Our Roots

Agewell was established in 1998 by a small group of volunteers in Sandwell, West Midlands.

We were an initiative within the NHS funded by Sandwell Primary Care Trust. We built up a reputation as a trusted voice for older people, challenging the way health and social care services were commissioned and delivered, ensuring older people themselves were involved in the decision making process and listened to at an early stage. And it worked!

Our members represented the views of older people at a strategic level, sitting on various boards and committees for all sorts of issues affecting older people’s quality of life including equality and diversity, safeguarding, mental health, community safety and safety at home, housing, health,  transport and many more.

A new era began in April 2013 as we launched ourselves as an independent social enterprise. Our new structure as a Community Interest Company (CIC) means that any surplus funds generated as a result of our business activities are reinvested to benefit people aged 50 and over.

Being an independent organisation brings more opportunities for us to expand our areas of expertise, introducing new services and extending our geographical reach.

We are actively looking for new members, volunteers, befrienders, partners and commissioners to join us and work with us. Together we can make a lasting difference to the lives of even more older people.