Age Exchange merges with Community Integrated Care

Photography - Nick Harrison

South-east London based charity Age Exchange has become a subsidiary of national health and social care charity Community Integrated Care (CIC).

The move means both organisations can increase their reach and CIC develop its existing dementia care services.

The charity supports over 3,500 people with a range of care needs including disabilities, mental health needs, autism and dementia, employing over 5,500 staff throughout England and Scotland.

Age Exchange, which is based in Blackheath, provides dementia support services to people living with the condition, including the ‘reminiscent arts’ approach to helping them unlock their memories.

It is run by 16 staff and 100 volunteers.

The charities have said no staff or organisational changes will be taking place following the merger, which took place at the end of the July, and as a subsidiary, CIC will keep its identity, board of trustees and governance agreements.

Age Exchange chief executive Rebecca Packwood said: ‘We set out to find a national partner that provided both the infrastructure we needed to grow and synergy in terms of values and ambition – CIC was the perfect candidate. This partnership will allow us to replicate the work we do in our Blackheath centre across the UK, dramatically increasing the number of beneficiaries we are able to reach.

‘CIC will benefit from our expertise in reminiscence arts, allowing it to further develop its award-winning dementia services using Age Exchange’s impactful strategies, which are the blueprint for the ambitious plans for this partnership.’

Mark Adams (pictured), chief executive of CIC, added: ‘Having already successfully ventured into dementia and reminiscence projects to improve the lives of people we support, our partnership with Age Exchange will now allow us to further improve those projects by sharing knowledge, learning from Age Exchange’s industry-leading strategies and expanding our offer to deliver genuine social impact to communities across the country,’ he said.