Tendring Older Peoples Forum


The main aim of the Tendring Older People’s Forum is to explore the needs of the older population of the Tendring District and make recommendations for service delivery.  The forum is open to all residents of Tendring who feel that life begins at 50 and want to share their ideas or concerns with like minded people.






Contact information:

Wally Bensilum, Chairman.

Contact details: Tendring Older People’s Forum c/o CVST Tel: 01255 425692; or use the contact us page


Next Meeting: TBC 2020,  10am - 12noon 

Venue: Weeley Council Offices 


Agenda and minutes  - available soon

Forthcoming Meetings (usually Last Friday of every other month) :

Electrical Safety First

Keeping warm in winter is especially important for older people but Age Alliance Member Electrical Safety First are highlighting the need to take particular care when using portable heaters.  Those aged 80 and over made up nearly 40% of the fatalities caused by portable heater fires last year but research by Electrical Safety First found that 33% of people would use a portable heater to keep an elderly relative warm. Electrical Safety First discovered more than half of those surveyed  would use portable heaters as an alternative to keep warm this winter – yet 38% admitted that they would leave a heater switched on and unattended, with 21% saying they would leave one switched on overnight. And with portable heaters having caused 73 deaths, around 1000 injuries and over 3,800 fires since 2009/10, the dangers posed by using them incorrectly are very real. To minimise risk, Electrical Safety First and Fire and Rescue Services have produced the following guidance:

  • Never leave portable heaters unattended
  • Never leave them on whilst sleeping
  • Ensure they are positioned safely, away from anything which could knock them over
  • Place them at least a metre – around three feet – away from combustible material, such as paper or curtains
  • Never buy second-hand halogen heaters
  • Don’t plug halogen heaters into an extension lead – these can be easily overloaded and cause fires
  • Regularly check your heater and, if it is damaged, don’t use it.



Useful links this winter!

Get Ready for Winter


Benefits advice for older people


Cold weather payment scheme



Winter Fuel Payment


Energy Efficiency Grants


Donating Winter Fuel payments


Age UK Winter Wrapped Up


Disability Rights – Help with heating factsheet


Essex Police information on being safe, including securing your home against burglars


Essex County Fire and Rescue – fire safety information


Trading Standards advice


Silverline, a confidential advice service for older people, launched by Esther Rantzen


Information on Flu Jabs


Cold Weather Plan




Older People's Meeting in Biberach, Germany

Click here to see the report from the Older People's Meeting in Bibierach, Germany.


Useful information: Click on the links for further information.

Lunch Clubs

Social Clubs

Transport information




End of Life Care Strategy for NE Essex

This document is now approved by the CCG Board, finalised and published.


Close to home - An inquiry into older people and human rights in home care

Click here for a copy of the report by the Equalty and Human Rights Commission that is now being highlighted in the press.


ECC Older People Planning Group

Formed in December 1995, the Older People Planning Group (OPPG) welcomes anyone who is interested in issues that may affect older people’s quality of life  either www.essex.gov.uk or www.engageessex.org.uk


Future East  ‘Wising up to older lives in East of England’

Future East is a unique membership body, bringing together different perspectives to make life better for older people in the East of England.     www.futureeast.org.uk




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