The Third Age Project was established twelve years ago in January 1997 to serve the needs of 1 in 4 of the local population who are over 60 years of age. It moved into its present home at the Crypt Centre in April 1998 following extensive refurbishment made possible with funding from the government Single Regeneration Budget (SRB), Church Urban Fund and St Mary Magdalene Church. Over the last 12 years it has become an important and popular facility within the borough of Camden and widely recognised as a successful multicultural community resource centre. The Third Age Project is both a company limited by guarantee registered number 047105685 and a registered charity number 1108521.
The Project was originally set up to mainly serve the immediate neighbourhood of West Euston in the London Borough of Camden but now attracts older people from across the whole borough. There are, however, certain services principally our therapy services and our Good Neighbour Scheme support that is only provided to the local area. Our target groups are older people mostly over 60 years of age who are on low income, live on their own, are social isolated and suffer from a long term health condition or disability. The Project works closely with the West Euston Time Bank (a recently established independent sister organisation and charity) that has members of all ages, backgrounds and ethnic origins which promotes intergenerational relationships and stronger communities through use of time credits and debits.
The West Euston community covers a highly diverse population of about 12,000 people and is notable for having the highest proportion of its population over 60 and for those in poverty and on low incomes many suffering from some form of permanent disability. There is a significant and increasing proportion of older people especially of Bengali and South Asian ethnic origin and who suffer from poor health. There are limited opportunities within the community for cross cultural and inter generational activities and although there is no community centre building as such there are several community venues utilized by the project.