Our mission is to promote the well-being of all older people and to help make our later lives a more fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

Charitable Objects: to promote the relief of older people in any manner which now is or may be deemed by law to be charitable in and around the districts of West Devon and Torridge [called the area of benefit].
Principles
Values and principles underpin what we do, why we do it, and guide how we work to achieve our mission.  Our underlying principles are:
  • ageism is unacceptable: we are against all forms of unfair discrimination, and challenge unfair treatment on grounds of age
  • all people have the right to make decisions about their lives: we help older people to discover and exercise these rights
  • people less able to help themselves should be offered support: we seek to support older people to live their lives with dignity
  • diversity is valued in all that we do: we recognise the diversity of older people and their different needs, choices, cultures and values
  • it is only through working together that we can use our local presence to the greatest effect.
Values   Our work is also guided by a set of values:

          Enabling: we enable older people to live independently and exercise choice

          Influential: we draw strength from the voices of older people, and ensure that those voices are heard

          Dynamic: we are innovative and driven by results and constantly deliver for older people.

          Caring: we are passionate about what we do and care about each individual.                                    

             Expert: we are authoritative, trusted and quality-orientated.







    About us

    Age Concern Okehampton & Torridge (ACOT) is an autonomous, unincorporated, UK registered charity, No: 1011780, which is managed by a board of trustees with diverse skills and drawn from the local area. It did not accept the invitation of Age UK in 2010 to become a friend of that national organisation as the administrative costs would have grossly outweighed any real benefits to older people. We chose instead to work with four similar local charities in Devon, Age Concern: Barnstaple, South Molton, Crediton and Exmouth; learning from each other whilst maintaining our ability to deliver services that are most appropriate to, and requested, by older people in our respective areas of benefit.

    Our main initiatives

    We offer broad support for older people in the current climate where most funding is aimed at services for the frailest and most disadvantaged. We engage with all over the age of 50, helping them to enhance the future of their lives by linking them with available help. We are always looking for new ways of supporting older people when no support is available from the government, local authorities or existing projects in the voluntary sector.


    AIMS

    We aim to help older people maintain their dignity and independence by supporting their;

    • Social needs,

    • Economic needs,

    • Cultural and Spiritual needs,

    • Environmental needs.

    We are especially concerned that everyone should have the opportunity to remain in the home of their choosing for as long as is possible.     





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