To enable all English-speaking older people to lead fuller lives in Spain.
To empower all older people to lead fuller lives as actively engaged citizens in Spain and provide access to appropriate services and support according to their changing needs, whilst protecting their human rights.
We help British and other native English speakers to know their rights and make the best choices for later life.
Health and care
We put people in control of the care they receive, while sharing best practice to improve services.
We tackle loneliness, get older people active, and support people to stay independent for longer.
Campaigning & research
We run campaigns and conduct research to help make later life better today and tomorrow.
Policy and practice
We work with other organisations in Spain, Europe and internationally to:
share best practice
ensure that the voices of older people are heard
improve social cohesion and the contribution of older people in society
What we do.
In the 1980s, our founder Judy Arnold-Boakes and her husband Jim, formed their first welfare organisation for English speaking people in Spain from their home in Mallorca. They had discovered after moving from the UK to Spain themselves, that for some English speaking people, life in the sun wasn't always easy - language could be more than a communication barrier and the loss of a partner or sudden change in circumstances could leave people isolated and vulnerable.
They decided to help and O.A.S.I.S (Overseas Assistance and Support in Spain) was the founding organisation for Age in Spain.
By 1992, the cost of living in Spain was rising rapidly and many people who had retired to Spain on a fixed income, particularly from the UK, found that they could no longer manage, especially when they needed care and support at home. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK charities brought Spanish and UK organisations together in a Symposium where Judy was a guest speaker. There was a need for a national focus to provide information and co-ordinate help. O.A.S.I.S took up the challenge and in partnership with Age UK (then Age Concern England), established Age Concern España - a national information and support service, with volunteers recruited from throughout Spain. In response to local demand, local Age Concern organisations were established to help connect people with information and support in their area.
Demand for the national information and casework service grew and in 2011 it became a separate organisation called ACASA (Age Concern Acción Social y Asistencial) as a result of a new partnership with Age UK and the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
We changed our name to Age in Spain in 2016 to enable us to reach out to more people. Our website and Facebook page are helping us to connect with people who are considering a move to Spain, people who live in Spain and their families and friends. We work with charities and organisations in Spain and the UK. Together we combine knowledge and experience to help English speaking people in Spain and their families.
We are still a very small organisation and we are dependent on public support.
We would particularly like to thank our volunteers, Age UK, the Soldiers Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund for helping us on this journey.