Spotlight on Suzy Barber of Age UK Camden

Here at Urban Partners, we’re committed to making our neighbourhood a better place to live, work and do business. We are in regular contact with a range of charities from the local area so we can better understand how our local businesses and employees can help them achieve their objectives.

In addition to providing details of LOCAL AREA CHARITIES, we also highlight those who have specific VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES to be filled throughout the year.

Each month, we spotlight a specific charity, in order to better educate local employees about the work they do. This month we visited the team at Age UK Camden and spoke to Suzy Barber, the Community Partnerships and Fundraising Officer.  

 

Name of Charity: Age UK Camden

Address: Tavis House, 1- 6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA

Website:  www.ageuk.org.uk/camden 

 

Overview: Age UK Camden is an independent local charity supporting older people in Camden to live happy, healthy, and independent lives. Although they’re affiliated to Age UK, the national campaigning organisation (it works like a franchise), they are the boots on the ground delivering services in the borough of Camden and have to raise funds by themselves to do so. Less than two per cent of their income comes from national Age UK.

Mission: To make sure lots of older people in the area know about their services. The people they help are usually vulnerable and socially isolated – they don’t have a family member or friend to go to hospital appointments with if they get a serious health diagnosis, or visit them if they are housebound, or help them manage their bills or show them how to go online, or have somewhere to go instead of being stuck indoors. That’s where they come in.

About: With 60 dedicated staff and over 200 incredible volunteers, Age UK Camden has been supporting older people in the local community for more than 50 years, delivering high quality, innovative services and activities for older people in Camden, including befriending, counselling, one-to-one information and advice and specialist dementia wellbeing programmes.

Success Stories and Case Study: In fundraising terms, their biggest success was organising a concert at a church in Hampstead featuring professional musicians and choirs from two local schools, to raise money for their befriending scheme NW3 Good Neighbours. The scheme supports and matches a housebound and very frail older person with little or no friends or family with a carefully selected volunteer befriender.

That week of the fundraiser, they had just heard the Big Lottery could no longer commit to funding the befriending service, which Suzy Barber explained in an impassioned speech to the attendant ticket holders before the event. One dad, who lived locally, came up to her afterwards and said he would donate £10,000, and another £10,000 annually for the next two years.

That donation helped keep the service going while they applied and succeeded in securing grant funding elsewhere. The service has now reopened and is taking new referrals.

 

How to Donate: There are several ways to make a donation:

  • You can donate online at Virgin Money Giving Page or send a cheque made payable to Age UK Camden at Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9NA.
  • You can also text to donate by sending the message AUCA18 and the amount you want to donate (for example AUCA18 £5) to 70070.
  • You could make a bank transfer to:

Age Concern Camden

Acc.No: 00091680

Sort code: 40-52-40

  • Or leave a legacy in your will.

 

How to Volunteer: Dedicated volunteers make a huge difference to the lives of older people in Camden. They have loads of volunteering opportunities including befriending, running a cookery class, helping at their charity shop and many more interesting roles that can fit in with your schedule. Please visit their volunteer page to see what opportunities are available.

How to Provide Corporate Support: Corporate support is always appreciated. Whether it’s visiting one of their day centres and running an activity with their members such as a craft session or quiz, or to do some decorating or gardening. Business staff can also organise their own fundraiser, such as a fun run, auction or cake sale.

Please email [email protected] for more information.