‘Difficult’ year ahead for local Age UKs, warns federation boss

The recently appointed chief executive officer of Age UK has predicted that this year will be particularly challenging for its network of 130 organisations.   In December, Age UK announced that it would use £5m from its reserves to support its network through winter.  Kirsty Gaskell-Sinclair, the main charity’s head of network resilience, also revealed that three local Age UKs closed in 2021 because of a challenging economic climate.  But speaking to Civil Society News earlier this month, chief executive Paul Farmer said he is “hopeful” that there will be no further closures in the foreseeable future.  “I’m sure a number of local Age UKs will find this year very difficult but our plan is to make sure we’re working as closely as possible as we can together. I’m hopeful that we won’t lose any,” he said.  – See more at: Civil Society News