Local charity with 50 staff announces closure

29 May 2024 News

By wedninth, Adobe

Age UK West Cumbria is set to close at the end of the month, due to financial challenges.

The charity will finish operating this Friday, meaning that it is no longer able to continue offering services to older people in the area.

A statement from the charity says it has “faced a number of financial challenges” and the trustees have “made the difficult decision to cease operating”.

“We are sad and disappointed that it has come to this. As you would expect our number one priority is how we can now best support older people in the area and we are now looking at the best way this can be achieved locally,” it says.

“We are mindful that this news will be upsetting for the older people that we support, as well as our staff, volunteers and stakeholders.”

The charity said it has contacted everyone that would be affected by the news and would continue to update beneficiaries, staff and volunteers. 

It advised beneficiaries to contact the Age UK national charity.

Age UK West Cumbria recorded an income of £1.48m and expenditure of £1.44m in the year to March 2023, according to accounts filed with the Charity Commission.

The same accounts show the charity employed around 50 staff and was supported by 90 volunteers.

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