More updates due soon on: 

The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession, resulting in free licences for over 75 year olds being abolished from June 2020.

As it stands (July 2019) you will only be eligible for a free TV licence if you are claiming Pension Credit.

Check here to see if you are eligible. 

You can apply to get Pension Credit four months before reaching the state pension age. You will need your national insurance number and information on your income, savings and investments, and bank account details. 


Diabetes UK, the charity for people with diabetes, has a network of over 400 voluntary groups throughout the UK.

The Carshalton Group aims to provide information and support for people living with diabetes, their family members, carers, friends and those with an interest in finding out more about diabetes.

See for the local support group for families with Children who have Diabetes. And Diabetes UK’s website at for more information about Diabetes.  

Fundraising events  

These events enable our group to continue to function and to contribute to Diabetes UK Funded Research into Diabetes.  

Supermarket Collection for Diabetes Research supported by Diabetes UK  

Easy Sponsored Walk in Morden Hall Park, 6th July 2.30pm A Stall at the Environmental Fair in Carshalton Park, 26th August 10.30am-6pm  

Social Event Christmas lunch in December  

2019 Programme of Meetings  

Daytime Meetings on Thursday afternoons at 2.30pm at the Good Shepherd Church Hall, Queen Mary’s Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, SM5 4NP.  

12th September Talk by Abdool Nayeck, Diabetes Specialist Dietician  

14th November Talk by Diabetes Specialist Nurse  

Evening Meetings on Thursday evenings at 7.30pm at the Friends Meeting House, 10 Cedar Road, Sutton, SM2 5DA.  

19th September Talk about Healthy Eating with Diabetes by Samshad Emmambux, Diabetes Specialist Dietician  

21st November Talk by Dr Hyer, Diabetes Consultant



The SSF committee have agreed to write to Epsom and St Helier Trust to try and seek an explanation as to why so many older people were discharged from hospital between 11pm and 6am.


During May, the St Helier Trust have supplied the details we requested about the discharge of elderly patients between the hours of 11.00pm and 6.00pm. Committee members will be studying the response at their next meeting early July, when they will decide how best to pursue any concerns.

If you have recently been discharged at night or early morning and were not happy with the process, perhaps you could let us know. Your name or personal details will never be used without your prior consent.  


nina and the queen 2To mark the Centenary of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Nina Amin, SSF Treasurer, had the pleasure of meeting Her Majesty the Queen at a reception at Windsor Castle on 2nd April 2019. Nina was grateful to have been accepted by the NCVO to stand in place of SSF Chair, Barry Todman, who was unable to attend. Nina said she felt proud, and an honour to represent SSF, particularly as she learnt that, from a total of some 14,000 charities, 200 charities had been selected and SSF was one of them. Each representative were presented to Her Majesty. Whilst waiting in the reception room, Nina had the opportunity to mingle with others representing a variety of charities from across the UK. 

Her Majesty was supported at the Reception by other members of the Royal Family, including The Princess Royal and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester. 

Nina had the pleasure of being introduced to The Duchess of Gloucester, who was very keen to know about SSF, particularly why she became involved with it.  She was interested to hear that, having cared for her aunt and parents in the past, it seemed like a natural progression. 


You can apply for an armed forces Veteran's Badge if you or a family member served from 1939 in one or more of five armed forces.

If you would like more information and an application form, you can do so from here or call FREEPHONE 0808 1914 218.