In the 1980s, our founder Judy Arnold-Boakes and her husband Jim formed the 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) became 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.
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.
Judy Arnold-Boakes MBE. Honorary Vice President.
We changed our name to Age in Spain in 2016 to enable us to reach out to more people. We help people who are considering a move to Spain and those already here to plan ahead and live later life in Spain to the fullest. 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.
Today, Judy lives back in the UK and we continue to keep in close contact.