Andover and District Older People’s Forum update


 May/June 2022

Everyone worked really hard to get this show on the road; no one more so than Mollie, the Events Organiser.  It was held on the 18TH MAY 2022 AT ANDOVER BAPTIST CHURCH here is Mollie’s Report on the great day,

Mollie ,the Events Organiser

Mollie said,

Well our event has come and gone – leaving us members of Andover and District Older People’s Forum with much to think about!

We would certainly want the ‘Andover for all Ages’ that Stephen Burke, our guest speaker from the national group ‘United for all Ages’ talked about. He gave an excellent talk and slide-show citing different ways and models of achieving this in small and larger ways, and hopefully sowed a few seeds of possibilities amongst our audience of stallholders, public and members. We would have liked a bigger audience but realise that Covid has slowed down attendance at such events. None of the local nursing or care homes who were doing so much good intergenerational work ‘pre Covid’ felt safely able to attend. Like their hospital colleagues, they are still adhering to Covid safety procedures about avoiding too much public mixing to avoid risk to their patients.

This week was also dedicated to ‘Mental Health Awareness’ which can affect any age group and it was great to have displays from Andover MIND, the Older Persons Community Mental Health Team and Sporting Memories. Apart from our Forum for older people, we were fortunate to have displays from Age Concern Hampshire, Brendon Care Clubs, and ‘I Can therapy’ and Valley Leisure.

The Voluntary Sector organization Unity which supports us all across the age spectrum was represented and positive health advice came from the Proactive Care Team and the Falls Team as well as the British Red Cross with first-aid guidance. Test Valley Borough Council was consulting on the Local Plan and the NHS Hampshire and Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group were asking about our local health concerns.

It was lovely to see a display from Balksbury Federation of schools and hear from teachers and pupils about what they are doing now and possible thoughts on intergenerational linkages for the future. The display board was an excellent example of intergenerational collaboration. Stephen, our guest speaker, was certainly impressed by this and all our displays. Many thanks to all stand holders for all the hard work they put into the event.

What crowned the event for me was the empathy and enthusiasm exhibited by Andover Town Deputy Mayor, Cllr Rebecca Meyer, who opened our exhibition and showed such an interest in all the displays.

We hope that further initiatives will develop from this launch event which will benefit all age groups and my thanks to my AOPF colleagues who helped the day run smoothly.

We have a good number of photos of the Intergenerational Event to share with you. Please click HERE for a link to see


At their AGM meeting in April it was suggested that the next Committee Meeting should be open to any of our members that would like to share their views or advice or simply listen in.
The next Committee Meeting is on Thursday 9th June 2pm to 4pm and will be held at Riverside Bowls which is 22 – 30 Bridge Street, Andover (above Wilko Store). It is on the first floor but there is a lift. If you are interested and can make it can you let Wendy, , know… on 01264 737 251 or email as they need to know numbers.

To read their latest news letter , please click here

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