Recent Activities and Reports
On Thursday 23rd March Honiton Senior Voice held an open meeting. The speaker was Dr Adam Reuben who is Clinical Lead at Honiton Hospital Minor Injuries Unit [MIU]. He explained the workings of the MIU and the benefits of going to the local service for minor injuries, rather than to the A & E Department at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. The main advantage is a greatly reduced waiting time. More than 30 people attended the meeting.
We ended 2016 year as we began; raising the voice of Honiton seniors against injustice, the latest being the threatened withdrawal of 72 beds from East Devon local hospitals, including every bed from Honiton. We initiated a campaign, lobbied, marched and packed the biggest hall. A local Steering Committee presented a petition signed by 3,500 people. Through freedom of information questions we uncovered what appears to be a conflict of interest by the Independent Chair who owns a consultancy. The result of the highly contested consultation process which ended on January 6 is expected in April when we intend to hold a public meeting with our MP Neil Parish and other speakers.
We hosted useful discussions on the future of DSV/Board with Chair Carol McCormack and Sally at a meeting of East Devon reps. We resolved that whatever happens to DSV and its’ board during 2017 HSV aims to continue the work we began almost ten years ago, hopefully working with remaining branches. As we told Carol and Honiton Town Council if there was no Senior Voice it would have to be invented.
Seven years ago, on 6 January 2010, we hosted a meeting to address dementia issues with representatives of our Council and local interested groups. It led to the setting up of the highly successful Honiton Memory Cafe led by former nursing staff Heather Penwarden and Min Reynolds, which has gone from strength to strength and led to the successful Honiton Dementia Action Alliance. We congratulate HDAA on winning the Alzheimer’s Society award for Dementia Friendly Rural Community of the Year. Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes said what was remarkable was ‘the way they used imagination, energy and enthusi-asm to inspire others’. Well done all concerned.
Honiton Senior Voice have timetabled monthly branch meetings from Jan 26th (4th and on Thursday each month at Methodist Church during 2017. We are planning a meeting on the impact of Article 50- Brexit – on our com-munity especially seniors. Green representative Molly Scott Cato has already agreed to join us on April 21st. Watch for announcements in press, library, etc.
October 2016 – ‘Hands off Honiton Hospital’ campaign
Monday 18th April 2016 – Hustings Meeting for the Election of the new Police and Crime Commissioner.
Friday 17th June 2016 – In/Out Referendum with Speakers on both sides.
Thursday 24th March 2016 – Honiton Executive Committee. Julie Dent, Chairperson of the new Mutual Libraries Unlimited was the guest speaker and gave members an update on the progress on the new Honiton Mutual Library which will take over responsibility for the library on the 1st April 2016.
Thursday 25 February 2016 – Presentation by Devon & Somerset Trading Standards.