FOLLOWING the closure of Age Concern Northolt, Age UK Ealing want to reassure the borough that they are continuing to provide services and support to older people and carers.
Age UK Ealing were shocked at the manner and timing of the closure of Age Concern Northolt Greenford and Perivale, who are a separate organisation.
As soon as they became aware of the situation they said they made an offer of practical support.
In addition, Age UK Ealing said they complied with the council’s request to submit a proposal to continue services which were delivered by Age Concern to ensure people were catered for.
Barbara Tilley, Joint Chief Executive of Age UK Ealing, said: "Our message to residents is that we are a vibrant charity for all older people and their carers in the borough and we will continue to deliver all our services.
“We are also actively developing innovative new services which will improve the quality of life for older people allowing them to remain independent and exercise informed choices surrounding issues which affect their daily lives.”
Karen Robinson, Joint Chief Executive of Age UK Ealing, said that they suffered cuts in 2011, losing nearly 60% of funding and as a consequence valuable skills and services were lost.
She said however that staff and volunteers have worked hard to retain previous services as well as developing new ones.
She added: “Age UK Ealing continues to deliver advice and information in all parts of the borough including Northolt, Greenford and Perivale. In May we will be opening two new services at Greenford community centre and Northolt village community centre.”