served each week.
1972 The name Age Concern was adopted to replace the National Older People’s Welfare Council.
1973 ’Continuing Care’ project began at Broadgreen and Sefton Hospitals, hoping to improve hospital aftercare services that sometimes did not arrive on time and often not at all.
1988 Age Concern Liverpool opened a 6 bedded residential home for older people with a functional mental illness. This was part of the Care in the Community strategy to close long stay hospitals.
1990 A 12 bedded nursing home was opened in Aigburth for older people with a mental health diagnosis. Liverpool Chinese Good Neighbour Service established and a Somali Day Centre opened.
1994 Rally held at St George’s Hall to demand an end to pensioners being short-changed. An increase in the level of the basic pension was the main demand. This Rally formed a part of Age Concern’s national campaign about the effect of poverty on older people.
1999 Active Age Centre opened, a flagship facility offering a wide range of social learning and leisure opportunities.
2001 Age Concern Southport employs its first paid manager and commences offering a drop-in information and advice service
2002 Age Concern Southport launches its first walking group
2003 Age Concern Southport launches 2 new services: counselling and befriending
2006 Age Concern Southport starts an IT support service for older people
2008 Age Concern Liverpool and Age Concern Southport merge, creating a single charity, covering a larger geographical area; Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton.
2011 Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton elects not to join AgeUK but to remain a local independent Charity providing services to local people. NHS Sefton awards the charity a grant for a befriending and re-ablement service in Sefton to reduce social isolation amongst local older people and to assist recovery after illness or a spell in hospital.
2012 A partnership with Macmillan results in establishment of a cancer support service for older people across Merseyside.
2013 A Home Care and Support Service is started to provide personal care and help with shopping and cleaning
2014 Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton is proud to be admitted to the Liverpool City Council Freedom Roll of Associations and Institutions also known as The Freedom of the City.
2018 A new nurse led Dementia Day Care Centre offering 125 places per week is launched in Clubmoor. A City Region Older People’s Forum is initiated in partnership with pensioner organisations from right across the City Region.