Category Archives: Senior Citizens

Last Over 50s Forum heralds new era

Group of senior citizensEnderby residents, along with others in Blaby District, have the chance to be part of an exciting new community group as the Over 50s Forum gains independence.

The last official meeting of the group in its current form will take place on Friday 3 June from 2-4pm in the Council Chamber, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

At the meeting, the reigns to the new, independent “ageWise Blaby District” will be handed over to the management committee.

Speakers from the First Contact Plus scheme at Leicestershire County Council and Age UK Leicestershire & Rutland will be at the final meeting, as well as other information stalls.

ageWise Blaby District will continue with the aim of enabling residents of the district to age well.

The group will help members to stay healthy and independent, reduce isolation and loneliness, feel safe at home and in the community, whilst also enhancing self-esteem and happiness.

The new group is open to residents of Blaby District over 18 years of age with an interest in supporting the aims of the group.

Roy Swann, Chair of ageWise Blaby District, said:

“We are so excited to begin the independent group.

“The Council has been fantastic over the years and it has been a valuable forum for so many people.

“The new ageWise Blaby District management committee looks forward to continuing the positive impact the group has had since its beginnings at Blaby District Council.

“We wish to take this new group forward and our aim in the early days is to increase our membership to benefit as many residents in the District of Blaby as we can.”

National Fraud Intelligence Bureau warns ‘beware of Cape Verde scam’

Action Fraud Alert logoThe National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has been alerted to a pension scam whereby cold callers continue to target members of the public aged 50 to 60 years old to release and transfer their pension early.

Suspected firms who advertise and arrange pensions are offering investments in alternative commodities such as hotel developments or property in Cape Verde, and operate as unregulated collective investment schemes.

Often, the cold calling ‘pension companies’ involved are neither regulated nor qualified to give financial advice and classify themselves as a ‘trustee’, ‘consultant’ or an ‘independent advisor’ and offer exceptionally high return rates for investors.

Some victims have signed documents that authorises a limited company to be set up using their personal details, including utilising a Small Self–Administered Scheme (SSAS). Whilst SSAS accounts and limited companies are essential for legitimate schemes, the fact that victims are unaware that this will happen suggests that the scheme may not have been fully explained to them, increasing the likelihood that there may be an element of fraud involved.

Protect yourself:

Further advice can be found at:

Ensure that you request that the risks and growth rates are explained and that you fully understand them before transferring your pension

Check whether the pension arrangement company is registered with the FCA. Registered companies can be checked using the FCA register online at:

Remember that if the offer seems too good to be true, then it generally is

If you believe that you have been a victim of fraud you can report it online or by telephone 0300 123 2040.

Feel alive…… from 65!

Booklet4A charity taster session for a week of events aimed at getting seniors to try different physical activities is to take place at the end of September.

Feel Alive from 65 is a countywide campaign for older persons who want to try different activities to stay active.

The week will launch in Blaby District on Monday 28 September at Braunstone Civic Centre from 1:00-4:00pm, costing just £2.50 with all proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Events on the taster day will include Tai Chi, Yoga, Seated Exercise and Kurling, the floor version of the sport normally played on ice. There will also be refreshments, health checks and a Dementia Friends session at the centre.

A range of activities

There will be 19 activity sessions between 28 September-2 October in the district for seniors, including Fit to Dance, Zumba Gold, Badminton and Over 50s Circuits, with many of the sessions free for first timers.

Councillor Sheila Scott
Cllr. Scott: Important to keep active

Councillor Sheila Scott, Health Improvement and Leisure Services Portfolio Holder, said:

“It’s important that people of every age keep as active as they can, but especially in seniors where it is so easy to become inactive.”

“We want to help as many people as possible find a sport or activity that they enjoy, and I hope this week achieves that.”

For more information on the activities during Feel Alive From 65 call the Health and Leisure services team on 0116 272 7703, e-mail or visit

Over 50 yrs of age? Then come along to the Blaby District Over 50s Forum meeting

Group of senior citizensAnyone aged 50 years or over and living in Blaby District can ‘have their say’ and keep informed about local issues and services that affect them by attending the Blaby District Over 50s Forum this September.

The next meeting of the Over 50’s forum takes place on Monday 14th September from 2pm until 4pm in the council chamber at the council offices on Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP.

The topic for the meeting is ‘keeping safe and well this winter‘.

Guest speakers include Blaby District Council’s Health Improvement Officer, Leicestershire Police and the Papworth Trust who will be talking about their new ‘Warm Homes, Healthy Homes’ project.

There will be advice on crime prevention and health and fitness services for the Over 50s within the district.

These were all issues that residents declared were important in the ageing well consultation earlier this year.

Joy, a member from Braunstone Town, said:

“I’ve been going to the forum for years now and it’s really come on a lot over time. You get so much out of going to the

For more information please contact Zoe Coulson at or call Tel: 0116 272 7566.*

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Blaby District Over 50s Forum will discuss local issues and services

Group of senior citizensAnyone aged 50 years or over who wants to ‘have their say’ – and be kept informed about local issues and services that affect them – can come along to the Blaby District Over 50s Forum.

The next meeting is taking place on Monday 8th June from 2pm until 4pm in the council chamber, at the Council offices in Narborough.

There will be guest speakers at the meeting talking about new schemes in the district to help to tackle isolation and loneliness among older people.

Other information at the meeting will include community transport options for residents and feedback from the recent Ageing Well Survey conducted by Blaby District Council, which closed at the start of May.

Roy Swann, the newly elected Chair of the forum, said:

“This is an exciting time to join the forum as we start a new programme of topics for the year.

It’s a great place to find out about services, get advice, share your opinions and experiences and talk with other residents.

New members are always welcome.”

For more information please contact Zoe Coulson at or call 0116 272 7566.