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About Us

We started in 2008 with funding from Devon County Council and NHS Devon as an independent and non-party-political forum that is listened to by the decision makers.  Since then, more than 2,000 members - and many associate members - in 19 groups across Devon have been working hand in glove with the authorities and others to meet the needs of older people and to improve their lives.

Devon Senior Voice speaks out on everything that affects their quality of life: from transport, health and well-being to housing, social care and rural isolation, and from leisure facilities and financial security to relations with younger people.

Our views are based on our members' experiences and on research of the evidence by our specialist advisory groups. Above all, we want to encourage new thinking on issues, and develop imaginative solutions.

We were part of a Government pathfinder to put older citizens at the centre of policy making and service delivery for the older population of Devon.

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How are we structured?

Our local branches run independently and contribute to the development of the organisation by raising issues of local concern to the wider membership through the Board of Directors, the Chairman's Meeting and the county-wide Assemblies. The elected Board of eight members are James Bradley (Okehampton), , Frances Canning (Exeter), Nigel Child (Newton Abbot) Margaret Coles (Holsworthy), Jose Kimber (Tiverton), Ann McClements (Vice-Chairman - Culm Valley), Carol McCormack-Hole (Chairman - Barnstaple), Martin Taylor (Tavistock). The Board meets on a monthly basis and works closely with the administrative staff to ensure that the organisation runs smoothly and meets its aims and objectives.  Our President is Bill Jordan.

The Board reports back to the members at the bi-annual Assembly meetings and the Annual General Meeting. Devon Senior Voice is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England with number 06538562. Registered office c/o Foot Anstey Solicitors, Senate Court, Southernhay Gardens, Exeter, Devon EX1 1NT.