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Matlock and surrounding communities 50+ forum

Our group was established to look at and discuss issues that are important to the local 50+ community. These include transport, housing, access to information and representation for older people. We believe it is really important that we listen to our members so we can make sure we provide information and discuss topics that they care about. We also try very hard to ensure we are representing the views of the local 50+ community correctly.


Matlock and Surrounding Communities 50+ Forum held its initial development day on 19 May 2006 at the Edgefold Club, Matlock. Since our formation we have gone from strength to strength and have continued to work hard to represent the local 50+ plus community, bringing them information and advice on a wide range of topics.

In terms of achievements, we helped in the creation of a University of Third Age (U3A) in the Matlock area. There are now more than 36 Activity Groups and over 400 members involved with subjects varying from local history to art.

As part of the county-wide network of 50+ forums we were involved in establishing the local Handy Van scheme and working closely with Derbyshire County Council we were involved in the development of the Trusted Trader project.

What we're doing

Our open forum meetings have been useful with attendance varying from 30 through to over 100 people. They have provided the means for the local councils and health services to engage with older people in the area, and for our thoughts to be aired. We hold events four times a year in March, June, September and December. They are all held at the Imperial Rooms, Matlock.

More generally we have been consulted by various public service departments on subjects ranging from transport to health care. We are also currently working with local voluntary organisations to try and establish a help at home scheme for the area which will enable older people to remain living independently in their own homes.

If you have any ideas or topics you would like to see discussed at the next open forum meeting please contact the forum support officer.

Meeting and events

Visit the 50+ Forum meetings and events page for details of our open forum meetings.

Join us

If you would like to join the Matlock and Surrounding District 50+ Forum, please fill in the  form to join a 50+ forum. Our forum support officer will then contact you.

Contact us

Chair: Nic Dibben, tel: 01629 760196, email:

Gill Clarke


Tel: 01629 537681
Mob: 07796 938335

Jo Marples


Tel: 01629 532466
Mob: 07970 316320