Age Concern Guernsey decides not to link with Age UK

Partnership terms would be 'too cumbersome and onerous', it says

Age Concern Bailiwick of Guernsey has decided to retain its name and not to join Age UK.

Jan Kuttelwascher, chair of the volunteer-run organisation, said Age UK’s partnership terms were "too cumbersome and onerous" for a tiny charity such as his.

"There is no hostility with Age UK," said Kuttelwascher. "It’s just that 99 per cent of what it does has no relevance to us."

Age UK, which was formed by the merger of Age Concern England and Help the Aged, has offered the 320 local Age Concerns the opportunity to become brand partners or, less formally,  ‘friends of Age UK’.

Elisabeth Davies, director of partner relations at Age UK, said in a statement: "As Guernsey is not in the UK, an amicable agreement has been reached between Age Concern Bailiwick of Guernsey and Age UK that being a local Age UK or a friend of Age UK is not appropriate in this case."

Davies said that 158 local Age UKs had so far agreed to join Age UK. The deadline to become a brand partner has passed, but organisations have until the end of October to become friends.

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