Promoting the interests and welfare of senior citizens in Wealden



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
TN22 1AR
To book a place on this session or for more information, please contact:
Telephone: 01825 764584

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Coffee, Cake, Computers and a whole lot more!

21st Sept, 10am-12noon
East Dean Village Hall,
Village Green Lane, BN20 0DJ
FREE drop in sessions
Learn more about computers in a
relaxed, friendly atmosphere:

Keep safe online – Use the web & shop online – Facebook & Twitter-
Store & Share Photos – Emails – Skype
Watch TV and movies – Hobbies Online
Listen to the radio – Bring your own device

8th November, 10am-12noon
Heathfield State Hall, Station Road, Heathfield TN21 8LD

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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.


This year we mark 10 years of celebrating Older People’s Day in the UK. A booklet will shortly be available listing all the events which will be taking place across East Sussex during September and October this year. Copies will be sent out with our latest newsletter and will also be available in libraries and at information centres.
We ourselves will be holding two events:
1. Down on the farm: Friday 15 September, 2.30pm at Middle Farm South Downs National Park, Firle, Lewes BN8 6LJ (Note this is on page 17 of the booklet under “Lewes”).
Join us for tea and scones and afterwards you can visit the farm shop full of local plants and produce, watch the cider being made, and pay to visit the animals.
Cost: £4.50 tea and scone, £5 farm entry, book tea by returning the reply slip on page 4. Transport: Ring Jane on 01892 655050 or Linda on 01892 770487 to arrange a lift

2. Songs and Afternoon Tea for Seniors: Saturday 14 October, 3pm to 5pm in The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre, Uckfield TN22 1AE (page 37)
Join us for a fun afternoon tea, make new friends and enjoy listening to old time music with requests and a singalong at the end. Cost: £6.50.
Travel: Uckfield Train Station and Uckfield Bus Station are all within walking distance, though it is uphill. Parking available.
Catering: Free food and drink.
Contact: Linda Graham 01892 770487 or

Housing Needs Survey

Win a £250 voucher! Tell us your housing plans as you get older and help us plan for East Sussex
We know that people make different decisions about where they want to live as they get older. Some people want to stay living in the same place; others will look to move to more manageable homes; and some will feel that older people’s specialist accommodation best suits their needs.
We at the County Council would like to know: What are your plans?
If you live in East Sussex and are starting to think about where you want to live as you age, we’d really love to hear from you. We want to hear from home owners and renters, and people living in all types of properties. If you’ve already moved, we’d also really like to hear about your reasons for moving.
This is your chance to influence:
* housing support services for older people;
* the sort of accommodation on offer to older people;
* the amount of accommodation that is built; and
* where it is built.
The survey closes on 19 March. You can complete it online here:
If you would like to be posted a copy of the survey please contact us:
Email: Phone: 01273 481 565

“Full Of Life” Older People’s Day Event in Hailsham

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.




Survey of Retirement Living Residents’ Access to Computers

Deadline for responses: 5 September 2016
Wealden District Council is conducting a survey of residents living in Council-owned retirement living courts to find out the level of confidence in using the internet, what equipment if any they own, what they are using the internet for, if they would attend training at the court in which they live or elsewhere, what they would want training on, and how frequent any training would be.

Older People’s Day 2016

OPD 2016

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:

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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.

UK Older People’s Day 2015

IMG_20151003_102112395A 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.


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