Frequently Asked Questions

How can the ESF make a difference to peoples’ lives?
What are the benefits and advantages of membership of the ESF?
What does the ESF actually do?
How does the ESF represent my views?
What does membership of the ESF involve?
How does the ESF keep in touch with me?
How do I contact the ESF – who do I contact
How often does the ESF meet?
Where does the ESF meet?
How can I become more involved with ESF?
Where does the ESF want to be in twelve months time?
What is our strategy for getting to our agreed position in twelve months time?
Who else do we need to involve to develop our strategy and action plan?
What is our expected income and expenditure for the first twelve months?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



How can the ESF make a difference to peoples’ lives?

Eastbourne Seniors Forum is an independent Organisation which gives a collective voice to the over 50’s of Eastbourne, helping them to make decisions which impact their everyday lives.

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What are the benefits and advantages of membership of the ESF?

Eastbourne Seniors Forum decides its own agenda and takes up issues at local level as well as working with other Seniors Forums in Sussex promoting an older voice at regional and national level. The other benefit of the Forum is that it develops friendships and relationships that help to break down social isolation. The Forum is also very useful for circulating information widely.

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What does the ESF actually do?

The  main aim of the Forum is to enable to collective voice of the over 50’s of Eastbourne to influence issues that affect them and to know that through the Eastbourne Seniors Forum they will be heard.

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How does the ESF represent my views?

The Eastbourne Seniors Forum has already established links with several Local Authorities and Organisations with special interest responsibility for older people. The Forum intends to lobby where appropriate to ensure that the voice of the over 50’s in Eastbourne is given full account by decision makers on issues that may affect older people. 

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What does membership of the ESF involve?

Membership of the Eastbourne Seniors Forum is free.  It is for you to decide on the degree to which you wish to play a part in the work of the Forum.

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How does the ESF keep in touch with me?

Once you have registered as a member, with your agreement, your contact details will be recorded by the Secretary to ESF and you will be kept up to date with all information and matters relating to ESF functions.

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How do I contact the ESF – who do I contact?

The ESF website contains a series of e-mail addresses enabling people to contact the Chairman and Officers of the Forum together with those responsible for the direction of each Special Interest Group.

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How often does the ESF meet?

There will be three statutory meetings each year one of which will be the Annual General Meeting. It is anticipated that in addition there will also be ad hoc meetings of both the  Forum Committee and Special Interest Groups according to the need.

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Where does the ESF meet?

The ESF will have available a number of locations including Age Concern premises, Kings Centre and community locations in the town.

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How can I become more involved with ESF?

The best way to become more involved with the ESF is to join one of the Special Interest Groups working with other organisations and agencies in the town.

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Where does the ESF want to be in twelve months time?

The ESF intends to establish itself as a vibrant and active Forum with a proven track record of action on behalf of older people to resolve issues and concerns that have been raised. The Forum intends to present a report on progress at the first Annual General Meeting in 2009.

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What is our strategy for getting to our agreed position in twelve months time?

The Eastbourne Seniors Forum will work with a range of Organisations and Agencies to establish itself as an effective voice for the over 50’s of Eastbourne.  It is intended that our case will be professional and well presented, supported by facts and strong evidence to support our beliefs on behalf of older people.

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Who else do we need to involve to develop our strategy and action plan?

We will work with any Local Authority, Group or Organisation in Eastbourne and the surrounding area to achieve the aims and objectives of promoting the welfare and interests of  older people within the Eastbourne area without the distinction of gender, ethnic background, age, disability, sexuality, religion and political beliefs.

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What is our expected income and expenditure for the first twelve months?

It is too early to say for certain what our expected income will be at this early stage. However, expenditure for the launch of the Forum and expenditure in the coming months has now been identified in order to confirm that we remain solvent.

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How will we source the income required to fulfil our objectives?

East Sussex County Council have provided a start-up fund which will be of great assistance in the first few months. It is anticipated that additional grants and sponsorship will boost our income. Expenditure is expected to be reduced somewhat after the initial launch period.

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