South West Seniors' Network
South West  Seniors' Network




Supporting older people's organisations throughout the South West Region.

Helping older people to have a voice and influence.



                                          Devon Conference

                      Our Transport Challenges and the Way Ahead

            Held on Friday 10th February 2017 at Exeter Football Ground.


Presentation by Devon County Council on Passenger Transport
Devon TCS Transport Senior Voice 2017.pp[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [5.2 MB]
More volunteers needed to join 'Our Way ,Our Say' a support project within Living Options Devon
Living Options Devon Our Way Our Say.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [346.0 KB]

                                                                                                           Cornwall Conference: A Fractured NHS?

Reducing your risk SWSN 301019.p[...]
Microsoft Power Point presentation [57.0 MB]

                                South West Senior's Cornwall  Conference                                       

                                     Held on 26th October 2016 in Truro




This conference in Truro was fully booked and rated as good or very good by 90% of those who attended. The challenging topic of the conference included presentations from Jim Mckenna, the portfolio holder for Adult Care in Cornwall Council; Rik Evans the former Vice Chair of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust; Andrew George the former Health Select Committee member and Kathy Byrne CEO of the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust.The event was chaired by Judith Whiteley, Chairperson of South West Senior's Network.








SWSN Management Committee 2019-2020.

David Short,       NC 50+ Alliance

Diane Gooch,     Chairperson of WSUN,

Dilys Warren,     GOPA,

Janet Royston,   TUC Pensioners Committee.

Jim Kent,           West Somerset Senior Forum

Joe Hui,             CLP-BACWG

Ropshitz,           Devon Prison Cluster

Loretta Whetlor. West Somerset Senior Forum.

Louise Rendle    CEO of WSUN

Mark Poarch      CEO Brace

Margaret Coles, Devon Comunities Group


Neal Davies,      Taunton U3A

Rosa Hui,           BACWG


SWSN Management Committee; TIME TABLE of meetings for 2022/2023 to be arranged


Task Force

SWSN Management Committee














Surviving Care: South West Seniors' Conference held on

Taunton Wednesday 13th July 2016





Attendees at the Taunton Conference heard how hens were helping to 'henergise' older people through a  project funded by the Big Lottery. Presentation given by Equal Arts.




Attendees were also entranced by a presentation on Hearing Dogs and how they are such valuable companions to those with hearing loss. The Conference raised over £100 on the day in donations to assist Hearing Dogs.



The Real People Theatre Company is a women's theatre company founded in 1999 by Sue Lister and Anne Murray.  Their performance 'I am x years old when will it be safe for me to come out', looks at why so many women hide part of themselves for fear of prejudice and social exclusion when going into care. It is as if they wear paper bags which mask the 'shameful parts'.




" South West Seniors' previous conference in Weston Super Mare 2014 'A great event,thank you"
Catherine Stephens of the Big lottery Fund running a workshop for us at one of our previous conference
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