About Age in Spain
We are a charity which provides information and support to English-speaking people in Spain and their families.
Founded by British expatriates with direct experience of dealing with the changes and challenges of living in Spain, we are available to help everyone make informed later life decisions through independent, accessible information and support. So if you are thinking of moving to Spain, you already live in Spain, or wish to help someone who does, our services are for you.
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.
Judy Arnold-Boakes MBE.
Founder of Age in Spain
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, which receives no government funding and we are dependent on public support. We would particularly like to thank our volunteers, Age UK, the Soldiers Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Seafarers UK for helping us on this journey.