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. Find out further information on concessionary travel.

Over 55s Forum

Basingstoke and Deane Over 55s Forum was established in 2004. 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

The forum holds regular meetings 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.

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

Find out more information about membership, newsletters and information on all group activities on the Over 55's forum website (theover55.co.uk)

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.

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