Past events

 

MSOPC organises several public events each year, in addition to the AGM.  Some of these events are mainly social, like our Christmas Event. All older people are invited with a view to renewing and making friendships and also helping to combat the social isolation and loneliness that can accompany advancing age.  Other events seek to provide older people with information in a participative manner.

In addition, MSOPC provides “information roadshows” where it presents information to groups of older people, or organisation’s working with older people, about its activities, and key benefits and services that older people might find useful to help live as happy healthy lives as possible.

What follows is a list/description of these events over the last year.

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Keep Warm, Keep Well this Winter September 2017

Mid Sussex Older People’s Council held their annual public meeting on 5th September, at Clair Hall in Haywards Heath the subject being Keep Warm, Keep Well this Winter.

The event followed on from the ‘Heat for Health’ campaign which ran throughout 2016/17, to raise awareness of the health implications of living in a cold house, such as increased risk of strokes and heart attacks, among many other things. During the campaign, many residents of Mid Sussex, who were eligible, received help such as a free installation of insulation in their home, and other forms of help to keep their homes warm.

 

A selection of photographs from Heat for Health March 2017;

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St Swithun’s Church Coffee Morning
Monday 27 Febuary 2017

As part of MSOPC’s ‘helping combat loneliness and isolation’, a coffee morning was held at St Swithun’s Church, East Grinstead. Where coffee, tea and home made cakes were served by MSOPC volunteers, who also offered support and information and how to access activities, via its information network, designed to help reduce loneliness, together with other benefits and organisations, that attendees could access.

Picture Gallery

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Information Stand provided or Roadshow held:

  • 8 February 2017 Pampers Day for Carers, Burgess Hill
  • 12 June 2016  Burgess Hill Town Day
  • 10 May 2016 Alzheimer’ East Grinstead Support Group meeting
  • 4 May 2016 GP Surgery Care Coordinators’ meeting
  • 23 September 2015 The Mid Sussex Civil Service Retirement Fellowship meeting

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MSOPC Christmas party 10 December 2016

On Saturday afternoon, over 100 of the older residents of Mid Sussex were served unlimited hot drinks, delicious home made cakes and enjoyed live music as a special Christmas treat.

Mid Sussex Older Peoples Council (MSOPC), an independent local charity, organised the Christmas tea as part of a calendar of events they run throughout the year to help combat the social isolation and loneliness that can accompany advancing age.

The event at the King Edward Hall in Lindfield was also attended by many Mid Sussex District Councillors, the mayors of Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath, and St Paul’s Catholic College Brass Band. A free minibus service run by volunteers transported guests who were unable to otherwise attend.

After everyone was settled with tea and cake in hand, and had acquainted themselves with friends old and new, St Pauls Catholic College Brass Band were introduced by Barbara Baldwin, chairman of the MSOPC. They provided some wonderful live music, including many Christmas favourites. MSOPC volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the afternoon to ensure all guests were happy, and teacups were kept topped up.

Councillor Christopher Hersey said “Without organisations such as the MSOPC, Mid Sussex would be a much sadder and lonelier place. They are an essential lifeline for our community.” The MSOPC wishes to thank all who attended and provided invaluable help towards the running of the event.

Comment from Jacqui Landriani  Town Mayor of Burgess Hill

I should just like to thank you again for the invitation to your Annual Christmas Party.  I know so much time goes in to organising such an event and so I also appreciate your hospitality.  There was great company, a lovely spread of homemade cakes and an endless supply of tea to enjoy as well as the lovely musical entertainment from St Paul’s College.
I wish you a very Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year.
With best wishes
J
acqui Landriani

Photographs  by Nicola Brotherton

If you would like to support the MSOPC, or find out more information, please e-mail  chairman@msopc.org.uk or phone 01444 242 760. Further details of the MSOPC and upcoming events can be found on their website at www.msopc.org.uk

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Tea and Coffee mornings

Saturday 1 October Coffee/tea and cakes morning in the Burgess Hill library foyer in the Martlets – chat with friends –  also pick up information on how to stay warm this winter and planning for later life.

Older People’s Day event: 

Monday 10 October Coffee/tea and cakes morning in Kind Edward’s Hall Lindfield- chat with friends –  also pick up information on how to stay warm this winter and planning for later life.  10,00am – 12,00
MSOPC

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Queen’s Birthday Celebration    10 Jun 2016
This very successful event took place at the Effingham Park Copthorne Hotel and was attended by 400 people from the Mid Sussex area. A full description of the event with photographs can be found on this website under the Menu heading Monarchy Music and Mid Sussex Memories.

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175th Anniversary Celebrations of the Railway coming to Haywards Heath Ashenground Community Centre Tuesday 19 April 2.30 – 4.30pm

A most enjoyable, interesting and informative time was had by all on a lovely sunny spring afternoon on Tuesday 19th April at a presentation by the Haywards Heath Twinning Association, on the joys of Twinning, and the commissioning of the Mosaic to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the train coming to Haywards Heath. A change from some of the more weighty subjects we so often tackle, but thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.

Tim Briggs, Leader of the Town Team opened the event with a short talk on events and happenings in the town leading up to the weekend of 17th/18th September.

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This was followed by a very interesting presentation by Leslie and Mike Bright about the activities of twinning and how the decision was made to commission the mosaic, which will be unveiled in the renovated railway station on Sunday 18th September.

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Philip Ladd stepped in at the last minute due to a change to the programme, with his talk on the events 180 years or more ago, and various happenings, all to do with the railway, and on the town of Haywards Heath, which gave all something to think about, and which has a lot more history and is a lot more interesting than most of us realised. His, at times very amusing talk, on some of the antics of our predecessors wanting to make a quick buck on the then forthcoming railway, many of whom got their fingers burned, proved that basic human nature hasn’t really changed at all.

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MSOPC wishes to thank all it speakers and all who attended.

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Four themed events funded by Affinity Sutton and others have taken place, including

  1. Creating Safer Communities conference and MSOPC AGM

Note – Our AGM details can be found on our AGM 2016 page under News Blog.

Tuesday 15 March 2016 09.30 am – 4.30 pm at the Martlets Hall, Burgess Hill

During August and September 2015, MSOPC hosted Creating Safer Communities Event to enable older people in Mid Sussex to join the Sussex Elders’ “Big Conversation” – essentially to let Katy Bourne, the Police and Crime Commissioner, know their concerns about crime and community safety.  The result – the Sussex Elders’ Report  – launched in Parliament on 8 March 2016 – and the subject of the discussion at the MSOPC Creating Safer Communities Conference, at which Katy was the speaker.

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MSOPC supporters had particularly identified concerns about the lack of police visible in the community,  anti-social behaviour, and nuisance calls.

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These are all concerns identified in the Sussex Elders’ Report – with recommendations made to tackle the problem.  A copy of the report can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the blue link below.

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Members of the audience shared experiences with a view to establishing what can be done in such circumstances.  Sussex Police asked all members of the public to report anything they are unsure about  – if in doubt report it – it might be just the bit of information they were waiting for that helps them tackle the problem using 101 – the police non-emergency number.  In circumstances where you are afraid, ring 999 – you do not even need to speak.  They will investigate the call anyway.

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Safeguarding – protecting an adult’s right to live in safety, free from abuse or neglect – was raised by Cllr Mr Sujan Wickremaratchi, the Haywards Heath Mayor.  Cllr Anne Jones, Burgess Hill Mayor noted that while safeguarding is everybody’s business, the information about what to do about it is not readily available.

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Carly Snead from the charity, Action on Elder Abuse spoke about the help and support her organisation could give, as did Derek Pratt from Neighbourhood Watch.

Before the event started, and in the breaks, the audience were able to talk 1:1 with Katy, members of the Sussex Elders Commission, staff from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office, Neighbourhood Watch, representatives from the local Neighbourhood Police team, Action on Elder Abuse and MSOPC.

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We are most grateful to everybody for making the morning an interesting one.  We hope this is just the beginning of a continuing dialogue with these organsiation with a view to improving the information that is available to help older people prevent and deal with community safety issues that they might face.    They were also able to network  – being part of the community such an important part of staying safe.

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2) Drop in Independent Living Event

27 November 2015 9.30am – 3.30pm  Adastra Hall Hassocks

How do I help Mum? What can I do for myself? Who can help? This drop in event was designed to help you consider all aspects of staying at home living as independently as possible:

Organisations that attended:-
AgeUK West Sussex Money Advice
Assist (Affinity Sutton) and Here to Help (WSCC)  housing support services
Mid Sussex District Council’s Disabled Facilities Grants Team
West Sussex County Occupational Therapy and Prevention Assessment Team.
Action for Deafness, Alzheimer’s.

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Housing Event Lindfield 8 September 2015

Emma Shuttleworth, the Mid Sussex District Council’s Housing Enabling Manager,  outlined the housing options that exist for older people (defined by West Sussex County Council as aged 50+) living in Mid Sussex and how to access them.  This was followed by a presentation from Joan Moorhouse, a resident in retirement housing, on the pros and cons of this.
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A copy of Emma’s and Joan’s presentations can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on the blue links below.
Increasingly, MSOPC has heard from older people living in Mid Sussex the difficulties of finding affordable suitable housing to meet their needs as they change.  In a  lively question and answer session after the presentations the meeting identified a distinct lack of ground floor 2 bed-roomed housing on bus routes near essential facilities.   MSOPC will be working with MSDC to see how the situation can be improved.
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MSOPC will be using the information collected from its housing survey to help it do this.  Lunch and refreshment breaks gave attendees the opportunity to fill a survey form in and return it at the event, as well as giving the opportunity to socialise.
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If you would like to share your housing situation with us, please compete and return the survey form, a copy of which can be downloaded bu clicking on the blue link below.
If you would like help with evaluating your housing options and accessing them, there are services you can contact.  Here to help, funded by West Sussex County Council and run by Family Mosaic (ring 01444 817608 or email midsussexreferrals@familymosaic.co.uk) and Assist (ring 07703 889090 or email midsussexopfs@affinitysutton.com), for Affinity Sutton residents.
Mick, a local Affinity Sutton resident and one of the MSOPC friends, took the photographs of the event.  The Housing Conference is one of four events for which MSOPC has received funding from Affinity Sutton.    Of the other three, one is to be held later this year in the Hurstpierpoint area and will be about adaptations and other help to stay living independently at home.  Another will be held in East Grinstead in February next year and will focus on preparing for later life.  The last is on Community Safety in Burgess Hill on Tuesday 15 March, with Katy Bourne as the keynote speaker.
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Funded by the British Gas Energy Trust, we have held one training event and many outreach events.  Details are provided below.

Heat for Health Launch/training 27 January 2016

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A training event, one of two planned under the Heat for Health banner planned for those working with older people, or families with children under 5 took place on 27 January at Clair Hall.

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Cllr Norman Webster opened the event, identifying that 6.9% of people in Mid Sussex live in fuel poverty.

Elisabeth Willett, gave examples of older people she had recently come across who appeared not to have adequate heating or were possibly putting their health at risk by not keeping warm enough.  She went onto explain that MSOPC has been awarded a grant by the British Gas Energy Trust to help make information and support designed to tackle fuel poverty and heighten awareness of the health need for heat more accessible. MSOPC could not do this without its partners in the initiative – Mid Sussex District Council, Mid Sussex Wellbeing and the West Sussex County Council Children and Family Centres.  It also greatly appreciated the support for the initiative being given by all the speakers.

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Keeping warm enough is an essential part of keeping well  – a point well illustrated in Dr Simon Dean’s presentation.  While Rebecca Jones of the National Energy Action charity gave the audience a quick introduction to the very many and varied sources of information and help available nationally. Both presentations can be read/down loaded by clicking on the blue link below.

Simon Dean Heat for Health Presentation

Rebecca Jones Heat for Health presentation

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After the break, four different scenarios were considered in groups to identify what help might be needed and who it might be available from, using the two key information resources made available: the Keep Warm Keep Well booklet provided by the West Sussex County Council Fuel Poverty Coordinator, Catherine Geoghegan, and the NHS Stay Well This Winter booklet provided by the Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group.  Copies of these booklets can be read/downloaded by clicking on the blue links below.

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Stay Well this Winter

As well as being able to take away copies of these two booklets, representatives from a wide range of organisations working in Mid Sussex with older people and families with children under 5 were also able to take away room thermometer cards which give top tips and provide the dedicated Heat for Health telephone number and email address.  Calls will be picked up by the Mid Sussex Wellbeing team, and where appropriate referred onto specialists. A copy of the thermometer card can be read/downloaded by clicking on the blue link below.

Heat for Health Adult Room thermometer card

There was a lot of good feedback from the event including that

  • it raised people’s awareness of the link between having adequate heating and good health
  • there is a need to think about reducing the cost of energy bills as well as looking at maximising income
  • valuable information resources were provided, and
  • the problem requires a multi-agency approach: the opportunities to develop the necessary links was provided by the event.

Contact chairman@msopc.org.uk or leave a message on the unattended answerphone 01444 242760 if you would like to know more about Heat for Health.

Background
Heat for Health is a Mid Sussex partnership initiative to help keep you warm and well, funded by a grant awarded to Mid Sussex Older People’s Council by the British Gas Energy Trust.

Prompted by statistics showing last year as having the highest number of winter deaths since the turn of the millennium, the partnership including Mid Sussex District Council, Mid Sussex Wellbeing and the Children and Family Centres, is hoping to raise awareness particularly in households with an older person aged 65 or more or a child under 5 of the importance of keeping not too hot and not too cold in order to stay healthy, and the help available to do this.

Heat for Health Launch Event agenda 2016

MSOPC Christmas party    Saturday 5 Dec 2015   2.00 to 4.30pm
King Edward Hall     Lindfield  

The MSOPC Christmas Party is an annual event.

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Christmas tea with mince pies and cakes was provided by MSOPC. The event was attended by about 80 older people from the Mid Sussex area. Excellent musical entertainment was provided by St Pauls Catholic College brass band.
Special guest was Dorothy Beckinsale who is about to celebrate her 100th Birthday.

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Connecting Communities

  1. Influence

a) your local NHS

b) Safety in your local Community

c) the quality of care provided by West Sussex County Council

As part of the Connecting Communities programme funded by the Big Lottery, discussions were organised in 2015  with the body that designs and purchases our local NHS services, with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office and their Sussex Elders and West Sussex County Council.
The discussions took place in Cuckfield, in Worth, in Turners Hill, in Bolney, in Horsted Keynes, Hurstpierpoint and In Crawley Down.

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2.  Celebration of Older People’s Day October 2015

As part of the Connecting Communities Programme, MSOPC hosted a free celebratory lunch following the delivery of an information roadshow with the help of a Big Lottery Fund and St Dunstan’s Church.

MSOPC also hosted a free celebratory tea with the help of a Big Lottery Fund, the Balcombe 61 Club and the Balcombe Parish Council.

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East Grinstead Library Display of information about older people’s services

7 September – 24 September 2015

MSOPC was delighted to be invited to display information and be represented at the North Mid Sussex County Local Committee meeting being held in the library at 6pm on 23 September which will also focus on services for older people.

The formal CLC meeting was preceded by presentations from Jacqueline Clay and Sally Tabbener, both from the West Sussex County Council’s Public Health team.  Jacqueline provided information about the profile of older people living in East Grinstead and Sally the services commissioned by them to meet the needs of older people: the Prevention Assessment Team, the Home from Hospital scheme, Information and Advice, the Good Neighbour Scheme, a domestic chores and shopping service, Day Activities, and Wellbeing hubs.

During the Q and A session that followed, we learned that the Meals on Wheels service had been recommissioned successfully, and about the West Sussex County Council’s latest campaign to encourage people to report concerns about care.

Details of how to access these services can be found on our Other Organisations page  and the minutes from the meeting will be published on the West Sussex County Council website.

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Volunteer Fayre     Albemarie Centre    Haywards Heath   9 July 2015

This Fayre was organised by the Haywards Heath Youth Community Group.
MSOPC was invited to provide information about the volunteer opportunities that it has for young people age 15 to 16.

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Carers Week     8 – 12 June 2015

It’s not surprising given the age of many carers that Mid Sussex Older People’s Council (MSOPC) is keen to help raise awareness of the massive contribution informal carers make to society and represent their interests when it is appropriate to do so.    Many of its supporters are carers or cared for individuals.

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Are you a carer?  If you are aged 50+ there’s a good chance you could be.
6.5 million people in the UK are – 1.3 million of these are aged 65+ and 1 in 5 people (2 million) are aged 50-64.

Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, older or disabled family member, friend or partner. It could be a few hours a week or round the clock, in your own home, round the corner or many miles away.

Members of the MSOPC Committee were available at East Grinstead Sainsburys on Monday 8 June 10am – 3.30pm to discuss any related areas.

Sainsburys were an official sponsor of Carers Week – see www.carersweek.org and the East Grinstead store was hosting local charity information stands each day.

If you live in Haywards Heath then you were able to book yourself a place at the

Time for You day –   10 June 2015    11am – 3pm
at Haywards Heath Town Hall

Massage, manicures, Wellbeing checks, healthy foods and IT support clinic  was available –  See also the MSOPC Information Stand.

Ring 01 444 455694 or email fatima.mirza@haywardsheath.gov.uk

Click on the blue link below for more information,

Time for you day

Committee members Marie, Fidelma and Barbara B met members of the public as they did their shopping at East Grinstead Sainsburys on Monday 8 June when they handed out information – including MSOPC’s Top Tips for Carers.  Click on the blue link below to view/download these.

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MSOPC Top Tips for Carers 2015

Sainsburys are an official sponsor of Carers Week – see www.carersweek.org and the East Grinstead store was hosting local charity information stands each day.

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Hanover Housing – residents’ meeting at a local Haywards Heath scheme

3 June 2015

MSOPC was invited to attend the meeting to talk about the services and activities available for older people living in Mid Sussex and to listen to views from the audience. In particular we need to know what needs to happen to improve the quality of your life.

Here’s what Jackie, the Scheme Manager, said

“Just like to say a big thank you for coming along yesterday the residents found your talk really helpful and gave good feed back”.
“Thank you for all the information, it will be really useful – for me as well.”

The group were particularly interested in learning that local GPs are now commissioning our NHS services – especially as some of the residents did not feel they received as good a service as they should from their local surgery.  I was able to tell them about the GP Surgery Patient Groups, Healthwatch and the Clinical Commissioning Group membership team, who would all be interested in hearing about their experience at the surgery – with a view to explaining and/or improving in the future.  It is also possible to influence what happens going forward by sharing your experience by joining their health network.  There is also an official ‘Concerns and Complaints’ process.

Click on the blue link below for more information about these various channels.

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Healthwatch details

The residents were particularly impressed with the ‘This Is About Me Record’ that was given to each individual to complete.  Princess Royal Hospital nurses have said that an individual tends to get better quicker if they know something about you. This helps to achieve a  successful discharge.

Click on the blue link below to see a copy of this.

This Is Me Mid Sussex

For more information about residents’ meetings, contact Jacqueline Parton
Estate Manager  01444 459053        mobile 07960145200
www.hanover.org.uk

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Glenvue Carers East Grinstead- 20 May 2015
Glenvue Day Centre, Railway Approach, East Grinstead, RH19 1BS

MSOPC, was invited to attend this meeting to talk about the services and activities available for older people living in Mid Sussex and to listen to views from the audience of what needs to happen to improve their lives.

The group is free and is for anyone who is a carer of an adult. It provides mutual support, the sharing of advice, knowledge and ideas. Guest speakers are also due to attend some months. Meetings 10.30 am to 12.30 pm every 3rd Wednesday of the month.

bernadette.uwins@westsussex.gov.uk
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One group member shared with me her ideas for finding things that are lost – ask St Anthony for help – and another the experience of helping her Mum, who is living with dementia, avoid the financial scams that there are around.

In addition she shared her view that all paid carers should be trained to cope with people they provide care to who are living with dementia.  She has previously shared this thought with Healthwatch – and will do so again.  Healthwatch are the organisation funded by West Sussex County Council to provide information on the individual experience of using health or social care.  Click on the link below for more information about this.    I promised that we would make enquirers of West Sussex County Council to see what their policy was on this point in relation to the paid care they arrange for individuals.

Healthwatch details

I was able to share with group details of the Sussex Elders’ Commission which is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform the work of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.

Over the next 7 months (up to and including December 2015), the Elders’ Commission will be holding their “Big Conversation” with family, friends and peers to hear older residents’  ideas and concerns about policing, crime and community safety.

I provided them with a copy of the survey form and a pre-paid envelope so they could contribute their views if they wanted to on the following issues (or any others) identified by the Commission

  • Financial Abuse
  • Fear of Crime
  • Nuisance calls and scams
  • Local policing
  • Cyber crime
  • Anti-social behavior
  • Isolation
  • Road Safety.

In response to a question, I promised to forward on details about the new benefit rates from April 2015 and with grateful thanks to Stockport Council, I have found a really good summary (click on the blue link below to view or download a copy)

Welfare Benefit Rates 2015

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BH Park Centre Wives Club  18 May 2015

MSOPC was invited by the Burgess Hill Park Wives club to join them at one of their regular meetings to share information about services and activities available for older people living in the area, and to listen to what they think needs to change.

Contact the Club on 01444 235560.

What a fantastic turnout for the 8pm meeting in Burgess Hill!  Many thanks for inviting MSOPC along to your meeting to share with you information about the services available for older people and to talk about some of the issues you face.

The issue that struck me that faced individuals such as your members, many of whom are in the younger older age group (aged 50 – 70) and some still working, is that you are carrying out much of the unpaid informal care given to your parents that are in the older older age group.  I shared with you that the new Care Act gives informal carers for the first time the right to also be entitled to support if they meet the eligibility criteria.  If you are an informal carer its as well to be registered as such with your GP, and to explore with Carers Support the help for you that might be available.  Click on the link below to view or download the Carers Support service leaflet.

Carers Support West Sussex leaflet Jan 2014

I’ve promised to send you information on a number of subjects that were raised:

Getting a timely occupational therapist assessment

Eligibility for a disabled faculties grant

Please click on the link below to view or download information about eligibility.

Disabled Facilities Grants – GOV.UK

Do you have to apply to get a message from the Queen when you are 100

The delivery of congratulatory messages marking 100th birthdays and 60th wedding anniversaries is arranged by the Anniversaries Office at Buckingham Palace.  Cards are sent by post to those celebrating their 100th and 105th birthday and every year thereafter, and to those celebrating their diamond wedding (60th), 65th, 70th wedding anniversaries and every year thereafter.

The Pension Service informs the Anniversaries Office of birthdays for recipients of UK State pensions. But, for data privacy reasons, there is no automatic alert from Government records for wedding anniversaries. For this reason, to make sure that a message is sent for birthdays and wedding anniversaries alike, an application should preferably be made by a relative or friend in advance of the special day.

Click on the link below to view or download the application form.

Birthday Form with FAQs

Attendance Allowance eligibility

Please view or download the leaflet by clicking on the link below.

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Details of the next Burgess Hill Dementia Friendly meetings.

Conference and Launch of Dementia Friendly Burgess Hill – 10 am Thursday
28th May 2015, The Martlets, Burgess Hill.  The event will include Virtual Dementia Tours and presentations.  The Virtual Dementia Tour alters senses and perception to simulate the day-to-day experiences of people with neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s. This is an open event, all are welcome.
Dementia Friendly Burgess Hill
For more information ring 01444 239869, or 07890 070794.

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