The Senior Citizens Forum is a small charity supporting people in the Telford & Wrekin area, in middle and later life, helping them to have their opinions heard, access information about services, maintain health and wellbeing and engage in activities and volunteering opportunities.
- To ensure the needs and concerns of older people are heard and accounted for in the planning of services and facilities.
- To provide information to local people about services, support, advice, activities, volunteering, current issues and consultation opportunities.
- To promote well-being and self-care, encouraging people to work with professionals to manage health and long-term conditions.
- To encourage older people to participate in regular activities increasing social interaction, well-being and confidence.
- To help dispel age limiting beliefs.
- To provide opportunities for people to learn and gain confidence in the use of technology.
- To offer opportunities for volunteering and promote opportunities within other organisations.
How do we set out to achieve our aims?
We provide opportunities for people to voice their opinions, concerns and preferences through open forum events, surveys and consultation exercises. We establish links with organisations, charities, agencies and local community groups and send a representative to sit on boards and working groups. Our action groups, (Environment & Transport and Health & Social Care) carry out research and take up issues on behalf of members.
Would you like the needs and opinions of older people to be better heard? Get involved!
We need active and passionate volunteers keen to make sure that older people aren’t forgotten when it comes to planning and delivering local services. We are currently recruiting volunteers for a Health & Social Care Action Group.
Our ‘Forum’ magazine includes articles on current local and national issues, and gives details about services, activities, leisure pursuits, events and opportunities for volunteering. Service providers and local groups are offered space in the magazine to inform our readers about what they do.
The free full colour magazine, published every two months, is partly financed through advertising. It’s sent to our members by post or email and taken to several venues and organisations throughout the area by volunteers.
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We hold regular events including social events and at least four open forums a year which feature speakers on a variety of key topics to encourage audience involvement. Local organisations are often represented with display stands. We also work with partners to put on an annual Celebrating Age Festival, aimed at encouraging people to try out new activities and leisure pursuits.
What sort of events would you like us to put on? Is there a topic you would like to be addressed at our open forum’s? Some answers you would like to your questions? Let us know.
The Wakes partnership
In partnership with The Wakes, a local community venue in Oakengates run by Oakengates Town Council, the Forum offers regular sessions aimed at the over 50’s. The Seated Exercise class takes place at 1pm every Tuesday, and Senior Social @ The Wakes involves a varied programme including food, films, activities and talks, and takes place every Thursday at 1.30pm.
Our Computer Project offers tutoring and support to help people get online and use the internet. at four free drop in sessions taking place every week in Wellington, Dawley, Sutton Hill and Newport. Volunteers help people gain more confidence using technology and the internet so that they may access information, keep in touch and feel less isolated.
Do you want to start learning to use a computer or table or smartphone? Would you like some help or guidance or just rescuing from a particular problem? Visit our computer drop in sessions.
We currently have around 26 volunteers who are all over 60 and undertaking roles as Trustees, Computer Tutors, Action Group members and Magazine Distributors. We are always keen to welcome volunteers in the above and possibly other roles. We also publicise opportunities for volunteering with other organisations.
Our membership is a very valued and powerful resource. Current membership is around 2350 people in Telford & Wrekin, and in neighbouring area such as Shifnal, Broseley and Much Wenlock. Membership is free and open to people who are generally but not exclusively over the age of 50, also to their carers, or those who have an interest or involvement with older people.
Join the Forum today. By becoming a member, you’re giving your support to local older people. Membership is free, and your attendance at events or participation in any activities is entirely optional. As a member you will receive our newsletter by post or by email.
Our Governance and Accountability
The Senior Citizens Forum is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, run by a board of trustees and supported by two part time employees. We are accountable to:
Our members, in accordance with our Constitution
Funding Bodies, (currently the Big Lottery Community Fund from Oct 2015 – Sept 2020)
Legislation and good practice pertaining to Equality & Diversity, Adult Safeguarding, Privacy and Data Protection, Health & Safety, Financial management and employment of staff.
In August 2015 we were delighted to be awarded a five-year Big Lottery Grant. Further funding is sought through small grants, sponsorship (Celebrating Age only), advertising revenue, social event ticket sales and fundraising. The annual accounts are reviewed at our Annual General Meeting in the autumn and are available on the Charity Commission website.
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