National Pensioners’ Centre

The National Pensioners’ Education and Welfare Centre was launched as a charity by Jack Jones, the National Pensioners Convention (NPC) and the Greater London Forum for Older People (GLF) in the late 1990s, with the aim of advancing older people’s education and knowledge.

Our long–term aim remains to establish a Pensioners’ Centre in London which can become a hive of information and activity for the pensioners’ movement, but on a day-to-day basis the charity’s activities include:

  • Publishing information, such as “Pauper’s Progress”, the history of the state pension
  • Holding seminars on issues such as pensions, care and age discrimination
  • Supporting and arranging training courses for older people in computer and IT skills
  • Supporting events, such as the NPC’s annual Pensioners’ Parliament in Blackpool
  • Organising events, such as the Jack Jones Annual Lecture. So far three have taken place, given by Len McCluskey, Brendan Barber and Frances O’Grady.

Membership is open to both individuals and organisations that share our aim of ensuring that older people have the knowledge necessary to improve the quality of their lives.

If you would like to become a member of the National Pensioners’ Education and Welfare Centre the annual fees are:

Individuals £10

Local organisations £25

National organisations £100

To join, please contact the National Pensioners’ Education and Welfare Centre via Thank you.

In addition to our own work, we also support like-minded organisations working in the field of adult education and welfare. One such is the Ransackers Association. For more information about their work on educational opportunities for older people visit