The origins of Age Concern started in Britain following the Second World War, when family mechanics changed arising out of conscription and life became more challenging for older people, as many found themselves separated from their families and loved ones.  With this in mind, voluntary and government organisations set up an Older People’s Welfare Committee which later became known as the National Older People’s Welfare Committee.  In 1944 the committee (NOPWC), started to co-ordinate local organisations for the benefit of older people.  From the 1970s the NOPWC became independent from the government and the recognisable brand name of Age Concern was adopted, with around 1000 branches nationwide.

Age Concern Slough was founded in 1979.  1980 saw the charity expand its operations and further lunch clubs were set up in Slough, notably the Maria Cowland Centre in Cippenham.  In addition to this a charity shop in Farnham Road, Slough was also opened, which allowed much needed funds to be generated on behalf of the organisation.  Later that year a Home Visiting Service was also established, giving help to local older people in their own homes and allowing them greater independence.

The 1990’s was a period of great expansion for the charity with new lunch clubs opening in Langley, Colnbrook and Stoke Poges; two new charity shops were also opened, along with a handy person service.   In addition to this the charity also received funding for a ‘Home from Hospital’ service, an advice and information facility and advocacy. 

Going in the millennium, the organisation continued to expand with a shopping service and a health activist.  With such a wealth of services on offer, our facilities and resources were required beyond the local boundaries of Slough and so in 2007 the charity made the move to expand to surrounding areas and changed their name to ‘Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East’ to reflect this.  In 2008 the growth of the handy person service meant that the charity was able to set up a separate trading company, known as ‘Handy Help Ltd’.  This company not only provided revenue for the charity, but also offers high quality home services such as plumbing, gardening etc from professionals approved by the charity.

In 2008 Age Concern England, the national federation announced plans to merge with Help the Aged to form the national charity Age UK.   This merger went ahead in 2009, however Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East made the decision to remain an independent charity, with the feeling that if the charity did join Age UK, it would lose its local focus and autonomy.  After all, this is what the charity is all about; Local needs. Local services. Local people.