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 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.




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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 McDonald  

  Contact: 07933 653313

  Email: anne-hscn@outlook.com

   Co-ordinator for Caithness and Sutherland

  East,  Mid and Wester Ross and Inverness




  Jo Cowan

  Contact: 07933 653585

  Email: jo-hscn@outlook.com

  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 Older People's Groups Get-Togethers over the past three years - meeting in Inverness, Caithness, Badenoch & Strathspey, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh, Nairn and Sutherland. 

Spring 2019 Programme of Meetings and Events

We have a busy and exciting programme of events lines up for the coming months. You can download invitations to the events by clicking on the area links below. Invitations will be added as they become available.


Skye & Lochalsh

Monday 4th March

Aros Centre, Portree

11 – 3.30


Easter Ross

Monday 11th March

Kensal Hall, Alness

11 - 2.30

Wester Ross

Wednesday 13th March

The GALE Centre, Gairloch

11 - 2

Nairn &         Surrounds

Wednesday 27th March

Nairn Community & Arts                  Centre, Nairn

10.30 - 2

Mid Ross

Friday 29th March  

The Muir Hub,  Muir of Ord

10.30 - 2


Tuesday 2nd April

The Pentland Hotel, Thurso

10.30 - 2


Wednesday 3rd April

Invershin Hall, Lairg

10.30 – 2

“Still Game” Men’s Event

Tuesday 16th April

Highland Folk Museum,                      Newtonmore

10.30 – 3.30

Badenoch & Strathspey

Friday 3rd May

Grant Arms Hotel,                  Grantown on Spey

10.00 - 3.00

Get-Togethers are planned in Drumnadrochit in May, and Inverness in June: details still to be confirmed. BOOKING IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS.


For more information about the above events please contact our co-ordinators: 

                        Anne        anne-hscn@outlook.com or ( 07933 653313)                                Jo          jo-hscn@outlook.com or ( 07933 653585)




Visit our news and events page for further details


                       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.

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

please save this file to your computer and email it to us at hscn@hotmail.co.uk


Book now for HSCN AGM and Conference 24 April 2019

Highland Senior Citizens NetworkMailboxes, Box 301.
8 Church Street,
Inverness IV1 1EA
Tel 07716 884989
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