To listen to and represent the views of older people in Gateshead
To be a source of information for older people in Gateshead
To improve the quality of life for older people in the community and in care
Our beneficiaries are all people over the age of 50 who live in Gateshead. These are the criteria that need to be fulfilled in order for someone to become a member of Gateshead Older People's Assembly. We have a very large membership which is always increasing.
The Assembly is governed by a board of 12 trustees, all of whom are over 50 and who live in Gateshead. The board of trustees, made up of volunteers, provides strategic guidance and unique insight into the needs of the charity's beneficiaries - this is because the trustees are members and beneficiaries themselves. A charity that is governed by a board of trustees who are also the charity's beneficiaries is very rare and gives the Assembly an unrivalled perspective on the issues facing older people in Gateshead and across the UK.
Our organisation has existed since 2002 and has established a strong network regionally and nationally. After an unsettled period in 2014/2015 we moved to Deckham Community Centre where we are now based. The centre now provides older people with a central hub for a range of physical activities, a community cafe which provides many volunteering opportunities, and a place for learning and enrichment. This allows Gateshead Older People's Assembly to help older people from Gateshead to live fuller lives.
In addition to the activities taking place at the charity's base in Deckham, the organisation has lots of welcoming friendship groups across the borough which exist to help tackle loneliness and isolation and to provide a platform for the charity's beneficiaries to develop stronger relationships and to try a range of new activities.
Mission, Vision and Values
To be the recognised provider of support and to be the voice of older people in Gateshead by communicating, providing relevant services and representing the views of our beneficiaries
In three years’ time, Gateshead Older People’s Assembly will be known by EVERY older person in Gateshead as the best place for advice and assistance, and will represent older people at all levels.