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 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. 

Spring 2020 Programme of Meetings and Events

Our Spring 2020 programme is currently being planned. Details of all Get-Togethers will appear below as they are arranged. below. 

If you are a local group interested in hosting a Get-Together event, please speak to Anne or Jo, our Co-ordinators.

If you have any issues which you would like to see included in our Get-Togethers - or you would like us to join you to support a local Get-Together in your area, please contact us. 

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

Jo            jo-hscn@outlook.com 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.

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 22 April 2020

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