Age Concern (Chelmsford) is a small independent charity first established over 60 years ago to provide a Luncheon Club and the opportunity to participate in other social activities. These include:
• bingo twice a week,
• arts, craft and crochet classes,
• a number of outings to the coast and other attractions during the year,
The charity was established for use by the older residents of Chelmsford and the surrounding district and is the successor organisation to Chelmsford Old Peoples Welfare Committee which was originally founded in 1948
Our Day Centre offers light refreshments in the morning and provides a freshly cooked nutritious two-course meal at a very reasonable cost. We operate five days a week throughout the year, excepting the normal Bank Holidays at Christmas and Easter.
As far as we are aware, Age Concern (Chelmsford) is one of only one or perhaps two organisations in the Chelmsford City Council’s area offering a daily meal to our older residents. There are similar organisations that offer meal facilities but these only operate once a week or once a month.
We are currently preparing and serving something in the order of just under 4,800 two-course meals annually, including a small number of meals for staff and volunteers.
Age Concern (Chelmsford) provides a portal to Age UK (England) for our service users through the regional charity, Age UK (Essex) and national level. Although the charity is named “Age Concern (Chelmsford), we are not federated to or part of the national charity “Age UK (England)” although we enjoy a cordial relationship with the Essex regional charity.
We provide leaflets and advice on a whole range of issues of importance to the elderly and as mentioned above we also have good links and act as a contact point for a whole range of support services Age UK (England) are able to offer
We work closely with a number of other organisations linked to the elderly including the Mid-Essex Stroke Club (who use our premises for their weekly activities), Hearing Help (Essex) Dial-a-Ride and Community Transport.
In August 2006, we started providing lunch and meeting facilities for the Royal Association for Deaf People whose own lunch club in adjoining premises has had to close. About 35 of their members come to us for lunch currently twice a month and we continued to provide meals for them during 2016 and will do so again in 2017 From time to time classes to teach British Sign Language (BSL) are also held in the premises on a Friday evening.
Our organisation offers opportunities for persons to become involved as volunteers or Trustees and to contribute to the valuable work we do. We have provided work experience opportunities for students of Chelmsford College as part of their Health and Social Care course. We have strong links with the Chelmsford Council for Voluntary Service.
We have previously worked with Essex Police Training Centre and provided community based “on the job” training facilities for Essex Police. Probationary police officers spend a couple of days with us as part of their structured training course.
We have participated, with similar organisations to our own, in a joint project with the Public Health and Protection Service Department of Chelmsford City Council and the Food Standards Agency in carrying out reseach into food safety in the home and the nutritional needs of the older person. One of our Trustees is a Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, formally Head of Environmental Health (Commercial) with Westminster City Council.
Our facilities meet the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act in that the main dining / meeting / activity room, lounge area, sanitary accommodation including a purpose designed disabled toilet, are all at ground floor and on one level and the upper meeting room can be accessed by a stair lift.
Our catering facilities, food safety and food hygiene practices have been rated "5" (Very Good) under the Food Standard Agency's Food Hygiene Rating Scheme and are inspected annually by the City Council.
Age Concern Chelmsford
17 Cottage Place