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Coventry Older Voices

Welcome to the website of Coventry Older Voices – the organization that speaks out on behalf of the City's over-50’s.

In case you don’t already know, we reject the stereotypical view of older people, and regard ourselves as an asset to our community, not a burden. And while we aim to ensure that our own interests are not ignored, we are also determined to contribute to the society of which we are part.

Our interests range from public transport to policing; from health and social services to the provision of information; from combatting social isolation to safety in public spaces. We work with a number of other local organisations to achieve our aims, including the City Council in their bid to make Coventry an Age Friendly City, as defined by the World Health Organisation.

Some of our most recent activities and events are shown below, and you can read about them in more detail by clicking on the (read more…) links, or by using the page menu at the top of this page.

You are welcome to join us – it’s free and you will receive copies of our Newsletter.

Age UK TV Licence Campaign

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Age UK are trying to persuade the Government to continue funding TV licences for the over 75s, and have organized a petition.

You can read about this, and maybe sign the petition, here.

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COV and Age UK Coventry

Age UK Coventry are no longer able to provide COV with the level of financial and administrative support they have in the past. This article discusses how this came about, and how it will affect COV in the future.

Read more details here.

A Very Expensive Bench

Can you believe that this bench cost £8,000?

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We certainly find it difficult.

Read the full story here..

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Health and Social Care Meeting Gets "Thumbs Up"

COV members who went to this meeting on 30th May voted it a great success.

Read about it here.

Volunteering at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

Do you have some spare time and want to put it to good use?

Here is an article on volunteering by COV Management Committee member Gaile Allen.

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Retailers and “Public” Toilets

The Council would like shops to allow members of the public to use their toilets. We met with a Council officer to discuss this.

Read more here.

National Express Pilots Contactless Payments

National Express are testing a new system of paying for bus journeys using contactless cards.

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This may affect you, even if you use an Older Person’s Travel Pass for all your bus journeys.

Read how this could affect you.

Oo-er - Where's the Driver?

Have you ever been on a driverless bus? COV member Kate Brown has.

Read about it here.

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Public Toilets - The Campaign Continues

We know that the provision of public toilets in Coventry is important to our members.

Here is an update on our continued campaign to persuade the Council of the need for adequate facilities.

Meeting Includes Talk on Cyber-Crime

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COV’s recent meeting at Coventry Foyer included the AGM, talks on Healthwatch Coventry and avoiding cyber-crime, and a discussion on issues affecting COV members.

You can read a full report here.

Have Your Say on Policing in the City

Coventry City Council want your opinion on the introduction of a "Public Spaces Protection Order"

Read more here.

Street Watch Coventry

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We have been asked by West Midlands Police to pass on some information about making your neighbourhood a safer place.

Read more here.

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COV Members have been helping with this research project at Coventry University.

You can read more here.

Data Protection and Privacy

COV have been taking steps to ensure that their members's data is secure, and that they they don't receive unwanted communications.

Read more here.

More News on Drapers' Hall

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It has been announced that the Arts Council England has awarded £1 million to the Historic Coventry Trust for the building's renovation.

Read more here.

Age Friendly Coventry Governance Board Meeting

Age Friendly Coventry Logo We sent Bridget Harper and Val Cawley to the meeting on 30th January, to learn about the latest developments.

Read about it here.

COV Receives Coventry 4 Good Grant

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We are happy to report that COV has been awarded a “Coventry 4 Good” grant of £158, to enable us to publish an extra edition of the COV Newsletter.

Read more here.

Blue Badge Scheme Review

Disabled parking blue badge The Government is to consider extending the Blue Badge scheme to those with hidden disabilities.

Read about it here.

Age UK Say Thank You

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Read about Age UK's message here.

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