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.

Connecting our Communities – volunteer opportunities

Are you confident on your tablet, smart phone or laptop?  Can you show older people how to get an email address, search the internet, or skype?  Will your company or school support you to volunteer to do this?

Could you help with making the refreshments and clearing tables?

We are looking for such volunteers to join us at our events.

Please contact trustee@msopc.org.uk , if you are interested in volunteering and helping in the way described.

Would you like to be the MSOPC Media and Communications volunteer?

If you filled this volunteer role you would be working to ensure maximum coverage of MSOPC and its activities. This may mean that you will need to communicate directly with editors of local village, parish and town community publications, journalists and advertising staff of local newspapers, radio and T.V. as necessary.  In addition you are likely to be in contact our partners, which includes NHS, local Councils and community organsiations.

This is a role that is likely to be filled by someone with either media experience or has previously worked in PR or other similar roles. You will need to be computer literate and have the ability and confidence to communicate at all levels.

Whilst it is envisaged that this role would be filled by a volunteer who would enjoy being part of the MSOPC management team 60+, application from individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills who want to do voluntary work of this nature and have an empathy with older people will be welcomed.

If you are interested in joining us to fill this role please email trustee@msopc.org.uk or leave a message on 01444 242760 or use “Contact Us” facility on this website.

Contact the MSOPC

Want to become an MSOPC Committee member or help MSOPC in another way?
MSOPC is always keen to recruit more Committee members, other volunteers and supporters.
Please use the Contact Us form found on the website under ‘Contact Us’