We are pleased to see the increasing global recognition that chronic disease prevention is a critical issue, especially with the inclusion of chronic diseases in the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015.
However, our work has become more urgent as the chronic disease epidemic escalates and health systems buckle under enormous financial demands.
The organisation started with two full time staff, part time administration support and two volunteers, and progressed to opening three days a week meeting clients and taking telephone enquiries as a strong volunteer workforce was rapidly built up.
Later renamed Age Concern Croydon, we continued to grow dramatically. In November 2009 a second office was opended in Katharine Street, central Croydon (opposite the Town Hall and Clocktower), and in July 2010 we became Age UK Croydon, in partnership with the national Age UK charity.