Age Concern Christchurch was started as a lunch club in Portfield Hall in 1980. This valuable service to the community was started by Kay Wimshurst, a retired nurse. At that time David Fox was elected as our first Chairman.
Kay went on to organise funding for 6 ‘Pop-ins’ in the Borough, the first of which was at Priory Church House, opening in May 1985 followed by ‘Pop-ins’ at Burton, Highcliffe, Mudeford, Somerford and Walkford.
Our first charity shop was opened in Tuckton, this was run by Ruby Storey with the aim of providing finance for a mini bus etc. The second shop opened in Bargates in 2012, thanks to a legacy from Jill Suffling.
Much needed funds were also raised by selling Age Concern Insurance. This was from an office at the rear of Portfield Hall which was overseen by Len Richards.
A High Street presence was desirable and so the office was moved to Druitt Hall, which enabled us to begin an Information and Advice Service. Due to redevelopments of Druitt Hall, the I & A service now operates out of offices behind the Bargates shop.
More recently we have developed a befriending service which is proving to be very popular.