Our History

Upper Norwood Association for Community Care (UNACC) was founded art_class smallin the 1970s following an in-depth survey into the needs of older people in Upper Norwood. It was registered as a charitable organisation in 1972.

Its modest beginnings included a ‘drop-in’ and advice centre supervised by the former Manager of the local Social Security Office together with experienced volunteer staff, and sponsored by the local MP for Croydon.

It soon became apparent that there was a need for a lunch club, and UNACC has since expanded to offer a wide range of activities and outings as well as continuing to provide a safe and inclusive meeting place for people over 50.

The centre is open to older people of Upper Norwood. Both members and volunteers come from the boroughs of Croydon, Bromley and Lambeth.

Our Aims

UNACC promotes any charitable purposes that benefits people aged 50 and over in Upper Norwood and surrounding areas. In particular it promotes education, healthy living and the relief of poverty, distress, sickness and isolation.

During our 30+ years history our major achievement has been to develop and fully integrate an active social centre offering a wide-ranging choice of healthy living activities for people over 50, enabling to them to remain in their own homes and thereby retaining a degree of independence.

We believe we provide an essential service to the neighbourhood to prevent loneliness and depression and are proud to enable volunteers to extend friendship and practical support to people who would otherwise be isolated in the local community.

Our people

Who’s who on the Management Committee:

Chair Barry Hackett
Vice-chair Daniel Blake
Secretary Lynda Charles
Trustees Sophia Yearwood
  Shirley Douthwaite
  Mukesh Chauhan
  Jennifer Flynn
Centre Manager Natalie Fernandez
Admin Roberta Gallinari
Newsletter Distribution Officer and Office Support Jean Pietru