16. Other useful organisations
1–6 Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9NA
Provides information and advice for older people in the UK. Age UK has been created by the merger of Age Concern and Help the Aged.
Your local CAB can provide information and advice in confidence or point you to further sources of support. Trained CAB advisers can offer information on benefits in a way that is easy to understand. To find your nearest CAB, look in the phone book, ask at your local library or look on the website. Opening times vary.
Care Quality Commission CQC
National Customer Service Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA
Regulates, inspects and reviews all adult social care services in the public, private and voluntary sectors in England.
Elderly Accommodation Counsel (EAC)
3rd Floor, 89 Albert Embankment
London SE1 7TP
EAC is a national charity that aims to help older people make informed choices about meeting their housing and care needs. They offer two services: the EAC Firststop advice line, offering information and advice to people about housing and paying for care, and the housingcare.org site, which enables people to search for care homes and for domiciliary care in their area.
6 Avonmore Road
London W14 8RL
Provides an information and advice service for older people, their families and carers, focusing on social care, welfare benefits and befriending services. They also offer local support, including one-to-one and group befriending schemes.
Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA)
The Society of Later Life Advisers, or SOLLA is a not-for-profit organisation which can provide information on accredited financial advisers who specialise in later life matters.