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The North Staffs Pensioners' Convention (NSPC) was established as a community organisation by the late Dave Goodman and his committee in 1991. Over the years we have built a reputation as a powerful, independent champion of older people's rights in the local community, and we enjoy broad-based support across North Staffordshire. A volunteer led organisation, the Convention has become a democratic voice for older people in North Staffordshire. We have a proud history but we cannot rest on our laurels - many thousands of our senior citizens remain excluded and deprived.
What we do
· Monthly public meetings held at the Arts Centre, Broad Street, Hanley with an
average audience of over 70 people
· Quarterly newsletter mailed to members and affiliates
· Gathering and documenting evidence of older people's experiences
· Research into policies and procedures that impact on the lives of older people
· Testing and challenging systems of service providers, where evidence has been
brought to us that these systems are not fit for purpose and are causing hardship
to older people
· Representations to MPs, councillors and decision-makers
· Campaigns on issues of concern to older people such as pensions, health and
social care, transport, post offices and panic alarms
· Annual trip to Pensioners' Parliament in Blackpool
· Building links with other Grey Power groups across the UK
The Convention enjoys the loyal backing of over 350 members and 20 affiliated organisations as well as widespread public support in North Staffs. Alongside our work in the local area we are committed to working with others at regional and national level on our common aims such as a decent income for all in retirement and an end to the artificial distinction between personal care (Social Services) and health care (National Health Service).
The Convention aims to ensure that the immense contribution older people have made throughout their lives, and continue to make, should be acknowledged and rewarded. Older people should have access to the support and services they need to allow them to live safely and healthily and have an active role in the community. Services for older people must be of the highest quality - second best will not do.
Unless otherwise indicated all meetings take place in the Mitchel Arts Centre, Broad Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, at 10.30am - 12.l5pm, on the first Monday of the month, unless it is a bank holiday when it will be the second Monday.
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