Age UK Wolverhampton's new city centre base was officially opened last week by trustee Shirley Tilson, who has worked for the charity for older people for more than 30 years.

Shirley performed the opening ceremony at the Wulfrun Centre with Councillor Linda Leach, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Services, on Friday (10 January, 2020).

Councillor Leach said: “I was delighted to be part of the formal launch of Age UK Wolverhampton’s new venue. It is great to see services such as this in the Wulfrun Centre; it’s a really good location, so close to the new market and the tram and bus stations – and I know that many more older people are already using Age UK Wolverhampton’s services since they relocated here. 

“We are pleased to have been able to support Age UK Wolverhampton into its new home which demonstrates the council's continuing support for the charity and indeed the wider voluntary sector. 

“While we can’t always provide direct financial support we do try to provide support in other ways in recognition of the work and contribution that essential services such as these make to our city.”

The new office at 32 Wulfrun Way is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.30am until 3pm and provides services to Wolverhampton residents aged 50 and over.

The move was prompted by the need for Age UK Wolverhampton to save money and secure its short term future, and also kicked off a year of fundraising by the charity. 

Age UK Wolverhampton provides vital support, advice and information to around 3,000 older people in the city each year, in a large part thanks to the support of around 100 volunteers who give their time to help make older people’s lives better.

Vice-Chair Anne Bailey said: "It's been a very difficult few years for the charity, but we have been determined to find a way to keep the service going, because there are so many older people in the city who need us.”