The Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership is the Older People’s Forum for Wealden, a largely rural district covering roughly half the area of East Sussex. Membership is currently around 730.
Our aims are:
to represent the views, needs and interests of older people
to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Wealden
to promote the positive aspects of older age
to organise events throughout Wealden so that older people can come together to have fun, learn new things and pick up information that might be useful to them
to publish a quarterly newsletter “Grey Matters” to keep members informed about issues of interest to older people, and to publicise events
Contact number: 01892 770487
Since our AGM in October it has become clear that as an older people’s forum we are going to need a re-think in 2018.
WSCP exists to encourage older people to live a full and healthy life. How do you think that could be achieved? Should we organise more outings or events? Send out more newsletters? Do something completely different?
Whatever the future, a few helping hands is all we need to make a big difference to the lives of many older people.
If you think you could help, get in touch as soon as you can. Ring Linda Graham on 01892 770487 or email email@example.com
Freedom Leisure has organised Accessible Swim sessions in Hailsham, Uckfield and Crowborough, suitable for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and people living with dementia (more details attached on posters):
Hailsham FL: Starting 2nd February, every Friday 2.30pm-3.30pm, term time only.
For more information please call 01323846755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Uckfield FL: Starting 6th February, every Tuesday 2.30pm – 3.30pm, term time only.
Call 01825 761160 or email email@example.com
Crowborough FL: Starting 20th February, every Tuesday 10am-11am (term time only)
Call 01892 665488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a meeting of carers at St John’s Church Hall, Crowborough, to hear a talk on Mindfulness. You don’t have to be a carer!! Or maybe you know someone who would enjoy the opportunity to hear the talk. It enables you to look at your internal thought patterns, learning to still the mind into a state of peace, connecting with the true self. It is on Saturday February 3rd between 2.00 – 4.00 at St John’s church Hall, TN6 1RZ, opposite the Horder Centre and down the road a bit further.
Become a Friend Against Scams!
Attend a free one hour awareness session to find
out more about scams and how you can protect
yourself and others from becoming a victim
Date: Wednesday 16th August 2017
Time: 2.15pm – 3.30pm
Location: The Luxford Centre, Library Way, Uckfield
To book a place on this session or for more information, please contact:
Name: DEE MALTBY
Telephone: 01825 764584
This group was set up by WSCP several years ago, using funding from the Active @ 60 Campaign. It meets between 10.00 and 12.00 on the second Wednesday of each month at Margaret House in Uckfield. The pictures shown are of a small exhibition set up by the Group at Margaret House in May of this year.
As you may be able to see, the skills within the group are wide, and we do stress that the natter is as important as the art! It is a small group, and we have several members who live at Margaret House, and others from other parts of Uckfield and surrounding areas. Some members are very talented, and the rest of us try our best!
We do not provide art lessons, but Jean, our talented Group Leader, brings in a new challenge every month. However, if any of us wish to continue with a project started at a previous meeting, or to do our own thing, that is what we do!
We would be happy to have new folk join our group, and if you would like to know more, please phone Jean on 01825 767734 or Carol on 01825 762934.
Last year we marked 10 years of celebrating Older People’s Day in the UK. A booklet was issued listing all the events which would be taking place across East Sussex during September and October and copies were sent out with our August newsletter and were also available in libraries and at information centres.
We ourselves held two events:
1. Down on the farm: Friday 15 September, at Middle Farm, South Downs National Park, Firle
Some visited the working farm and all enjoyed a lovely afternoon tea in the café and a wander around the various shops and garden centre. The weather was not good but there was enough good weather to move between the various shops and garden centre without getting wet. Transport was provided by the Wealdlink bus and lifts from committee members. A good time was had by all.
2. Songs and Afternoon Tea for Seniors: Saturday 14 October, in The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre,
Forty people booked for a full afternoon tea which was provided by the Luxford Café, part of the Civic Centre site. There was a good range of sandwiches and cakes and endless tea and coffee. Entertainment was provided by the Mayfield singers who were fantastic, playing old songs chosen by our group from their book and everyone had a good singalong. Information was on hand from the Luxford Centre, a nearby charity who offer activities for over 60s and the Community Safety Team also attended. Survey forms completed showed that everyone enjoyed themselves and we had lots of wonderful comments about the friendliness of the committee and the smooth organisation of the event. Lifts were again provided by committee members.
We also held our AGM. Unfortunately our Chair, Ivy Elsey was unwell and unable to attend and Vice Chair Linda deputised. The committee were all re-elected. We said goodbye to Heather Stevens who has left the area and welcomed Linda Blackman. Our friend Brian Lethby has returned to the committee after a period away.
On the 1st October we hosted Older People’s Day which we prefer to call “Full of Life.” One of our aims for 2016 was to hold events in the South of our District. We therefore, held our OPD in the Civic Community Hall behind Wealden District Council offices in Hailsham. This was a half day event. We worked in partnership with Hailsham Freedom Leisure. We hosted some 17 stands ranging from information on energy saving, foods for delivery to your home, to U3A (a first for us), writing a will, CAB, trading standards, East Sussex library, Age Concern etc. I was disappointed that some stand holders who had committed withdraw in the last week as they could not get cover for the Saturday. WSCP also like to provide a treat and this year we had a reflexologist join us and we offered a hand massage. The ladies who had these treatments really enjoyed them but alas we could not get any men to participate. We are increasingly finding that people need payment if they are going to attend.
Unfortunately it rained just about all day and we found that people did not want to go into the Hailsham Freedom Leisure facility where they had tours of the gym, a balance class and an armchair class. There were also issues of access. The ladies from Freedom Leisure were wonderful and undertook the armchair class in the hall and this was thoroughly enjoyed. Hailsham Freedom Leisure has been praised nationally for its work encouraging older people to keep as fit as they possibly can. Much of their work is now being adopted nationally. There were prizes to be won, and WSCP had some super prizes for its raffle. Throughout the morning we provided free teas, coffee and yummy cakes. Twenty two new members joined us but many attendees were already members. We may have got a new committee member! The entire event was free both for the attendees and the stall holders.
Pictures of the arm chair exercise class, the Age Concern stand and the Town Crier with one of our members.
Saturday October 1st is officially Older People’s Day – an International Day created to recognise and celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to our society. Last year seniors’ forums, the voluntary sector, community groups and other statutory organisations put together a programme of events to mark Older People’s Day 2015. Across East Sussex, events took place throughout September and October, providing a wide variety of fun activities and information. Plans are in hand for a similar programme this year and those receiving the newsletter by post or email will receive a copy of this year’s booklet listing all the events that will be taking place. The booklet can be found here:
We are hosting Wealden’s Older People’s Day in Hailsham this year. It will be held in Hailsham Civic Community Hall which is just behind Wealden District Council offices between 10am and 12.30pm. WSCP is hosting this event in partnership with Hailsham Leisure Centre. There will be a number of free activities in the Leisure centre and special offers for anyone who attends.
The event is completely free and there will be a number of information stands and some free offers. Drinks and cake will be provided free throughout the morning. Please do come along and support the event.
At the time of writing this event is still being worked on so please keep an eye on our website. If you know of any clubs or societies that offer something for older people in Hailsham or its environs who might like to have a stand then please let Jane know. There is no cost for stand holders. Jane’s phone number is 01892 655050.
A free Information Roadshow and Entertainment day, celebrating UK Older People’s Day 2015, hosted by the Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership, was held on Saturday 3 October in Crowborough Community Centre, and was attended by nearly 100 people, who enjoyed browsing the information stalls, watching demonstrations by the community chef, trying a chair-based exercise session, and being entertained by local musicians. Tea, coffee and a light lunch were available.
Wealden Senior Citizens’ Partnership were also celebrating the 10th Anniversary since the Forum was launched in 2005.
The event was opened by Sara Stonor, Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, who is pictured cutting the cake with Chair, Ivy Elsey.
Giving older citizens a voice on policing and crime
Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne, has launched the Sussex Elders’ Commission (SEC), to provide a mechanism for older citizens to support, challenge and inform the priorities set out in the county’s Police and Crime Plan.
The 28 volunteers, aged 60 to 85 have a range of experience in the private and public sector. Some have been victims of crime or anti-social behaviour and some want to get more involved in keeping their communities safe.
They have held their first workshop ahead of a Sussex-wide consultation – the Big Conversation – with their family, friends and peers on policing and crime issues.
The workshop involved presentations from Sussex Police and partners on scamming, elder abuse and police objectives, as well as discussion groups and a Q&A session.
Commenting on the importance of the SEC, Mrs Bourne said: “Twenty per cent of the Sussex population is aged 65 and over and the biggest population increase is in the over 85s. As PCC and the daughter of an elderly mother, I feel it is vital that we listen and act on the concerns of this section of our society. The SEC will provide a much- needed platform for older residents to inform and challenge my Police & Crime Plan and feedback on local policing in their area”.
Jonathan Hopkins, from Citadel Policy and Communications who spoke at the workshop said: “I was inspired by the commitment and passion the members have to make a real difference, drawing on their extensive networks. It is by engaging directly with older people and their experiences across Sussex that issues can be evidenced and solutions found from within local communities. The members did not shy away from getting to grips with difficult issues from elder abuse to cyber-crime and the challenges for local policing. This will play a major part in shaping and influencing policies and improvements for older people living in Sussex”.
Mrs Bourne continued: “It was great to meet the members again and hear why they have signed up to the SEC and what they want to get from it. Pauline Jackson from Bexhill told me that as a trustee of Age UK in East Sussex she is passionate about the elderly community, particularly those who are vulnerable and isolated. She feels that she will be able to reach out further to fellow residents and inform them of what is happening in their community and how the SEC can improve their experience with Sussex Police.
“Ray Hoare from Horsted Keynes told me he has always had a keen interest in local policing and wants to be more informed on the changes that lie ahead. He will use the SEC to feed back on how local policing is working in his community and what concerns residents have.
“Kate Davies, who chairs East Sussex Seniors Association, said she feels that older people’s fear of crime is often greater then the crime rate itself. Kate wants to enable the elderly to have a proper say on policing and make sure their voices are heard”.
Members have already identified their priorities which include financial coercion; fear of crime; local policing, isolation and road safety.
The workshop highlighted the different mechanisms and channels that members intend to use for the Big Conversation, ranging from small intimate groups to large pre-existing events, speaking opportunities as well as stints on hospital radio.
The OPCC will support the members’ programme of engagement with venue, transport, surveys, and engagement tools and training.
Find out more about the next steps for the Elders’ Commission visit www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk