Bus User Survey on proposed changes to West Sussex routes 2017

It is proposed to make changes to the West Sussex subsidised local bus service in 2017. This is due to falling passenger numbers on some routes. The objective of the survey is to assess the impact of the changes on the travelling public.

Please click on the blue line below for details.
Proposed changes to bus routes
A link to the survey is included in the above ldocument

Responses to
Jo Kenworthy
Information Officer, Transport Bureau
Residents’ Services, Highways and Transport
West Sussex County Council

MSOPC’s Winter Programme of Events

We’ve got a varied and interesting programme of events coming up this Autumn.  Here’s what’s coming up in February and March 2017

Mobile phone/Computer help drop in events: at

The Spire  Cafe at St John’s Church Burgess Hill
One to One help

Sessions every Thursday 11am – 1pm

Ardingly College
Term-time on Mondays 4.30 – 5.30pm
Starting again from 24 April 2017.
Ardingly College IT drop in 2017



Drop in Events 

Find out how to change your energy tariff or provider,  improve your energy efficiency and keep warm and well.

Heat for Health Conference: Affordable Warmth for Everyone in Mid Sussex

Monday 27 March 2017 at Clair Hall, Haywards Heath

9.30am – 14.30pm (Includes an information market place, workshops and lunch.)

Do you work (as a professional, or as a volunteer) with Mid Sussex people aged 65+ or families with children under 5?

Does your organisation or company provide social healthcare or energy services to Mid Sussex households?

Would you like to know about what help is available from April 2017 if you are living in a cold home?

If so, you may like to book yourself a place (and/or an information stand) at the free Conference.

Please ring 07460 088989 or email katja@msopc.org.uk to do so.

Any MSOPC enquiries contact the answerphone 01444 242760
Or email trustee@msopc.org.uk

Haywards Heath and District Group of Arthritic Care

MSOPC Information Roadshow presentation to the Haywards Heath and District Group of Arthritis Care.

Our Officer Anita Wright will highlight for the Group a whole range of services, benefits and activities that older people in Mid Sussex can benefit from, including MSOPC and its ‘Heat for Health’ initiative.

The Group is open to anyone in the Mid-Sussex area who suffers from any form of arthritis or who wishes to support the charity’s work.

Group meetings are usually held every 4th Monday of the month at The Yews, Boltro Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1BJ, at 7pm and include a variety of talks – both medical and general interest topics.

Various other social events, including monthly tea afternoons, are arranged throughout the year.

Contact the Chairman Don Hunter  on 01444 235736 or haywardsheathbranch@arthritiscare.org.uk for more information.

Creating Safe Communities

Discussion about the ways to tackle nuisance calls, anti-social behaviour, and the new policing model were discussed at MSOPC’s Conference after Katy Bourne made a presentation about the Sussex Elders’ Report.

See the Past events page for more information.

Volunteer to help MSOPC

It couldn’t be a more exciting time to join MSOPC – a local and growing charity, set up, managed and run by older people, all volunteers, for the benefit of Mid Sussex older people.

We are currently looking for more volunteers;-

Management Committee members – ideally people living in Mid Sussex who enjoy working together to plan and deliver MSOPC’s strategy and operation.

Individuals who might like to make use of their  Media and Communications experience, or Minute taking, or who have a knowledge of Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency, would be particularly welcome, as would aspiring “officers”.

In addition, we are always on the look out for those volunteers that can help at our events – Mini bus drivers, Event Stewards, Event Organisers, Digital Champions ….

If you think you can help please visit the Volunteer section of the website for more details.

Top Tips for Carers

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.

Not surprisingly, given the age of many carers, MSOPC is keen to recognise the massive contribution carers make to society and help carers realise that’s what they are – so they can get all the help and support they need to carry on with their valuable role.  Members of the MSOPC Management Committee  have been out this week – Carer’s week – in order to do this.

The information given out included Top Tips for Carers.  A copy of this can be viewed below by clicking on the blue link.

MSOPC Top Tips for Carers 2015

Spire Cafe IT Help Desk


If you need help with accessing the internet, sending emails, shopping on line, storing photos or anything like this on your computer, smartphone or tablet why not pop in for free advice and guidance?

The Computer Help Desk is held at the Spire Cafe on Thursdays  11.00 to 13.00 and is staffed by individual volunteers with the IT expertise who have been vetted and approved to become Digital Champions.

Any questions?
Email   trustee@msopc.org.uk
or ring 01444 242760 and leave a message.

How safe do you feel? What are the issues?

Over the next ten months, the Sussex 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.

The Sussex Elders’ Commission is an opportunity for older residents to support, challenge and inform the work of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne.  A full report of the Elders’ Commission will be delivered in March 2016 and will include recommendations and potential solutions to address issues such as financial abuse and coercion and older peoples’ fear of crime.

Commission members have told us that they are aware of eight key areas of concern for older residents. These are:

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

If you are interested in helping or talking to your local Elders’ Commission member call 01273 481 561, visit http://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/elders-commission/ or, if you’d like a paper survey form contact trustee@msopc.org.uk or leave a message on the MSOPC answer phone 01444 242760.