HelpAge global network members in Europe

HelpAge global network members in the European Union are based in the following countries:

Croatia | Czech Republic | Denmark | Finland | Germany | IrelandItaly | Malta | Netherlands | Slovenia | Spain | Sweden | Switzerland | United Kingdom


Croatian Red Cross Society City of Valpovo

The Croatian Red Cross City of Valpovo is a branch of the Croatian Red Cross and wider Red Cross/Red Crescent movement. The branch was established in 1880 and has a team of 15 staff and 96 volunteers. Ageing is a priority area of work, with programmes to reduce older people's social exclusive and to ensure dignified ageing. 
The Croatian Red Cross City of Valpovo became a member of the HelpAge global network in November 2018. 

Czech Republic

Zivot 90

Established in 1990, ZIVOT 90 is a civil society organisation working with and for older people in the Czech Republic. Their main goal is to create change and improve older people's quality of life.

Zivot 90 raises awareness of older people's issues in the Czech Republic by disseminating relevant information and knowledge. They work closely with government ministries and organise conferences on ageing issues. They have also participated in a working group to address the social exclusion of older people.

Zivot 90 was involved in the formulation of the Czech National Programme on the Preparation for Ageing. This document covers older people's needs and is supported by all ministries of the Czech government.

Zivot 90 became a member of the HelpAge network in 1990 and an Affiliate in 1992. They have been involved in the Age Demands Action and Linking Lives campaigns and the MIPAA +10 Review. 



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Beauty of Help Foundation ("Nadace Krása Pomoci" in Czech -NKP)

The Beauty of Help Foundation (NKP) was established in the Czech Republic in 2008 to provide support for older people, especially those vulnerable or isolated. It supports the development of home-based care services in the country and to reduce the number of older people forced into residential institutions.

NKP has built up significant expertise in the area of home-based care, and has developed a programme to fill gaps in the Czech Republic's social service system. It is also involved in campaigning and advocacy, fundraising, supporting other NGOs in the country concerned with older people, and providing other services related to health, care and social protection.

Beauty of Help Foundation became a HelpAge global network member in 2018.



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Globale Seniorer

Globale Seniorer is a civil society membership organisation founded in 2013 to strengthen the rights and wellbeing of older people at a global level. It aims to influence policymaking through networking, advocacy and awareness-raising.

The Danish organisation is made up of working groups on specific themes, such as developing countries, human rights and globalisation.

Globale Seniorer became a HelpAge global network member in 2016.


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DaneAge Association

Established in 1986, DaneAge Association is a not-for-profit, membership organisation. Their mission is to fight for a society in which the person is more important than the person's age.

DaneAge advocates for a society without age barriers and ageism, adequate pensions for retired people and a healthcare system without age discrimination. They also provide support and counselling to help older people make informed decisions concerning finances and housing arrangements. 

In 2007, DaneAge collaborated with Care Denmark on a project to support vulnerable older people in Vietnam.  From 2008, DaneAge has collaborated with Dane Church Aid to establish self helps groups with older people in Kyrgyzstan.

DaneAge also collaborated with the Danish Refugee Council to help older migrants and refugees in Denmark, focusing on removing language barriers and overcoming loneliness and financial problems.



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Valli - the Union for Senior Services

Valli is the Union for Senior Services, a Finnish membership association established in 1953 with over 60 years of experience providing services to older people; and working within the framework of evolving national government policies relating to old age. Collectively, Valli members provide services to 20,000 older people in Finland annually. Valli has both the recognition and the proven ability to reach and influence high-level national politicians and decision-makers.

Valli has valuable knowledge and experience in areas related to HelpAge's global actions, including around health, care, social protection, gender and equality. To date collaboration has included connecting HelpAge with the government of Finland and with Finnish United Nations officials at the highest level through meetings, seminars and events in Finland and in New York.

Taking part in Age Demands Action since 2012 under the campaign name Occupy Your Own Age, Valli has enabled the coming together of eight organisations of retired persons to promote nationwide attention to good ageing; brought together citizens and decision-makers; and attracted substantive media coverage and funding for events. Valli also launched the Global AgeWatch Index in Finland in both 2013 and 2014; has contributed papers to national and international publications, and has taken key messages for the post-2015 work into Finnish government and UN agencies.



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HelpAge Deutschland                           

Established in 2005, HelpAge Deutschland (HAD) raises awareness about ageing and development in Germany. Another of their goals is promoting the social, economic and cultural rights of older people in the developing world.

HAD is the only German NGO which focuses on ageing and development. They work closely with the German Government and civil society organisations.

HelpAge Deutschland has been a HelpAge global network member since 2005 and since 2009 has shared its visions, mission and brand.

They have worked on HIV and AIDS prevention with MUSA in South Africa and trained older people in disaster prevention with RIC in Bangladesh among other projects. 

HAD also informs the Federal Government and the European Union on issues of ageing and development and raises awareness in Germany of older people in developing countries.   


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Age Action Ireland

Age Action Ireland is Ireland's leading charity working to improve the quality of life of all older people and their carers.

The aim is to achieve fundamental changes in the lives of all older people by empowering them to live full lives as actively engaged citizens. Age Action Ireland is a charity which promotes positive ageing, better policies and services for older people. 

To provide the best quality of life for older people in Ireland, the organisation supports older people to secure their rights, represent their interests and obtain the services they need.

Age Action became a HelpAge global network member in 2004. In 2009 it appointed a global educator to promote awareness of ageing in developing countries within Ireland, and works closely with HelpAge and Irish Aid on the development of this programme.

Age Action Ireland participates in the annual campaign Age Demands Action.


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HelpAge Italia Onlus

HelpAge Italia Onlus is a non-profit NGO established in Italy in 2017 that works specifically with older people in the country who may be disadvantaged due to physical, mental, economic, social or family circumstances. The organisation works to protects the rights of these people to help ensure they have a healthy, safe, and economically-dignified life.

The organisation is active in the social and health sectors to promote the autonomy, social inclusion, and physical and economic security of disadvantaged older people, as well as seeking to combat and overcome abuse and discrimination.

HelpAge Italia Onlus conducts research, advocacy, policy influencing and campaigning on other issues that impact older people and ageing, such as disaster risk reduction and climate change, social protection and HIV/AIDS.

It was founded on the principles and values of HelpAge International.

Help Age Italia became a HelpAge global network member in 2017.


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Caritas Malta

Caritas Malta was established in 1968 to alleviate poverty, and promote human development and social justice in Malta. It has a specialised unit for helping older people.

Caritas Malta works with disadvantaged people and to empower them to develop their own incomes and helps to restore their sense of responsibility in building a better society.


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World Granny 

Established in 2004, World Granny is a non-profit organisation that empowers older people, eliminates extreme poverty in developing countries and raises awareness of older people's issues.

World Granny works with local organisations in the developing world. Their international partners are mostly other members of the HelpAge global network.

HelpAge International and World Granny have worked together on a number of projects including areas such as social pensions, fundraising and health.

Other World Granny international projects include providing shelter for the homeless in Ethiopia, promoting healthy and productive lifestyles in Peru, securing access to health insurance in Bolivia and supporting older people to claim their rights in Laos.

World Granny also works closely with other Dutch organisations, such as Cordaid and Wild Geese.


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Slovene Philanthropy

Slovene Philanthropy is a non-profit and non-political organisation, established in 1992 to develop and promote humanitarian activities in Slovenia.

They support a voluntary network for humanitarian assistance in Slovenia and encourages voluntary work to assist vulnerable groups.

Slovene Philanthropy's main strands of work are carried out through three centres: the Centre for Promotion of Voluntary Work, the Centre for Psychosocial Assistance to Refugees and the Centre for Promotion of Health.

Slovene Philanthropy collaborates with the Slovene Association of Pensioners on projects such as the "Elderly for the Elderly", which aims to improve the quality of life for older people in their homes.

Slovene Philanthropy has been working with HelpAge International since 1993 and became a HelpAge network member in 1996. They have also participated in several Age Demands Action campaigns. 


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HelpAge International España

HelpAge International España was established in 2009. The three main aims of HelpAge International España are to raise funds from the Spanish public for HelpAge's work, raise funding for HelpAge's programmes from institutional donors and raise awareness among the public and the private sector on issues of global aging

HelpAge International España has built up a donor base of regular givers and has worked closely with AECID, the Spanish government's aid department to mobilised valuable funding for humanitarian work in Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Colombia.

HelpAge International España joined the ADA global campaign in 2011 and works with UDP, the biggest older people's association in Spain with over 1.5 million members, to put older people's rights on the agenda.

HelpAge International España became a HelpAge global network member in 2012.




Pensionärernas Riksorganisation

Pensionärernas Riksorganisation (PRO) is the largest pensioners' organisation in Sweden and is an influential advocate for older people within Sweden, but also a strong and well-connected voice on ageing issues in the Nordic region.

PRO was established in 1942 and has from the beginning been a non-party actor in Sweden - today with a member base of almost 400.000. Throughout its history PRO has been focusing both on advocating for improved rights and services for the older population in Sweden as well as providing services and activities for its members.

HelpAge International's relationship with PRO dates back to 2006 and links have been gradually developed since then. The collaboration has focused on how to bring global ageing and development issues into the heart of PRO's plans and activities. In 2013, this resulted in the establishment of PRO Global - an association within PRO responsible to promote this international programme of work for the organisation.

PRO became a member of the HelpAge Global Network in 2013.



Kwa Wazee Switzerland

Kwa Wazee Switzerland was established in 2004 to support Kwa Wazee Tanzania in the rural Muleba District, which had just started with cash transfers for extremely poor older people and children in their care.

Based on the obvious effectivity of social pensions and child benefits the number of beneficiaries was gradually increased to around 1,100 households in 2012. Intergenerational approaches like the formation of mutual support groups of both older people and people in their care and special health initiatives aim to further strengthen the selfhelp capabilities. As older people's issues continue to be marginalized a special focus is put on research, networking and advocacy.

Evidence from Kwa Wazee's field experience has been most valuable in supporting HelpAge's advocacy work. For example, the programme itself and key findings from the evaluation report 'Salt, soap and shoes for school' produced in 2008 in cooperation with HelpAge were discussed in an influential meeting on social protection in development cooperation at the European Parliament in 2011.

Kwa Wazee participated actively as a partner in the first HelpAge regional network meeting in April 2011 involving all of our European Affiliates. The organisation has very close project partnerships with HelpAge's country office in Tanzania and with EU Affiliates such as HelpAge Deutschland and World Granny. Kwa Wazee were represented in Osnabrück at the HelpAge conference in December 2012 aimed at building political support in Europe for stronger international instruments on older people's rights.

KwaWazee's national contacts and knowledge have also supported HelpAge International's preparation for meetings with the Swiss Agency for Development.

Kwa Wazee became a member of the HelpAge global network in March 2013.


United Kingdom

Age International

Age International was established in 2012 by HelpAge International and Age UK to raise awareness of ageing and development in the UK and to raise funds for the development and emergency relief work of HelpAge.

Age International also undertakes influencing and advocacy activity in the UK to ensure that older people's needs are met in emergency situations, as well as in longer-term development programmes.

It is part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), a network of humanitarian agencies in the UK. And it is a member of the Age UK family, the UK's leading organisation focusing on the needs of older people.

Age UK (as Help the Aged) was a founder of HelpAge International in 1983.



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Centre for Policy on Ageing

Established in 1947, the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) was set up by the Nuffield Foundation to focus on the needs of older people.

Today, CPA's work is primarily directed towards informing and influencing service providers. They aim to discover and advocate what older people themselves want and need.

CPA is an independent centre of research and reference that aims to formulate and encourage policies that enable a full life in older age. They also promote debate about ageing, raise awareness of older people's needs and spread good practice. 

The Centre's objectives are realised through the Policy and Research Department, the Library and Information Service and CPA Publishing.

CPA's work covers a range of issues including health and social services, residential and community care, religious belief, living arrangements, transport, citizenship and leisure activities.

CPA has been working with HelpAge International since 1989 and became a HelpAge global network member in 2004.


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