The National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC) made a protest stand on FRIDAY 21 JUNE against:

1. The BBC’s decision to means-test the TV licence for older people.

2. The Government’s decision to make the BBC pay for the concession.

Look out for more updates shortly


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. 


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.  


Once you're admitted to hospital, your treatment plan, including details for discharge or transfer, will be developed and discussed with you.

A discharge assessment will determine whether you need more care after you leave hospital.

You should be fully involved in the assessment process. With your permission, family or carers will also be kept informed and given the opportunity to contribute. To find out more please do so here


Age UK services are available for every older person, online, at the end of the phone, and in the local community. They can open doors and give everyone a place to turn to.

If you would like information or advice from Age UK, you can get it from here


The boroughs of Sutton and Merton have big plans to support their communities with new homes, jobs and improved town centres.

The Sutton Link would create a high-capacity route for people travelling between Sutton town centre and Merton using zero-emission vehicles. It would connect with other major transport services into central London and across south London, including National Rail, London Underground, existing tram and bus services. If you would like to find out more, do so from here