Older people

Hampshire County Council's Adults' Health and Care Department

Provides advice, care and support for adults. Further details can be found by visiting the Adults' Health and Care website, or visit the Contact Adults' Health and Care page to contact the department.

Concessionary fares

Hampshire County Council (HCC) is responsible for administering the concessionary fares scheme; for further information. Find out further information on concessionary travel.

Over 55s Forum

Basingstoke and Deane Over 55s Forum was established in 2004 as part of the strategy Promoting Quality of Life for Older People in Basingstoke and Deane. It is a voluntary organisation for everyone in the borough over the age of 55 and aims to:

  • provide a voice for the over 55s in the borough, putting their views to authorities and other organisations
  • work to ensure a better quality of life for the over 55s
  • promote health, well-being and good citizenship for the over 55s
  • oppose unfair discrimination on grounds of age
  • provide information on the services and facilities available to the over 55s.

Lawrie McMenemy is patron to the Forum.

What does the Forum do?

The Forum represents the over 55s on a number of groups including:

  • Basingstoke Area Strategic Partnership
  • NHS Foundation Trust
  • Basingstoke Voluntary Action
  • Older Persons Special Interest Group
  • Older Persons Partnership Board
  • Disability Forum.

It is also one of the founder members of the Hampshire Association of Older Persons Forum which now represents the interests of 14 separate forums across the county.

Regular meetings are held with speakers from energy companies, local housing groups, transport companies, police force, fire service, NHS, HCC, educational services, pensions, Royal Mail, local clubs and associations to name but a few.

International Day for Older People

The Forum also organises special events for the annual International Day for Older People.

Why join?

In addition to the Forum meetings, members receive a regular newsletter, providing additional information on matters of interest to the over 55s.

Through Forum meetings and newsletters, you will be provided with information to help you make informed choices on matters personal to you. The Forum also provides the opportunity to meet with old friends and to make new, not only at the meetings but also by organising coach trips, holiday breaks and other social events.

How do I join?

Join the Over 55s Forum

Directory for the over 55s

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, working with the Over 55s Forum and other partners, have produced a Directory intended for the over 55s’ living in Basingstoke and Deane, their carers’, friends and relatives. It aims to provide information about organisations that can help with various aspects of life including:

  • Advice, support and safety
  • Home and finance
  • Health, care and carers
  • Social activities and learning
  • Transport
  • Disabilities

A printed copy of the Directory is available on request by emailing community.development@basingstoke.gov.uk or phoning 01256 844844.

Further information

Find information on membership, copies of the latest newsletter and information on all the groups activities or call 01256 412119.

Learning and training

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education - England and Wales (NIACE)
NIACE is a non-governmental organisation working for more and different adult learners.

Third Age
Helping 40+ people back into work through training and help with personal development.

University of the Third Age (U3A)
U3A’s main purpose is to encourage lifelong learning for those no longer in full time gainful employment.

Working and volunteering

Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA)
BVA is the professional help and advice centre for voluntary organisations in Basingstoke and Deane. Find local volunteering opportunities in the area or phone 01256 423816.

The Experience Corps
The Experience Corps (TEC) is an independent company set up to encourage all people, aged 50 and over, to offer their skills and experience to benefit others in their local communities.

Rest Less

Helping over 50s find their next challenge. Search over 25k jobs with hand-picked employers across the UK and get advice every week about finding a new career path, application tips, volunteering and courses. It's completely free to use.

Viables Memory Club

The Memory Club was established in October 2014 to provide varied activities and social contact for those who have been diagnosed with early onset dementia. For further information, please call Viables Community Centre on 01256 473634.

Contact us

  • Contact us online
  • 01256 844844
  • Civic Offices
    London Road
    RG21 4AH
  • Opening hours
    Monday to Friday
    8.30am to 4.30pm