HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron of Age UK, embraced his inner digital champion today at the official opening of Tavis House, the new hub for Age UK, the Charity dedicated to improving later life.
HRH joined Age UK’s Joint Internet Champion Margaret Goodwin on a Skype call to the man with whom she shares her Champion status, David Howe in Devon. HRH and the Internet Champions discussed the Champions’ role with Age UK in helping to encourage their peers to log on and explore the web.
Margaret Goodwin commented: “Meeting the Prince of Wales was wonderful, it was great to be able to talk to him about the role of the Internet Champion and what we have been doing to help Age UK get more people in later life online.”
HRH also took part in a spot of competitive New Age Curling with a group from Shepperton, Surrey. New Age Curling, a game that has been specially adapted to suit people of all fitness levels and to encourage movement and social interaction, is part of Age UK’s Fit as a Fiddle programme. The game champions physical activity and well-being in people in later life and has exercise groups across the country.
HRH was joined by Age UK celebrity ambassadors Lionel Blair, Sylvia Syms CBE and Diana Moran, and met staff, volunteers and beneficiaries of Age UK during his visit. HRH was welcomed by the Chief Executive of Age UK, Tom Wright CBE, Dianne Jeffrey CBE Chair and staff from HRH’s Charity PRIME, which is dedicated to finding employment for people over 50.
As well as being the new hub for Age UK, Tavis House is also home to local charity Age UK Camden, PRIME and HelpAge International. Age UK Camden provides advice, counselling and computer training services, as well as basing its back office staff. Age UK Camden’s Gary Jones said: “We are delighted to be based in Tavis House as an older people’s hub led by Age UK and run services for Camden residents in great facilities. As part of the opening event, HRH Prince Charles met some of our local team including two advice service users, and took a great interest in our work.”
Tom Wright, Age UK’s Chief Executive, said: “Today has been a day of celebration at Age UK, officially opening the new hub for staff, partners and older people and being able to share that with our Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales. It was very rewarding to see so many people who have been involved with Age UK or helped by it in some way, coming together to celebrate the opening of Tavis House. These are very exciting times for the Age UK and Tavis House will provide further support to the people we serve.”
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