Age Concern conducted a feasibility study to look at setting up an Older People’s Forum. A steering group of 10 to 12 older people was set up and began exploring the most appropriate way to represent older people.

The group met on a regular basis to look at the issues affecting older people in Gateshead.


We became an independent organisation known as Gateshead Forum for Older People, with financial support from Help the Aged.


At the request of Gateshead Council we became an Assembly which is a great achievement and testament to the hard work of our volunteers.

April 2014

Gateshead Older People’s Assembly became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. This is as the result of a decision made by the Assembly membership in October 2013 in order to give our Trustees a greater level of protection.