How we got our name
In 1947 National Older peoples Clubs were formed throughout the UK. In 1948 the Great Yarmouth Branch was formed. The name AGE CONCERN was first used in 1971 and Great Yarmouth took the name Age Concern Great Yarmouth in 1987. All Age Concerns are independent charities. In September 2017 the Charity decided to change its name to AGE CONNECTED, continuing to support people aged 50 years and over.
AGE UK and where we sit
AGE UK is a registered charity which was formed in February 2009 combining the previously separate charities of Age Concerns and Help the Aged to form the UK’s largest charity for older people. The new brand was launched April 2010. AGE CONNECTED is a friend of AGE UK and supports their work and campaigns.
The shaping of Age Connected
AGE CONNECTED (formerly as Age Concern Great Yarmouth) has been successful with two Big Lottery Reaching Communities Awards. The second in 2015 enabling the Charity to continue to deliver and expand its services supporting people aged over 50 years and living in the borough of Great Yarmouth. The fund supports 3 full time staff, a Services Manager, an Older People's Development Worker and an Admin/Finance officer. All services are supported by volunteers. The aims of the Charity is to develop services, provide information, offer trips and outings, all of which to help reduce loneliness and social isolation and increase the independence and well being of older people in the community, supporting happier, healthier lifestyles and positive ageing.
Our Mission Statement
“Working for the well-being of older people throughout the Borough of Great Yarmouth and to help make life a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience."
Meet Our Trustees
Anne Edwards. Joined 2017
Hello my name is Anne Edwards and I have been Editor of the Great Yarmouth Mercury for nearly 16 years, I moved here from Newcastle, but have worked all over the country since 1970.
Always had a soft spot for Yarmouth as my family holidayed here for two weeks every year all through the 1950's and the mid 1960's.
I live in Southtown, Great Yarmouth, and take an interest in the community, what's going on etc. When the Acorn Centre opened I realised I needed to help spread the word about what it can offer to the older person - not only companionship but laughter, activities, signposting and is in itself a community.
By Becoming a Trustee I hope I can bring a fresh set of eyes and bags of ideas to encourage more people to make use of this wounderful facility - unique in the town and borough.