A message from our Chair, Dr Ian McNamara

HSCN has been successfully campaigning on issues that impact senior citizens for over 20 years. As the over 55s become a larger proportion of the population, it's more important than ever that our voice is heard. Our Strategic Plan, Alternative Futures, shows how we aim to achieve this. 


Join us today to make your voice heard.



In 2015 we appointed two Co-ordinators to assist the Chairman and the Board of Trustees to network communities in Highland Region.  

They are : 


  Anne MacDonald  

  Contact: 07933 653313

  Email: anne-hscn@outlook.com

   Co-ordinator for Caithness and Sutherland

  East,  Mid and Wester Ross and Inverness




  Jo Cowan

  Contact: 07933653585

  Email: jo-hscn@outlook.com

  Co-ordinator for Lochaber, Skye and  

  Lochalsh, Badenoch and Strathspey, 

  Nairn and Inverness


NEWS FLASH - ‚ÄčHighland Older People’s Groups Get-together

Facilitated by

Highland Senior Citizens Network & Age Scotland

Merkinch Centre, Thursday 6th October, 11am – 2pm

An opportunity for older people’s groups to come together and look at common issues, share information about local services and discuss the idea of having a programme of gatherings in local areas.  Presentations by:

· Highland Council Welfare Support Team

· Volunteering Service, Raigmore Hospital

· The Highland Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (HADP)

All HSCN and Age Scotland members are invited to attend.  Please confirm attendance and any dietary requirements to: hscn@hotmail.co.uk  or 07716 884989 by Thursday 29th September

Other venues and dates to be arranged to include Fort William, Ullapool, Wick and Grantown-on-Spey.


NEWS FLASH - Anne and Kelly have finalised the Co-ordinators' Report on funding entitled: 

"Report for the NHS Highland Integrated Care Fund funding for HSCN Co-ordinators" dated 19 May 2016 

Funding and Outcomes so far and plan of what is next  (Click Here) 


News Flash - February 2016

Report on Funeral Poverty in Scotland - a review for the Scottish Government

Funeral Poverty in Scotland (click here)  

by Citizen Advice Bureau, Spectrum House, Powderhall Road, Edinburgh

Tel 0131 550 1000 if you want a hard copy.


News Flash - December 2015

Report on Convention on the Rights of Residents in Care Homes for Adults and Older People.  

Convention on the Rights of Residents in Care Homes for Adults and Older People (Click here) 

Scottish Care, 54a Holmston Road, Ayr, KA7 3BE

Tel: 01292 270240; Email: enquiries@scottishcare.org

Website: www.scottishcare.org

News Flash - April 2015

"Who's Here for Me?" the DVD based on Dr Sara Bradley's research is now available on the Research page.  We welcome any feedback on the Let Us Know page.



"Crabbit Old Woman", also variously titled "Look Closer", "Look Closer Nurse", "Kate", "Open Your Eyes" or "What Do You See?"is a poem written in 1966 by Phyllis McCormack, then working as a nurse in Sunnyside Hospital, Montrose. The poem is written in the voice of an old woman in a nursing home who is reflecting upon her life. Crabbit is Scots for "bad-tempered" or "grumpy".

HSCN in conjunction with Eden Court Theatre, Inverness created a short video of the poem to be shown at their annual Conference in April 2015. 



Who we are

A Highland-wide network of local voices, joined to be representative of the 77,000 people of the Highlands who are over 55.

We aspire to be independent, well-informed and credible; and above all, to truly empower the voices of senior citizens across Highland.

What we do

Celebrate our contribution to communities

Share good practice in enabling well-being

Inform, support  and achieve positive action for change

Ensure that our voice is heard and impacts decisions that affect us

Collectively advocate for vulnerable older adults to ensure their human rights are respected

How we work

We work with our members, to identify issues that impact their well being.

We undertake research projects to provide evidence for change: click to find out more.

We inform public sector bodies about what our members tell us, and campaign on issues.

Get involved!

Do you have an issue you feel must be addressed?

Do you want to help with our campaigns?

Do you have skills that can help with HSCN's work?

Let us know! or

Join us today to become a member

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