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We are the national charity for older people.

We work to improve the lives of people over the age of 50 and promote their rights and interests.

Our vision is a Scotland which is the best place in the world to grow older.

Everyone, whatever our age, has a stake in ensuring that later lives are rewarding, because this is the future each of us faces. We not only aspire to this but can contribute to achieving it. We believe life is for living, and everyone should have the opportunity to live happily and well, for as long as they can.

Our mission is to inspire, involve and empower older people in Scotland, and influence others, so that people in Scotland enjoy better later lives.

We will inspire older people by encouraging them to realise the opportunities and overcome the challenges of later life.

We will involve older people by connecting and engaging with them through our networks, and enabling them to participate in groups and their communities.

We will empower older people by helping them obtain valuable and accessible information and advice to help them understand their rights, make informed choices and access appropriate support.

We will influence others by promoting understanding of older people's rights and interests, and shape and build support for reforms to the law, policy and practice.

Trustees at staff day

Senior Management & Trustees

Our Board of Trustees and senior management team are responsible for the strategy, direction and running of Age Scotland. Find out more about the people in these roles.

Katherine Crawford speaking to TV

Media Centre

If you are planning a story on later life (aged 50+) in Scotland, we are here to help. We can provide you with a comment and analysis from an Age Scotland spokesperson, help you source interviews, and sign-post you to others who may be relevant to your

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Our history

We became Age Scotland in 2009 following the merger of Age Concern Scotland and Help the Aged. But our history dates back to 1943 when our predecessor charity, the Scottish Old People’s welfare Committee, was set up.

No Time To Lose

Our strategy

No time to lose: Our 2022-25 strategy sets out eight key ambitions we want to achieve in the next three years. It is informed by the experiences of the people we support and driven by insight.

Stuart Purdy at annual conference 2022

Annual Reports

Read our trustee reports and published financial accounts