About us

Supporting older people for over a century

What we do

Friends of the Elderly is a charity that has been supporting older people for over a century.  From serving up ‘Penny Dinners’ to WW1 veterans, to pioneering innovations in dementia care, older people are at the heart of all we do.

We run care homes and day care services for older people including those living with dementia and memory impairment. We have our care homes in Bedfordshire, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Worcestershire.

Through our charitable work, we provide grants for older people living on a low income and undertake projects that support older people to live fulfilled lives.

We are delighted that Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra is our President, and that Her Majesty The Queen is one of our patrons. Support from the Royal Family has helped us raise awareness of the challenges many older people face please see more from our president here.

Our care services    Our charity work   Our vision, mission and values

Our history

We have been helping older people remain independent with dignity and respect for over 100 years.

Read more about our history

Our Patron and President

Her Majesty The Queen is our Patron while Princess Alexandra is our President.

Letter from HRH Princess Alexandra

Our people

Our Senior Management Team is passionate about our work and dedicated to providing quality services.
Senior Management Team

Our trustees are responsible for the management and conduct of the charity.
Trustees and Patrons

How you can help?

Whether you are looking for a rewarding career in care, want to take on a fundraising challenge, or are looking for a way to give back to the community through volunteering, there is something everyone can do to support older people.

Download a map of where our services are located (pdf)