Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Christmas Fair: Colchester Charity Update

The Secret Vintage Fair are thrilled to be supporting Age UK Colchester for the next fair on Saturday 29th November at a secret location to be revealed on Friday 14th November in the Gazette.  We spoke to the Age UK Colchester tea to get a bit more nformation about who we are supporting this time round.

Independent Charity
Although known as Age UK Colchester the charity is a small, independent charity affiliated to the national body and is responsible for its own finances and fundraising. It receives a small grant from Age UK England and another small grant from Colchester Borough Council but must raise the rest of its funding itself and is therefore heavily reliant on donations and grassroots fundraising. Where applicable charitable grants are applied for but in the current economic climate these are increasingly hard to get. 

Age UK Colchester operates a number of services to benefit the older people of Colchester and its surrounding environs, including an Information Service; an Advice and Advocacy Service; a Consumer and Energy Advice Service; a Legal Advice Surgery; an Osteopath Surgery; and various social clubs and activities throughout each month as well as hosting a Toenail Cutting Service. Some of the social clubs and activities operate on a weekly basis, such as the social drop-in coffee mornings, Chairobics fun seated exercise sessions, Men in Sheds venture and a knitting group at the Waiting Room, where all ages welcome. Other groups include Activ8 and two Knit and Natter Groups. A befriending service is also in the process of being set up. 

If you would like to know more about our services or are interested in becoming one of our volunteers, without whose loyalty and dedication the charity would not be able to function, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01206 368420 or email

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Thanks to Age UK Colchester for telling us a bit more about the support they give. We are thrilled we can help continue a local independent charity to grow and support the community.  Please do like them on Facebook and come along to the fair to help us raise as much money as possible for them (a percentage of the door fee and 100% of raffle proceeds go to Age UK Colchester on the day).

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