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Age Concern Chatham

Age Concern Chatham is a stand-alone independent not for profit charity. Rapidly gaining the reputation as a youth club for people aged 50+, we offer a diverse range of community-based services not only at The Hopewell Centre but directly in the community to promote safe and independent living. Our enablement services are Medway-wide and The Hopewell Centre, is a purpose-built centre which offers a warm and friendly environment for people to drop in for activities and services, meet and make friends over tea, coffee, lunch (cooked fresh on site daily) or a snack and to participate in activities for physical and mental well-being.

Activities and services include:

  • creative dance classes
  • accredited chair-based and otago exercise programmes to increase muscle power, strength, stamina and balance to prevent falls and fractures
  • new age kurling and carpet bowls
  • motivation brain training workshops
  • hand bell ringing workshops
  • memory book workshops
  • cookery workshops
  • access to computers with large keyboards and touchscreens
  • Wii and DS Lite Gaming
  • in-house entertainment, talks, games and quizzes, visiting artists
  • events, family and celebration days
  • freshly cooked two-course meals, breakfast, snacks and refreshments
  • trips and outings to places of special interest
  • pub lunches, cinema, shopping and seaside trips
  • gift, cake, tuck and homemade greeting card sales
  • craft and gardening groups
  • knitting nanas group
  • hairdressing
  • footcare (includes diabetic appointments)
  • bathing and showering
  • domestic care, help with household tasks and shopping
  • carers' flexible day care respite
  • Admiral Nurse Carers Group meetings
  • advisory services, signposting to specialist services
  • in house clinics: falls prevention, law, welfare benefits and Hi Kent hearing
  • Tai Chi sessions.

We have a community team who have mobilised into hard-to-reach areas for the benefit of individuals who are isolated, without relatives close by. Our dedicated team of staff and volunteers are enablers, trained and qualified to deliver services for the benefit of older people.

All staff and volunteers must undergo reference and criminal record bureau checks to be able to work with vulnerable older people. We also encourage our staff to ask for specialist tuition in all areas of the ageing process. Enablers must enjoy working with, and listening to older people. We value feedback from our clients so that we can be assured we are providing the services they need and want. New visitors are always welcomed, invited to drop in, and are given a tour of the premises and comprehensive information.  Staff are happy for people to drop in to see for themselves. unannounced, and are always ready to answer questions you may have.

The Hopewell Centre is a great place to volunteer and volunteer staff retention is excellent. Age Concern Chatham offers placements to local universities and health and social care college students who work alongside our skilled and trained staff to learn about the age process and how to put older people at the centre of their care.

Age Concern Chatham treats everyone as an individual, with dignity and respect, and aims to enable people to retain skills for safe and independent lives. It values feedback as it helps the charity to improve its services and to develop new programmes of interest. 

To book a taster day or a home visit, phone 01634 811938 or email