Older people

Hampshire County Council's Adult Services Department

Provides advice, care and support for adults. Further details can be found by visiting the Adult Services website, or by emailing adult.services@hants.gov.uk.

Concessionary fares

Hampshire County Council (HCC) is responsible for administering the concessionary fares scheme; for further information, visit HCC's webpages on concessionary travel.

Older People's Plan

It is now recognised that services and support systems that enable older people to continue to live independently in their own homes, that help them to continue to make contributions to their community and ensure they are informed and confident citizens, are important to improving their wellbeing.

The Older Peoples Plan (OPP) has been produced to address areas of service improvement for Basingstoke and Deane’s residents who are aged over 55. It aims to deliver outcomes for older people within Basingstoke and Deane based upon identified need and responding to changing circumstances. The vision of the OPP is that older people can live in a borough:

  • that meets changing needs as people approach and reach old age
  • where older people have choices and enjoy the best quality of life as valued and active members of the community.

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 55’s.

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, for more information visit the Over 55s Forum website.

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?

If you are interested, pop along to an Open Forum meeting. The group meets at 9.30am, for a 10am start, in the Carnival Hall in Basingstoke.

Alternatively, contact the Secretary, Gerald Merritt by emailing gerald.merritt@ntlworld.com or phoning 01256 412119.

Essential guide for the over 55s

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, working with its partners, produced an Over 55s Directory. Hard copies are available on request by emailing community.development@basingstoke.gov.uk or phoning 01256 844844.

Further information

For information on membership, meetings for the year, copies of the latest newsletter and information on all the group’s activities visit the Over 55s website - www.bdover55sforum.btck.co.uk

Alternatively, contact the Secretary, Gerald Merritt by emailing gerald.merritt@ntlworld.com or phoning 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. Visit the NIACE website for further information.

Third Age
Helping 40+ people back into work through training and help with personal development. Visit the Third Age website for further information

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

Working and volunteering

Basingstoke Voluntary Action (BVA)
BVA is the professional help and advice centre for voluntary organisations in Basingstoke and Deane. Find out more about the local volunteering opportunities available 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. Find out more about Experience Corps or phone 01256 726400.

Third Age Employment Network (TAEN)
TAEN works for better opportunities for mature people to continue to learn, work and earn for as long as they want, or need, to do so. Find out more about the TAEN opportunities here

Volunteer Bureau
Find out more about the local volunteering opportunities available in the area or call 01256 423850.

Jobs for the over 50s
The people at www.skilledpeople.com specialises in finding full time, part time and contract jobs for the over 50s. There are no charges for Jobseekers.

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. Find out more information about The Memory Club.

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