The Senior Citizens Forum is a small charity supporting people in the Telford & Wrekin area, in middle and later life, helping them to be well informed, have access to services and support, build connections and lead more active lives.

Our Aims

– Tackle loneliness, and isolation, helping people to build connections and resilience and feel better supported.

– Provide information to local people about services, support, advice, activities, volunteering, current issues and consultation opportunities.

– Help people to participate in regular activities increasing social interaction, well-being and confidence.

– Promote the needs and concerns of older people so that they may be heard and accounted for in the planning of services and facilities, and address inequality.

– Provide opportunities for people to learn and gain confidence in the use of technology.

– Offer opportunities for volunteering.

How do we set out to achieve our aims?

Telephone Chat Scheme

Volunteers keep in touch with people who are feeling a little lonely or isolated, and in need of some connection and support. You can find out more about receiving, or volunteering to make calls, by contacting us.

Weekly Sessions

In partnership with local community organisations, the Forum offers regular exercise and social sessions aimed at the over 50’s. These will restart in early 2021.

Your Voice

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.

Feel strongly about something? Let us know

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.

Forum Magazine

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.

Would you like to receive our magazine directly to your home or by email? Sign up as a member now, it’s free!

Can you help distribute our magazine in your local area?

Online

Our website provides useful information about current issues and local events for older people, and you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  

Events

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.

Computers

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? As our drop in sessions are currently closed, we are offering help by phone. Call 07932 828333/07552 975676.

Volunteering

We currently have over 600 volunteers undertaking roles as Trustees, Computer Tutors, Telephone Befrienders, as well as 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.

Would you like to find out more about volunteering with the Forum or other organisations?

Our membership

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
Charity Commission
Funding Bodies
Legislation and good practice pertaining to Equality & Diversity, Adult Safeguarding, Privacy and Data Protection, Health & Safety, Financial management and employment of staff.

Our Finances

In August 2015 we were delighted to be awarded a five-year National Lottery Reaching Communities Grant which was due to end on 30th September 2020. Due to Covid-19, several months of the grant this year have been put on hold. Having secured £30,000 from the National Lottery Coronavirus Community Support Fund for October 2020 to March 2021, the remainder of the Reaching Communities Grant will be used from April 2021. Further funding will be required after this has been spent. It will be sought through other other funders, as well as small local grants, advertising revenue and donatons. The annual accounts are normally reviewed at our Annual General Meeting in the autumn (AGM 2020 currently on hold) and are available on the Charity Commission website.

Please browse our site for more information and if you would like to join us, send an enquiry or comment about any issues raised on our site, please CONTACT US.