Horsham District Older Peoples Forum

HDOPF are currently:

a member of the Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance and represented on the HD Dementia Friendly Communities Steering Group; and

represented on the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership - Older Vulnerable Persons Forum & Road Safety Action Group regarding the older driver; and 

represented on Horsham Town Community Partnership and working on 2 projects; mobility scooter training and Horsham combined bus routes and timetables; and

working with Age UK Horsham, WSCC, Healthwatch WS;  and

working with WSCC (Partnership & Communities and Transport Bureau), Age UK Horsham District & Community Transport Sussex on a Community Transport Working Group; and

represented on a service task & finishing working group on Post A&E Attendance / Hospital Admission Falls Prevention with NHS Sussex and East Sussex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), Sussex Health & Care Partnership and

working with HDC (Health & Wellbeing) on continuing to update the Horsham District Older Peoples Directory of Services.

If you would like to get involved and / or come along or if you require more information then please contact us email: horshamolderpeoplesforum@gmail.com or through the 'Contact Us' page on this website.

You can also find us on Facebook    and      Twitter



Do you have views or concerns on local issues that affect you or someone you care for or about as an older person? Are you concerned as to what may happen to you as you get older? Do you wonder how you can have your voice heard? Do you see things changing in your local area and wonder why didn't they consider those who are getting older? Do you ever think to yourself 'If they'd have asked me I could have told them that'? Do you have concerns about local issues such as uneven paving/cobbles / 'A' boards in Horsham town centre, local public transport, electric buggies, GP surgeries, access to hospitals, home care etc. etc? 

"..We live in denial that the old are our future selves. Jeremy Paxman rants in disgust that the magazine Mature Times carries adverts for stairlifts and hearing aids. You’d think he was immortal, not 66. As the writer Atul Gawande says, we deal with “the final phase of the human life cycle by trying not to think about it”. This mindset helps us face the bathroom mirror and an uncertain future. But it makes for appalling politics." Janice Turner 'We must stop pretending we'll never grow old'

The HDOPF was formerly known as the Horsham District Senior Persons Council and changed its name in December 2014 to come into line with other similar groups i.e. Mid Sussex Older Peoples Council. It was decided to be a Forum rather than the more formal title of 'Council' as our Forum consists of local people, 'Supporters' rather than fee paying Members. 

If you are aged 60 or over and reside in the HDC area (or care for someone who is/does), we really need your experiences, views and support. An important part of that is the use of email to impart information and quickly seek your views on particular topics. You can do that by emailing us and joining our email circulation list.

We have 4 public meetings a year, at differing locations around the district and on different days of the week. Anyone aged 60 or above who resides in the Horsham District is welcome to attend (we do ask though if you can please inform us beforehand that you are coming so that we can accommodate the number of people attending).

We would also welcome representatives of any Horsham District, Neighbourhood or Parish Councils, WSCC or any local group, charity or organisation that include older people to become involved with HDOPF and attend our meetings. If you would like to attend and/or have your groups links on this website or have information to disseminate please contact us. We would also like to seek your group's views when we are consulted on local issues involving older people and distribute important relevant information to local groups/organisations etc. Please let us know if you would like to be on our email circulation list. We also have the opportunity for guest speakers at our meetings. 
The HDOPF is supported by HDC and received a small financial set up grant of £500 in 2016 and a further grant of £975 in February 2020 to cover hall hire and admin costs etc.

If you have any articles, information or useful links that could be included on this website please let us have them.

If you are willing to share your experiences or can’t make the meetings to talk or listen in person or have relevant concerns information then email: horshamolderpeoplesforum@gmail.com or hdopforum@gmail.com or for further information look at the pages of this website.  

All HDOPF public meetings are free to attend and are 10.30am - 1pm 

In 2015 public meetings were held at:   

Monday 9th March - Lower Beeding Village Hall

Tuesday 2nd June - Washington Village Hall, Dore Room

Wednesday 9th September - Rudgwick Village Hall (& AGM)

Thursday 10th December 2015 - Partridge Green, St Michaels Church Room

2016 meetings were held at:

4th March 2016 - HDC offices Parkside Horsham - Jeremy Quin MP

1st June - Pulborough Social centre

6th September - Slinfold Village Hall (& AGM)

8th December 2016 - Lower Beeding Village Hall.

2017 meetings held at 

3rd March 2017 - Drill Hall, Horsham - Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP

7th June 2017 - Rudgwick Village Hall

31st August 2017 - Henfield Village Hall

6th December 2017 - Southwater Parish Council Offices

2018 meetings

16th November 2018 - 10.30am HDC ground floor conference room, Parkside, Chart Way, Horsham - MP's Question Time - Jeremy Quin MP 

May 30th    Wednesday 10.15am tea/coffee for 1030-1300 Meeting BILLINGSHURST CENTRE, Roman Way, Billinghurst RH14 9EW              

August 29th  Wednesday  10.15am tea/coffee for 1030-1300 Meeting COLGATE VILLAGE MEMORIAL HALL,  1, Vicarage Close, Colgate, Horsham  RH12 4BB.          

December 4th 2018 Tuesday     10.15am tea/coffee for 1030-1300  Meeting ASHINGTON CENTRE, Foster Lane, Ashington  RH20 3PG.  

2019 meetings

18th March 2019 Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Storrington

29th May 2019 Steyning Centre, Flethchers Croft, Steyning

3rd September 2019 Roffey Millenium Hall & AGM

The 22nd November 2019 HDOPF MP Question Time event with Rt. Hon. Nick Herbert then MP for Arundel & South Downs had to be cancelled due to the general election in December 2019

Guest Speakers

We have excellent guest speakers from various organisations and groups and regular visits from officers at Horsham District Council giving us presentations on various issues that affect older people.

Past Guest Speakers included:

Guest speakers: Tara Beesley 4sightvision

Brian Cooper REMAP

Zoe Harris My Care Matters  

Tim Wilkins Alzheimers' Society on Dementia Friends & Awareness

Anne Beamish  WSCC Trading Standards on fraud committed against the elderly

Tracie Thomas Head of WSCC Adult Services on the Care Act 2014

Ruth Corden WSCC Adult Services & Lynda Ryan Age UK West Sussex on WSCC long term care  Carewise 

Paul Taylor HDC Community Recreation Officer

Andrew Moffat Chairman of Horsham District NHW on the benefits of being a member of a NHW 

Sarah Owen WSCC Healthwatch

Dr Anusree Sasidharan - WSCC Safeguarding Adults Board

Donna Bailey from 'Impact Initiative' with regards the services at Henfield Day Centre.

Sonia Mangan CEO Age UK Horsham 

Graham Sitton who is on the Elder Commission of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner

Joy Hearn HDC Dementia Friendly Co-ordinator on Horsham District Dementia Action Alliance 

Emma Bailey Community Link Manager  Horsham District Health & Wellbeing services

Greg Charman on the Horsham District Community Safety Partnership Older Vulnerable Persons Group

Judith Packer on WSCC Health & Wellbeing Services

Amanda Jupp Chairman of WSCC

Jeremy Quinn MP

Nick Herbert MP

Richard Davy Deputy District Commander West Sussex Fire & Rescue on the older driver

Sarah Lambert & Jason Collins Post Office Ltd on the support available to open and support local post offices

Philip Lansbury Solicitor Kreston Reeves on Wills & Powers Of Attorney

Philp Mockett HDC Community Link Advisor on community link alarms

Alexandra Nevatt on the Henfield Mediacl Practice Connector Plus project

 If your organisation would like to attend one of our meetings and /or provide a guest speaker please contact us.

‘Dementia Friendly Horsham’
HDOPF has joined the Horsham Dementia Action Alliance, with our action plan towards making Horsham a more dementia-friendly district.


Minutes of our previous meetings, dates and places of meetings can be found on this website

Please come along to our meetings and share your views. We welcome the life skills, experience and knowledge that you undoubtedly have and any help you can give in progressing the cause of older people in Horsham District.

'The new retirement' - Series of Guardian articles 2017

 Local issues of concern put forward as important to Horsham Blueprint as we get older:



Unable to drive anymore
Lack of Public Transport

Transport between Horsham and Redhill Hospitals

Uneven walking surfaces

Lack of suitable public seating

Sufficient clean public toilets

Can't get to new store as it is too far to walk

Need for Mobility Scooter training 

Fear of losing public open space

Need a cafe in town for older people to replace Christian bookshop 

Entertainment at Capitol for afternoon performances

Parking on pavements and across dropped kerbs blocking access for mobility scooters

Cycling on Footpaths


Doctors moving out of town

Fear of mental illness


Waiting times to see a a doctor

Overcrowded hospitals

Fear of needing care either at home or in residential care


Fear of not being able to afford residential care

Fear of not being able to afford to attend day centres if my mental health deteriorates



Need to downsize but haven't got the funds and need help to organise a move.

* Courtesy of Horsham Blueprint - Ageing Population Working Group

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