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Spotlight on the Sponsor - Age Concern Central Lancashire

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Spotlight on the Sponsor - Age Concern Central Lancashire

Age Concern Central Lancashire was founded in 1981 and has deep-rooted connections to the city of Preston and county of Lancashire.  Across the decades the charity has expanded throughout the county and developed an award-winning reputation as Lancashire’s most innovative and outcome driven older peoples charity. 

Age Concern Central Lancashire is not part of Age UK but is Lancashire’s local and multi-award winning older people’s charity having been awarded the following in 2020;

The Lancashire Business View Award at the Red Rose Awards 2020

BIBAs Business Hero Award 2020

Highly Commended by the High Sheriff of Lancashire

The Most Creative use of Lockdown Award at the National Charity Retail Awards 2020

2021 represents the charity's 40th anniversary and over the years it has gained invaluable experience in helping folk to live well and age well, enabling people to live well with memory concerns and dementia, reduce loneliness and isolation, secure benefits and provide a wills service amongst a range of wider support designed to promote positive and healthy ageing.  

Age Concern Central Lancashire is known for pushing boundaries and punching above its weight and across its 40 year history the charity estimates it has;

Spent £42,400,000 on charitable activity in Lancashire supporting older people

Supported over 1 million people

Received support from over 11,000 volunteers contributing over 2 million volunteer hours to the charity, equating to over £10.6million pounds

Secured over £10million in benefits for older people that will have been spent within the local economy

As part of its expanding business model portfolio; Age Concern Central Lancashire is increasingly working with purposefully driven organisations across Lancashire and the North West to connect businesses and positive social impact to achieve regenerative growth across the county.  The charity’s expanding Patron’s Community includes organisations such as Electricity North West, United Utilities and Cadent Gas who have teamed up with Age Concern to reach and support greater numbers of people across Lancashire through additional community outreach projects such as a Mobile Advice Centre and the funding of additional ‘boots on the ground’.  The Patron’s Community also includes businesses within education, the legal and energy sectors and specialists within technology development.     

At its core; the charity are dementia specialists and its award-winning dementia services are tailored to the needs and preferences of those diagnosed with dementia and memory concerns whilst offering support, guidance and compassion to their family and carers. Within its bespoke facilities, Age Concern focuses on positive activities, social interaction and help to maintain daily living skills through a wide range of therapeutic activity programmes and innovative approaches and never before has there been greater need for these services within Lancashire.

Estimates suggest that 15,500 people are living with dementia within Lancashire, a figure set to increase to 21,472 by 2025 and Age Concern is committed to reaching and supporting as many people as possible over the coming years through a range of increasingly innovative and accessible services.    

As sponsors of the Enterprise Vision Awards Retail Business Award; Age Concern Central Lancashire is all too familiar with the highs and lows of high street trading and therefore has great affinity with the awards finalists within the Retail category.  Since opening its first shop in 1983 the charity has gradually expanded its portfolio to include seven, soon to be eight, shops and is now driving increased e-commerce trading across its website and a number of digital selling platforms and as those who speak Lanky twang would say “that’s reet gradely!”  

Throughout its 40th anniversary year, which represents a significant and extremely positive milestone for the charity,  Age Concern is being supported by a growing number of ‘Age Is Just A Number Ambassadors’ who represent all that is positive about ageing and who are role models for others to follow.  The charity’s Ambassadors will be celebrated as the year progresses and alongside a growing number of supporters, are helping to raise funds towards Age Concern’s 40th Anniversary fundraising target of £40,000.  To date; £20,000 has been raised at the hallway mark and you too can support these fundraising efforts on the night of the EVAs and afterwards via the charity’s website.

On behalf of everyone at Age Concern Central Lancashire, the charity wishes you all the best of luck at the EVAs and above all else, hopes you have a great night of fun and festivities after what has been a tough stretch for everyone!      

To find out more about Age Concern visit: www.ageisjustanumber.org.uk/ or to donate visit: www.ageisjustanumber.org.uk/get-involved/donate/

Author: Suzanne Carr of Age Concern Central Lancashire