The forum was established in 2011 under the name of Swindon Older Peoples Forum (SOPF).
In 2011 David Brown, representing the retired community service volunteers, and Carol Brownlee, representing Swindon Walcot and Parks Community Group,
were invited to the South West Seniors Forum conference in Taunton.
decided that nothing like this was going on in Swindon,
so they came back to Swindon and
decided they would try to set up
something along similar lines.
See also: Feature in the Swindon Advertiser and the SSF promotional video which we made with Swindon Viewpoint Community Media to raise awareness of the extent and effect of loneliness.
Friday, 20 April 2018
(13:00 to 15:00)
Lawn Community Centre, Guildford Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 1JL
Please note: Due to the specialized nature of the discussions involved, this is not a public event and attendance is by invitation only.
Photos: Josie Williams.
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Gorse Hill Baptist Church has a Lunch Club on Tuesdays where a low-cost and nutritious meal is provided, together with the benefit of friendship with other members, and the occasional longer session lasting several hours where crafts or performances may be part of the event. Prior booking is necessary. Interested people can phone the GHBC number 01793 534193, and leave a message if no-one is in the office.
The occasional "ReCreate Arts & Crafts" event at Gorse Hill Baptist Church is for all ages, "4 to 104". The Christmas event is on Saturday 25th November from 10.30am to 1.00pm. There are lots of crafts to do, and a simple lunch at the end. While most of the attendees are parents and children, seniors would be very welcome. Teas and coffees are also available, and if a visitor wants a few minutes' quiet, they can always sit in the church area and enjoy watching a slideshow on the screen. This is always a free event. GHBC website (for future dates) is www.ghbc.org.uk
On most other Saturdays, Gorse Hill Baptist Church has "Kettle's on", a tea-coffee-and-hot-chocolate drop-in event, from 10.30am to 12.00noon. Please note also that the same foyer houses the Gorse Hill collection of books from Swindon Library, operated on a sign-out honesty book basis. There are lots of books on gardening and cookery etc., plus loads of fiction! The library collection can be accessed whenever the church is open. Please ring 01793 534193 for information, leaving a message if necessary.
Visit this link for details of how to contact Gorse Hill Baptist Church and the latest upcoming event.
Swindon Viewpoint Community Media produced a promotional video for Swindon Seniors Forum for use at our events and on our website and concentrated on raising awareness of the extent and effect of loneliness.