Highland Senior Citizens Network: our service during COVID-19 (Coronavirus) period
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Highland Senior Citizens Network has suspended all face-to-face meetings and events for now.
Our Co-ordinators continue their work from home, and are available by phone:
Anne McDonald [07933 653313] Jo Cowan [07933 653585]
or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Our Highland Senior Citizens Network phone continues to be available
[07716 884 989] and you can e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage our members, and those who support older people in Highland, to continue to get in touch with us to tell us about new information, initiatives and sources of help; to relay any difficulties in accessing information or services; and to share news of involvement and resilience in your community or your organisation. We have added a page of helpful contacts during the Coronavirus pandemic. Click here to access.
We are circulating regular Covid-19 News-sheets to keep in touch with our membership and to share news and information. Click here for our newsletter page.
A message from our Chair, Dr Ian McNamara
HSCN has been successfully campaigning on issues that impact senior citizens for almost 25 years. As the over 55s become a larger proportion of the population, it is more important than ever that our voice is heard. The words ‘Growing Ageing Population’ are invariably rolled off the tongues of politicians and service providers when the lack of services for our age group is questioned. By engaging with us in a constructive way we will be seen as part of the solution, not the problem.
Join us today to make your voice heard.
HSCN Constitution is available by clicking here:
In 2015 we appointed two Co-ordinators to assist the Chairman and the Board of Trustees to network communities in Highland Region.
They are :
Contact: 07933 653313
Co-ordinator for Caithness and Sutherland
East, Mid and Wester Ross and Inverness
Contact: 07933 653585
Co-ordinator for Lochaber, Skye and
Lochalsh, Badenoch and Strathspey,
Nairn and Inverness
Highland Older People’s Groups Get-Togethers
An opportunity for older people’s groups to come together and look at common issues, share information about local services and suggest content and activities for future gatherings in your area.
Facilitated by Highland Senior Citizens Network & Age Scotland
We've had a really successful programme of Get-Togethers over the past four years - facilitating meetings in Inverness, Caithness, Badenoch & Strathspey, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh, Nairn, Sutherland, East, West and Mid-Ross.
Our 2020 Programme of Meetings and Events is currently on hold due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation
Current government and health authority advice means that we will not be holding any face-to-face meetings until we are advised that it is safe to do so.
If you have any issues which you wish to share with Highland Senior Citizens Network, please feel free to contact our Co-ordinators:
Anne email@example.com or (07933 653313)
Jo firstname.lastname@example.org or (07933 653585)
CRABBIT OLD WOMAN
"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.
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