Ageing Without Children




Age UK 

Age UK is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life.

Local Age UKs provide a wide range of services that can help people both in times of crisis and a longer term basis as well as offering opportunities to socialise and learn new skills. Find you nearest Age UK here

UK Co Housing Network 

Cohousing communities are intentional communities. They are created and run by their residents. Each household has a self-contained, personal and private home but residents come together to manage their community, share activities, eat together. Cohousing is a way of combating the alienation and isolation many experience today, recreating the neighbourly support of the past.


Homeshare enables two unrelated people to share a home for mutual benefit. The homesharer benefits from low cost accommodation, while the householder receives companionship and practical help in and around their home.

Benefits of Homeshare:

  • helps people who need support such as older people, stay in their own homes for longer
  • provides affordable accommodation for younger people or key workers, at a time of record housing shortages and high rent.

Opening Doors

Opening Doors London (ODL) aims to specifically meet the needs of older LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) communities and is aimed at men and women who identify as LGBT and are over the age of 50. We have members from across London and beyond.

Royal Voluntary Service 

Royal Voluntary Service is a volunteer organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain.

We support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life. Our volunteers – ordinary men and women of all ages and ethnicities – love spending time with the older people. Through them, we want to help create a society where everyone feels valued and involved whatever their age.

Independent Age

Independent Age is a charity offering free advice and information on care, benefits and social support, as well as volunteer befriending services

Alzheimer’s Society 

Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers provide both local information and over 2,000 services across England, Wales and Northern Ireland to people affected by dementia in their communities.

Gateway Women

“I set up Gateway Women in 2011 with the aim of supporting, inspiring and empowering childless-by-circumstance women. To end our isolation and create a safe place for us to talk about our situation, work through our grief and sadness and come out the other side ready to create a ‘Plan B’ for a meaningful and fulfilling life without children. One that ROCKS!”

The DoveCote

Enabling and inspiring people facing the prospect of living life without children

Wanted to be a dad

Website of Robin Hadley looking at involuntary childless men

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