Forum Annual Event – Thursday 12th September 2019
A Free Day at the National Botanic Garden of Wales for Forum Members
This year’s Annual Event has been themed to match members’ interests and preparations and excitement is building. There are many digital, health and wellbeing contributors, taster sessions and information stalls to enjoy and get help from.
As usual, the Forum Annual General Meeting will be held in the marquee and all members are encouraged to attend. This is your Forum and the AGM is an opportunity to voice your views about how it is run and what it does. In response to feedback received, we are keeping the session shorter this year but it will be packed full of content with a keynote talk on Innovative Ageing by researchers at Swansea University, the latest from the Welsh Government from Julie Morgan AM, Deputy Minister, Health and Social Services, with the Carmarthenshire County Council 50+ Champion, Cllr. Linda Evans completing the line-up. The University researchers also will be giving more details of their ground breaking work in Theatr Botanica at various times during the afternoon.
Principality House in the Garden will be a Digital Hub for the day where there will be a variety of hands on and advice Workshops covering the key issues that the membership has identified. Come along and see how modern digital services can be accessed safely and put to good use. Digital Communities Wales will be presenting information on using technology for better physical and mental health and the Police and two major banks will be running hands-on sessions covering family tree research, how to access digital services and how to stay safe online (and offline as scams come in a variety of guises). You are welcome to bring your own smart phone or tablet to these sessions though there will be some equipment available to use.
By the way, we are still looking for volunteers on the day to help out, especially to act as information guides for an hour or so at various times during the day to help members get to where they want to go. If this is not for you, please ask your friends and relatives if they would be interested in making the day as successful as possible for all who attend. If you would like more information about
is involved, please contact the Forum Secretary Sandra Llewelyn at firstname.lastname@example.org or via 01267 224692.
You can pre-register for the event and book transport from Carmarthen, Llanelli or Ammanford using the link below
A Great Day Out at the National Botanic Gardens
The 2018 Forum took place on Friday 14th September 2018. The event started around 10am and finished at 4pm. There was an exciting lineup of speakers, including Helena Herklots, the new Commissioner for Older people in Wales and Huw Iranca-Davies, the Welsh Government Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care in addition to information stands from over 40 organisations and a full range of activities.
The activities and taster sessions included subjects such as Dementia Friends, Carmarthenshire Is Kind, poetry, reflexology, shared reading, hearing loss, education-patient programme, sepsis, Nordic Walking, Walking Well Carmarthenshire, digital inclusion, yoga and more.
In addition there was a chance to enjoy music provided around the Gardens by Carmarthenshire Music Service.
Over 500 Forum members flocked to the Gardens and over 200 members packed the marque to hear the speakers including Councillor Linda Evans, Councillor Jane Tremlett, Ceri Wyn Jones, the well known poet and broadcaster, Julia Wilkinson, pioneer of initiatives such as Carmarthenshire is Kind and ‘social prescribing’ and Claire O’ Shea, campaign manager for the Campaign to End Loneliness and of course the special guests Helena Herklots and Huw Iranca-Davies
The session also included an address from the chairman of the Forum, Peter Loughran and the business of the AGM. The current members of the Forum steering group were re-selected and the new members appointed.
Please click on the links below to see the full videos of the speakers. Our thanks to Alud Jones from CVC Media who recorded the event.
Cllr Linda Evans, Ageing Well Champion
Cllr. Jane Tremlett, Dementia Champion
Helena Herklots, Older People’s Commissioner
Ceri Wyn Jones, Welsh poet and broadcaster
Peter Loughran, 50+ Forum Chairman
Huw Irranca-Davies, Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care
Complete Playlist of the presentations
This is what Cllr Emlyn Dole had to say about the event:
Carmarthen Journal – Council Leaders article on 19th Sept 2018
Let’s all do our bit and be kind to one another
There’s lots to be said about the wisdom that comes with age and experience and that was evident at the 50+ annual forum at the National Botanic Gardens on Friday as hundreds of people gathered to discuss the benefits of being kind to one another.
It was a record breaking turnout for the event where people had the opportunity to make new friends, get information from a range of services and hear keynote speeches on various topics of interest.
It was also an opportunity to seek the views of people on the range of services the council and our partners provide.
Talk of the day though was the concept of kindness and encouragement that great things are possible with only the most simple acts of generosity.
According to scientific research, performing an act of kindness can improve mental health and even relieve physical pain. It also develops strong meaningful relationships and friendships.
It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture – being kind could simply mean having a chat with the neighbour over the garden fence or it could be offering to fetch something for a friend when you nip into town.
So let’s all do our bit and be kind to one another – it costs nothing but so much can be gained in return’.
50+ Forum 2017
The special guest was the well-known entertainer and broadcaster Caryl Parry-Jones. If you would like to see the full talks by the various speakers please click on the following links
Caroline Streek, chairman of the 50+ Forum
Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health Wales for Hywel Dda Health Board
DC Gareth Jordan, Cyber Security Unit, Dyfed Powys Police
Caryl Parry Jones, guest speaker
Please check the 2017 event flyer for further details
50+ Forum 2015
Some of you will remember the very entertaining talk by our main guest speaker, the broadcaster and founder of Childline Esther Rantzen. You can see the full talk at the Botanic Gardens by clicking on the link.
The other speakers at the event included:
Mark Drakeford, Welsh Government minister for Health and Social Services
Councillor Linda Evans, Carmarthenshire County Council
Councillor Jane Tremlett, Carmarthenshire County Council
Later in the morning Esther went for a walk-about in the Great Glasshouse and met stall holders and members of the Forum
Older People’s Day – 1st October 2018
Monday October 1st is officially Older People’s Day 2018, an International Day to celebrate the achievements and contributions that older people make to society.
The event is based on the International Day of Older Persons set up by the United Nations
In 2016 the Secretary General of the United Nations declared:
“The International Day of Older Persons is our chance to take a stand against the destructive problem of ageism.
While older persons are often said to enjoy particular respect, the reality is that too many societies limit them, denying access to jobs, loans and basic services. The marginalization and devaluing of older persons takes a heavy toll. It undermines their productivity and experience in the workforce, in volunteerism and through civil engagement while constraining their capacity for caregiving as well as financial and other support to families and communities. Ageism frequently intersects with other forms of discrimination based on gender, race, disability and other grounds, compounding and intensifying its effects.
Ending ageism and securing the human rights of older persons is an ethical and practical imperative. The stakes are high and growing. The global population of older persons is expected to rise from just over 900 million in 2015 to 1.4 billion by 2030 ………..
I condemn ageism in all its forms and call for measures to address this violation of human rights as we strive to improve societies for people of all ages. This demands changing the way older persons are portrayed and perceived, from being seen as a burden to being appreciated for the many positive contributions they make to our human family.
I also call for greater legal guarantees of equality for older persons to prevent ageism from resulting in discriminatory policies, laws and treatment. I urge policy makers to compile better data and statistics on older persons’ health, economic status and general wellbeing in order to better address their concerns. And I hope we will all reflect on our prejudicial attitudes and consider how, as individuals, we can counter ageism.
Let us mark the International Day of Older Persons by forcefully rejecting all forms of ageism and working to enable older persons to realize their potential as we honour our pledge to build a life of dignity and human rights for all.