Surrey Heath Age Concern (SHAC) is an independent, local charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) working in the borough of Surrey Heath. We are not part of or connected with Age UK.
All residents of the Borough can request help directly and our services are drawn upon by local Social Prescribers from both the NHS and Local Authorities. Our charity currently consists of 9 trustees, 4 part-time staff and approximately 120 volunteers.
Our services are free to all users. We are funded by grants from Surrey Heath Borough Council, grants from other organisations, legacies from local residents, charitable donations from local businesses and individuals and some income from The Rainbow Café. We have an active fundraising team.
“To replace loneliness and isolation with happiness and laughter, for every vulnerable older person in the borough of Surrey Heath”
Aims and Objectives
- To provide services to enhance the lives of older people in the borough of Surrey Heath.
- To help older people overcome social isolation and loneliness.
- To help improve the physical and mental health of older people.
- To enable older people to live independently and remain in their own home for as long as they wish to do so.
- To seek the views of older people in order to identify the services they need the most.
- To work in partnership with other voluntary organisations and statutory authorities in order to provide “best value” to our service users.
- To be aware of the changing needs of older people in order to be innovative and forward thinking.
- To secure financial stability for the organisation in order to maintain current services and develop new services.
Services Currently Provided and Future Plans
- Visiting and Befriending Service.
- Information and advice service.
- The Rainbow Cafe in Camberley town centre.
- Tea and Chatter parties for the over 70’s operating across Surrey Heath.
- Tea and Memories held on Tuesday afternoons at the Rainbow Cafe.
- Occasional social outings.