Elderly have a strong voice

Pastor Chas Sandhu (second right) from The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, accepts a donation from Welland Seniors' Forum members Geoff Perkins, chairman Maureen Scantlebur (second left) and June Skelton.  Photo supplied.
Pastor Chas Sandhu (second right) from The Lighthouse Church, Spalding, accepts a donation from Welland Seniors' Forum members Geoff Perkins, chairman Maureen Scantlebur (second left) and June Skelton. Photo supplied.
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Where do elderly people in South Holland turn to for advice on everything from health and benefits to digital TV and shopping?

The answer is Welland Seniors’ Forum, formed in 2002 as a watchdog and interest group for the concerns of older people in South Holland.

A health and wellbeing event for the over 60s at Weston Village Hall'with Alison Thorold and Barbara O'Neill of Age UK, Maureen Scantlebury ofWelland Seniors' Forum, Jayne Thomas and Jean Cowles.  ENGANL00120131121170527

A health and wellbeing event for the over 60s at Weston Village Hall'with Alison Thorold and Barbara O'Neill of Age UK, Maureen Scantlebury ofWelland Seniors' Forum, Jayne Thomas and Jean Cowles. ENGANL00120131121170527

Its name was chosen to show that the group was representing elderly people from the Welland villages such as Cowbit, Pinchbeck and Weston.

But despite members voting last year to keep the name as Welland Seniors’ Forum, the group represents elderly people living in Crowland, Donington, Gosberton and Surfleet as well.

Chairman Maureen Scantlebury said: “Our aim is to listen to the concerns of older people, expressed in letters or at our open meetings.

“The forum’s commitee then investigates those concerns and tries to resolve them, working together with various authorities and health bodies to improve local services and also offer a valuable source of advice for them as well.

“Over 25 per cent of the South Holland population is of pensionable age.

“It’s therefore important that we try to reflect their views and make contact with the isolated, vulnerable and lonely.”

Anyone who is aged over 55 is welcome to attend forum meetings and receive a bi-monthly newsletter.

For more details on the Forum, call Maureen on 01775 711427.