SB Connect Winter 2016

Scottish Borders Seniors Networking Forum seeks to

Older people and organisations who represent them are being encouraged to get involved in a new group set up to champion the interests of senior citizens in the Borders.

The Scottish Borders Seniors Networking Forum (SBSNF) was previously known as the Older Peoples Service Providers Forum and aims to build on the work of Elder Voice, which played a significant role in speaking up for older people in the Borders for many years.

SBSNF currently has representatives from a wide range of organisations including Ability Borders, Borders Advocacy Service, Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, Duns Senior Citizens, Hawick Men’s Shed, Fit Borders and local housing providers.

Since its first meeting in June, two further meetings have been held where a variety of guest speakers have given presentations with Health and Social Care Integration and the Scottish Ambulance Service just two examples.

Meetings will be held quarterly at venues across the region to give everyone who would like to take part the chance to come along.

SBSNF Chairperson Diana Findley said: “The Borders has one of the highest populations of older people in Scotland and it’s important that we speak up for ourselves. The Forum already has representatives from various agencies who work with and support seniors which allows us to share information and get to know
what others are doing in the area, but we are keen to encourage new members to join us. This invitation
also goes out to older people themselves who would like to be part of the Forum.

This will help us to work more closely with the Council, NHS Borders and the voluntary sector to improve the services they provide for older people across the region.”

Councillor Willie Archibald, Older People’s Champion and Forum member, said: “Coming together on a regular basis to share information about the issues facing older people in the Borders will be hugely helpful for everyone who comes along. I therefore anticipate that the Forum will take on a highly important role and would encourage anyone with an interest in the issues that are likely to be discussed to consider joining the group.”

Establishment of the Forum is being supported by the Community Capacity Building team.

Come along

The next meeting of the SBSNF is due to be held on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at the Priorwood Wellbeing Centre, High Road, Melrose, TD6 9EF. Come along at 10.15am for a 10.30am start – the meeting should last until around 12.30pm.

For more information, contact Diana Findley, Chairperson on 01835 823374 or at: diana.findley@btinternet.com You can also contact the Community Capacity Building team on 01835 825080 or at: CommunityCapacity@scotborders.gov.uk