Local groups enable people ageing without children to come together for peer support, share experiences, obtain information and work with local organisations to ensure that the needs of people ageing without children are included in policy, planning and services for older people.


Organisations wanting to set up groups can download our guide for organisations here - Guide to Running groups for people ageing without children

There are informal AWOC groups in different parts of the country and if you would like to explore forming a new one or help in finding a group close to you, please contact us through our Facebook group. Each group runs independently and controls its own agenda. The four largest are:


Spurred into action by a meeting with Kirsty Woodard in the summer of 2015, we held an AWOC workshop in the York 50+ Festival that September, and then convened the first AWOC York meeting in January 2016. We have continued our monthly meetings at the Cross Keys Pub in Goodramgate ever since, alternating between afternoons (2 - 4 pm) and evenings (5.30 - 7.30 pm). The pub have kindly provided the room free of charge which is key to the whole enterprise!

Speakers have shared information and entered into lively discussion on issues such as wills and powers of attorney, advance decisions, health and wellbeing, dementia, homeshare, de-cluttering, alternative funerals, telecare, first aid, volunteering, neighbourhood support etc. It’s all grist to the mill!

We meet for a snack lunch at the pub before afternoon meetings and enjoy a curry or wherever the fancy takes us after evening meetings. Getting to know one another socially helps to build relationships which will hopefully lead to peer support in time of need.


For more information:


or call Sue Lister, AWOC York        Coordinator, on 01904 488870 


The Leeds group has been meeting since 2014 and has focussed primarily on organising information sessions on topics relevant to people who are AWOC. The volunteer steering group also works with local service providers to raise awareness and educate about best practices. 


Since March 2020, we have shifted our attention to meeting online to discuss issues that are important to us and offer each other support. Please check out our Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/awocleeds or get in touch at awocleeds@gmail.com  

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We are a local group that meets the third Wednesday of the month 2 – 4pm at:


Equality Together, Manningham Mills, BD9 5BD


The group is open to all those ageing without children; this includes:

· Those without children

· Those whose children live far away

· Those who are estranged from their children

We also welcome organisations that wish to work positively with those ageing without children.

For more information please contact Rachel on

positivemindsbradford@gmail.com or phone 07742 521 787 or 

visit www.positivemindsbradford.weebly.com/



The issue of people ageing without children was brought to our attention by Patricia Faulks, a resident in East Lindsey and someone who is ageing without children.  TED Ageing Better in East Lindsey are working with Patricia and others to develop information and support for people who are ageing without children locally and further afield. 

Our AWOC group meets via ZOOM fortnightly on a Tuesday 4.30pm – 6pm. Group members help develop the content of the meetings, including a timetable of guest speakers who work positively with those ageing without children.

If you would like to share your experiences of ageing without children, or are interested in joining the group, then please contact the TED Ageing Better team at ted@lincsymca.co.uk or Tel; 01529 301966

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