It was founded in 1948 and for most of its life it was a small organisation operating from an office in Eastbourne and providing a limited range of services. In 1999, as a result of a large donation from a local resident (Mrs Patricia Venton), it opened the William and Patricia Venton Centre in Eastbourne town centre and since then it has grown considerably. In 2011 we decided to become independent when Age Concern and Help the Aged merged to form Age UK.
Age Concern Eastbourne runs a wide range of services:
At the William & Patricia Venton Centre: This is the main base and HQ of the Charity. In the Centre is a Café; hairdresser; manicure; massage; chiropody/nail cutting; hands on healing; head massage; reflexology; aromatherapy; handicrafts; French conversation classes; poetry circle; tai-chi; extend exercise; belly dancing; travel club; outings; day club; dementia day club; cyber café; lesbian and gay older persons group; grandparents as parents group; information and help desk.
Also available are Eastbourne Shed, allotments, Spanish classes and Fri afternoon movies.
In the Community: We operate a Home from Hospital Scheme; a Welfare Rights Information Service; shopping transport trips; reminiscence groups, a befriending scheme and have five charity shops.
Age Concern Eastbourne has just under 200 volunteers who regularly give their time and skills to the services provided by Age Concern Eastbourne. Volunteers work in three main areas of work – at the Venton Centre, in the community or in one of our charity shops. We are always pleased to welcome new volunteers.