Age UK Mid Mersey

About

Age UK Mid Mersey (formerly Age Concern Mid Mersey) believes that older people deserve high quality professional services and activities throughout their later years and the organisation is committed to making sure that it can make later life a fulfilling and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Services

St Helens Advocacy & Information Resource (SHAIR) – open to people 18+

Free, confidential and impartial service helping people make informed choices to improve their lives. Service offers practical support to claim benefits; also information, advice and advocacy on a wide range of issues.  Drop-in service available.

Supporting People Affected by Cancer (60+)

Practical and emotional support to older people 60+ diagnosed with cancer.  (In partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support).

Money Advice Service (50+)

Free, confidential and impartial service that can help with everything from budgeting to borrowing, savings to mortgages.  Contact a trained Money Advisor for an appointment.

Trust Matters Counselling Service (50+)

A free professional counselling service with a counsellor who will listen and help you explore and understand your feelings.

Befriending (50+)

A free befriending service for those who are isolated. There is also a national Age UK telephone befriending service “A Call In Time”.

Helping Hands (50+)

Help with small one-off jobs such as changing light bulbs & chair covers, moving furniture, loft clearing, fridge defrosting and other small handyperson task in the home.  Free service; donations welcome.

Home Energy  Checks (50+)

Free home visit to older vulnerable people giving advice on reducing energy usage and where appropriate installation of small energy saving equipment.

Positive Living Community Day Centres (65+)

Offering companionship, activities and general support, with refreshments and lunch also available.  Everyone is encouraged to join in where possible – essential and valued volunteers on hand to encourage and support if needed.  There is a charge for this service.

Dementia Cafes

An opportunity for carers and people living with dementia to get together on a regular basis to enjoy peer group support in a social setting.  Age UK Mid Mersey can also help people access other services and activities.

 Lifestyle Activities

The Mansion House offers a number of activities such as floristry, machine knitting, mixed crafts, gentle (chair based) exercise, line dancing, tai chi, tea dances, yoga, Zumba gold.  Currently (through an “Inspire & Include” project) there are a range of other activities on offer such as badminton, tennis, Strictly Dance Step, walking football and Nordic walking.  There is a charge for these activities.

St Helens Senior Voice

Age UK Mid Mersey provides administrative support for the St Helens Senior Voice Forum.  

The St Helens Senior Voice Forum is a group established to provide a collective voice for older people in St Helens and to influence and encourage the development of services which improve the quality of life of all older people.  Membership of the forum is free.  Contact the Older People’s Forum Officer (Andrea Thomson) for further details.   Contact 01744 414439 or email seniorvoicesh@gmail.com

How to Access

The SHAIR advocacy and information service & Supporting People with Cancer Service is open Monday-Friday (9 am – 5 pm) with a drop-in service available 9 am – 4 pm. You can also enquire via phone on 01744 454530 or via email to enquiries@aukmm.org.uk Home visits may be arranged for those who are housebound. Also, the national Age UK advice line (0800 169 6565) is open 365 days a year for information and advice.

For Money Advice please contact 01744 454530.

For further information about any of the other services please contact 01744 752644.

Type of Organisation

Local charity (no.1003476) under the umbrella of the national Age UK Charity organisation

Contact

Age UK Mid Mersey, The Mansion House, Victoria Park, City Road, St Helens, Merseyside, WA10 2UE